TV cops can’t shoot straight. That’s the only thing that allows Lucas Hood to make it as far the fictional Pennsylvanian town of Banshee. Sadly, it’s not the only cliché in the opening episode of this new drama – many of the characters feel a touch generic. Still, at least the set-up is unusual, if utterly implausible.
A master thief, Hood (Antony Starr) is out of prison after serving time for stealing diamonds from a Ukrainian gangster. He happens to rock up in Banshee just as a new sheriff is about to take over. He finds himself drinking with said sheriff in a deserted local bar when some hoodlums arrive and end the new lawman’s short reign.
So, what’s an ex-con to do? Pass himself off as the new sheriff, that’s what. Stunningly daft, then. Still, it’s not a complete write-off – we suspect there’ll be fun to be had with the local crime kingpin (every small American town has one apparently), a lapsed Amish man called Kai who makes his whores don Amish bonnets before fellating him.
Proud Cabaret City
This Mark Lane spot is from the Proud group - a chain perhaps best known for its live music space, Proud Camden. This City venue is part of a successful venture into the cabaret scene, with sister venues both in Camden and down on the south coast, in Brighton. There's an art deco, speakeasy feel to things here, with much of the cabaret following aesthetic suit. Shows range from music, burlesque and vaudeville to circus acts, fire-play and risqué dance. Keep an eye out for DJ nights, too. Food doesn't play second fiddle to the music. There's global influence, so expect Thai steamed mussels and sticky yakitori chicken skewers alongside fillet steaks served with black truffle butter, sea bass with a chilli and rosemary crust, and roasted turbot steak served with steamed samphire, salsify and hollandaise sauce.
Venue says: “Our flagship 1920s speakeasy venue is located in the heart of London’s financial district.”