The road taking TV drama from Britain to America is littered with failure: ‘Cracker’; ‘Cold Feet’; ‘Skins’; the godforsaken ‘Life on Mars’. But a high-concept piece like ‘Being Human’ feels like a good fit for a US audience primed for more supernatural action in the wake of ‘True Blood’, ‘Twilight’ et al. This is a very honorable effort: a little bit cheesier, a little bit brasher, a little bit noisier, but otherwise, capturing the tragicomic spirit of Toby Whithouse’s outstanding series.
For the uninitiated, it features two hospital grunts, a vampire (Aidan) and a werewolf (Josh), sharing a flat with a ghost (Sally – still stuck with a grey cardy) and coming to terms with their afflictions in the face of threats both natural and deeply weird. This opener doesn’t add much to the original concept, but it’s a promising start and will provide succour to those still mourning the original’s demise at the hands of BBC3.
St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys
This Searcys restaurant and bar on the upper concourse at St Pancras Station certainly boasts some pretty views. Look outside and you're treated to the impressive glass and steel lattice roof of the station; inside and it's a lovely art-deco room designed by Martin Brudnizki. You can see the Eurostar parking up and pulling away, too. Dishes range from John Ross Jr. smoked salmon with pickled dill cucumber to Camden Pils-battered haddock and chips, Creedy Carver chicken pie and rib of beef on the bone with peppercorn and béarnaise sauces. Keep an eye out for weekly specials, too. Drinks are also a focus, with the champagne selection able to take advantage of Searcys Champagne Bar directly opposite, and a nicely categorised wine list led by the old world but with a fair few new world options too. Classic cocktails, a very good whisky selection and beers and ciders both on draught and by the bottle complete the list.
Venue says: “Champagne School, June 20 – join us to taste a trio of dry to sweet Champagne with sharing plates for £45. Visit our website to book.”