Pat is waiting for his wife Laura to reawaken after an emergency brain operation. It’s while watching his agonies of barely suppressed anxiety that the truly wonderful thing about the NHS becomes apparent. Intensive care costs £1,600 per person, per day. But that’s the one – perhaps only – thing Pat needn’t worry about. Laura will be there for as long as she needs to be, and at no stage will Pat have to ask himself whether he can afford it.
As this incredibly timely series continues, we see many more examples of the NHS’s workaday benevolence. Tonight, we range from GP Chris Abel, who holds the fort on an isolated island off the west coast of Scotland, to the National Hospital of Neurology where one patient begins ‘one of the most important days of his life’ wondering if his tumour can be removed. Tumours in need of removal? Feel free to insert your own comparisons with the present government at this point…
Does London really need a fine dining restaurant at The O2? It’s a question you’ll ask yourself more than once at The Peninsula, which is tucked inside the InterContinental Hotel and promises ‘dramatic views’ over Canary Wharf and Greenwich Peninsula. In truth, the best view you’ll get here is of the food that’s placed in front of you. The dishes are artfully put together and, quite simply, beautiful. A starter of pink and tender Iberico pork fillet combined particularly well with soft pieces of prawn ceviche and some glossy blobs of squid ink, while the other end of the meal featured a sensational vanilla parfait with sticky toffee and tonka crumble that I devoured within seconds. It’s a shame, then, that nobody’s here to enjoy it. Maybe it’s the location. Maybe it’s because the average price of a main is nearly £30. Either way, the lack of bodies gives the place a very strange, stuffy atmosphere. The waiters are outstanding and they do their best to bring some energy into the otherwise silent room, but we can’t help feeling that The Peninsula needs to loosen up a little to attract The O2 masses.
Venue says: “Watching your favourite act live at The O2? Experience our wonderful pre-show menu and enjoy direct access into the arena post dinner!”