The complicated personal life of Henry VIII was a cultural disaster for Britain. The separation of the Church of England from the Catholic church ushered in an age of isolation and visual and aesthetic austerity during which only a few visionaries swam against the tide.
This three-part series sees the likeable Helen Rosslyn exploring the vocations of the likes of Thomas Howard. Known as the ‘collector’ Earl of Arundel, Howard’s compulsive importing of Italian Renaissance paintings eventually sparked something of a revolution in the appreciation of art in Britain.
As a film, this feels worthy enough but – like so much of BBC4’s recent documentary output – a little safe and predictable. Increasingly, there’s the sense of a channel which is content to tick over, avoid risk and preach to the choir. Let’s hope we aren’t seeing the beginning of our very own age of cultural austerity.
The classier vibe at this Chinatown restaurant is in stark contrast to many of the Chinese restaurants in this part of town, where 'no-frills' can be a generous description. Here, expect a classy, modern look with branding everywhere. Dim sum is available at lunchtimes, with dishes ranging from sesame prawn rolls, cheung fun with dried scallops and har gau dumplings to tripe in black pepper sauce, marinated spicy duck tongues and chicken claws in Chinese wine. The evening menu also goes from well-known Chinese crowd-pleasers to dishes many Westerners might balk at. Expect, then, roast duck, kung po chicken and stir-fried beef in oyster sauce alongside fish and tofu soup with preserved egg, and braised sea cucumber with fish lips.
Venue says: “Mention Time Out and receive a free 125ml glass of red or white wine when ordering set menu C or D. See the menu for more details!”