Dramas about kids on council estates are fast becoming a tired template, especially with films such as ‘Attack the Block’, ‘Ill Manors’ and ‘Fish Tank’ having set the bar so high. However, this new show set in southeast London just about holds the interest. Teenage producer and MC duo Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) and Jay (Calvin Demba) have received their GCSE results, which predictably fall at opposite ends of the spectrum. Yemi has gained a scholarship with all-As, but Jay is doomed to a life in his dad’s business with a big fat fail. Unless, of course, a battle-of-the-bands style competition can change the course of their lives.
As first episodes go, it’s a slow-burner pepped up by appearances from the YouTube smashes Mandem On The Wall, who quite literally sit on a wall offering their two cents like the crows in ‘Dumbo’. But there’s a certain charm to Yemi and Jay’s friendship that keeps you egging them on. It’s not mind-blowing, but worth 30 minutes of your time.
The Queens Arms
The Queens Arms was built in 1846 and has been serving up pints to the people of Pimlico ever since. Now run by the Food & Fuel Group, the place is furnished with wooden tables, has a fine selection of ales, an extensive wine list and serves good old pub grub, plus a few fancier dishes, such as steamed Zeeland mussels and cote de boeuf.
Venue says: “Locally-loved Victorian gastropub with a gorgeous panelled dining room. Weekday fast and fresh lunchtime menu for just £5.50.”