Where, exactly, has ‘Ambassadors’ gone wrong? The idea, sending blundering diplomats to a chaotic post-Soviet state, is sound, while the casting – with Mitchell and Webb as inept and smug respectively – is tried and tested. The fault lies in the tone: ‘Ambassadors’ demonstrates, like so many others before it, just how difficult a comedy-drama can be to execute.
Tonight’s final episode is another slice of ripe characterisation, featuring Michael Smiley’s crack government interrogator and Natalia Tena as the Tazbek President’s spoilt, tarty daughter. There are promising situations too, as a power cut and an ill-advised tryst leave Keith (Mitchell) and Neil (Webb) looking distinctly compromised. But the whole simply doesn’t hang together – infuriating, given the talent involved. ‘Ambassadors’ may need a rethink before serving another term.
Flour to the People
A small bakery-cum-café in Battersea, specialising in sourdough bread and Neapolitan pizza. Head along for a freshly prepared breakfast, where even the butter is home-made. The wine list is small but inexpensive, and there are plenty of options for pizza toppings. They're on sourdough bases, and range from traditional margheritas, diavolas, capricciosas and neopolitanas to the more unusual option of English breakfast. A vegan option comes with seasonal vegetables. And for dessert? How about a pizza with vanilla Ice cream and nocciolata crema di cacao e nocciole? (Posh Italian Nutella, basically.)
Venue says: “We are starting a revolution! Handcrafted baked goods and fresh ingredients for the people! Join us for breakfast or brunch.”