As this wonderful series approaches its climax next week, the questions are mounting. Will DI Hardy (David Tennant) be in any sort of shape to complete the investigation? What was in the texts deleted by Ellie’s (Olivia Colman) son? What does Nige Carter get up to with his crossbow? And, of course, whodunit? Pauline Quirke’s aggressively shifty outsider is surely too obvious; likewise suspiciously defensive vicar Arthur Darvill.
Our money’s on Ellie’s husband, just for the dramatic meat that this would serve up for the brilliant Colman. The initial comparisons with the first series of ‘The Killing’ and its leisurely analysis of a grieving family haven’t proved to be too wide of the mark. Creator Chris Chibnall has balanced crimebusting thrills with moving, intimate drama, helped along by a note-perfect cast and a leading pair whose every shared scene has been pure magic. If ITV somehow tops this in 2013, we’ll move to Dorset and become Scout leaders.
Forty Dean Street
Located in the heart of bustling Soho, this family-run restaurant has been serving up hearty Italian fare for nearly 20 years. The decor is slightly dated yet charming, with a cosy candlelit atmosphere in the evening.The menu includes the usual Italian staples of pizza, pasta and seafood. A starter of panfried tiger prawns was served piping hot and cooked to juicy perfection, while the gnocchi main – complete with wild mushrooms, smoked mozzarella and about five litres of truffle oil – proved a tasty way to sabotage one’s waistline. A generous portion of lobster ravioli was equally as filling, if a bit dry. And for those craving more, there are a variety of homemade desserts available, from a zingy lemon tart to a silky-smooth vanilla panna cotta.But the real star of the show here is the set menu. Available all day, every day, it offers filling Italian fare at great value (the price differs by the day – go early in the week), making Forty Dean Street an ideal destination for hungry Londoners on a budget.
Venue says: “Looking for an escape from the office while the sun's out? We've got the best lunch deal in Soho: two courses for only £10.90. Book now.”