Preceded by a third series of Jane Horrocks’s sketchy supermarket sitcom ‘Trollied’ at 9pm, this endearingly daft sitcom created by and starring Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Jonny Sweet and ‘Inbetweeners’ alumni Joe Thomas and Simon Bird first saw the light as a C4 pilot with enormous potential.
Sky1 smartly snapped it up, giving tryhard prig Cecil (Bird), wimpy lovebird George (Thomas) and empty-headed ladies’ man Bert (Sweet) a welcome six episodes to spend justifying their behaviour, staying at home while the Great War rages. Although, given the fury of the local womenfolk, the Somme might have been a better option as Bonfire Night arrives and a Guy is required.
Bird and Thomas more or less reprise their old characters but are none the worse for it, leaving Sweet to steal the show with his blissfully, ignorant posho. The theme tune is overused and one or two set-ups are hackneyed, but performances, attention to detail and all-round silliness carry the day.
The aim of this bar and restaurant is to bring a slice of the Med to Gipsy Hill. Serving up traditional cuisine from a seasonal menu, classics on offer include homemade pasta (expect a range of varieties), risottos, braised lamb shank, calves' liver with butter and sage and fritto misto di pesce. There’s a set menu for lunch and dinner throughout the week as well as an extensive wine list with regional selections to accompany the food. The venue also hosts live music nights, just in case you fancy being serenaded with some jazz – or even opera? – whilst you eat.