The challenge for much-loved radio institutions transferring to TV is introducing themselves to a new audience while keeping the loyal fanbase onside. On the basis of this series opener, Steve Delaney’s doddery, malapropistic and memory-challenged ‘showbiz legend’ manages some funny moments, but this still feels almost aggressively old school in its format and furthermore, very much like a show that might as well still be on the wireless.
The story arc involves Rory Kinnear’s author Michael Barker attempting to write his father’s biography. His father Max, was Count Arthur’s comedy partner. And so it begins. Oddly, this show may be redeemed by its promising minor characters: Kinnear is amusingly prissy and pedantic, and we like the look of Chris Ryman as café owner Bulent, too. We weren’t alone in feeling equivocal about the series, but that hasn’t stopped the BBC from a quickfire repeat and early recommission.
The Old Crown
This New Oxford Street pub looks every bit the contemporary take on a traditional British boozer - think large leather chesterfields and exposed brickwork alongside gilded rococo mirrors, intricate chandeliers and wallpaper with a hint of the hunt about it. The food menu is a mix of pub classics, sharing boards and daily specials. Brunch is served from 11am – 4pm. Beers include Amstel, Blue Moon and Peroni. A short wine list takes in France, Italy, Spain and a few new world regions, with most of the bottles available by the glass. Classic cocktails sit alongside Old Crown specials, including 'twisted' gin and tonics. There's a late license on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with DJs bringing the party vibe until 3am.
Venue says: “The Old Crown public house is a secret oasis away from the bustle of the West End, delivering locally-sourced fresh produce.”