You might remember Mark Roberts from famous streaks including the Fred Talbot Weather Island Streak, the Champions League Streak and the work that was arguably his Sistine Chapel, the 2004 Superbowl Streak. But John Farrar’s ‘First Cut’ debut film finds the 49-year-old Scouser in reflective mood. The bailiffs are at his door, his kids are embarrassed and it’s time to stop. But does he have one more big job in him?
This could be a quirkily fascinating film. There’s something adrift and even mildly tragic about Roberts: some itch that, even stark-bollock naked, he can’t quite scratch. But while Farrar’s style is heavily indebted to the likes of Louis Theroux and Jon Ronson, he can’t quite manage the levels of unconscious revelation they sometimes conjure. So too often, he’s left with hyperbole. Is doing a final streak really ‘the biggest decision of Mark’s life’? Is it really fair to say that Mark ‘seems to have lost his bottle’ when it looks more like he’s just grown up? There’s a lesson for documentary-makers here: sometimes, you just have to let the story tell itself.
Prime Burger Euston
Once upon a time the guys behind Prime Burger roamed the land serving their patties and buns at events. They've served Glastonbury-goers, London Olympians, Chelsea florists – even the American Ambassador, at his Fourth of July party. Now they've got a permanent spot here, with another site at St Pancras. Their patties are made from prime cuts (hence the name) from the forequarter and rib. They're slipped into combos like the 'guv'nor' (bacon, cheddar, gherkins, tomato, lettuce, onion and mustard mayo) and the 'crazy larry' (fresh jalapenos, hot chilli salsa, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo). There's a veggie burger and a few chicken burgers too, if you don't fancy cow. Breakfasts also feature, including a hefty looking 'full monty'. Milkshakes, coffees and teas are on offer too. And if you want booze? There are wines, and Camden Town Brewery ales.
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