Sky1’s new post-apocalyptic drama series arrives with some pretty heady credentials. Directed by ‘Iron Man’ helmer Jon ‘Favs’ Favreau and exec-produced by the preternaturally busy JJ Abrams (‘Lost’, the big screen ‘Star Trek’ reboot, etc.), and starring the supremely cool Billy Burke (‘Twilight’) and Giancarlo Esposito (the nosy FBI agent from ‘The Usual Suspects’) as his evil opposite number, it sounds like it should all pretty much take care of itself.
A bizarre – and as yet very hazily delineated – global event has banjaxed all electrical systems (including, oddly, battery power) and sent humankind back to the Stone Age. Cue bands of marauding gangs asset-stripped from ‘Mad Max’ and ‘The Road’, a band of rag-tag heroes pulled out of ‘The Walking Dead’ and a black-clad ruling militia plucked wholesale from any ’80s video shelf.
The lead character, meanwhile, is a plucky blonde girl with a $1,000 leather jacket and longbow who will be mightily familiar to anyone who’s seen ‘The Hunger Games’. Derivative, dated, poorly scripted, opportunistic and plodding – episode two follows at 10pm for those with too much time on their hands.
The Oval Restaurant at The Wellesley London
This smart-looking restaurant is located at the very swanky, five-star hotel, The Wellesley, on Knightsbridge. There's an opulent art deco look to the dining room, with a very bling chandelier providing the centrepiece. The menu is Italian, though influences from around the world feature. Expect, then, dishes such as risotto with prawns, white asparagus and lobster bottarga, and beef tartare with shaved Norcia black truffle and hazelnuts alongside soy-glazed octopus with pearl onions, saffron potatoes and corn sauce, and dover sole meunière with grilled asparagus and Mediterranean sauce. Expect a wine list you can splash out on, too. The dress code is 'elegant'.
Venue says: “Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A beautiful intimate venue, steps from Hyde Park Corner Tube Station.”