This new thriller is loosely based on the memoirs of Molly Lefebure, who was secretary to Home Office pathologist and pioneer of modern forensics Keith Simpson during World War II. From a ratings point of view, it’s a shrewd commission – there will always be a certain level of audience take-up for gloomy atmospherics, air raid sirens and spivs in fedoras. As a drama, though, this will need time to bed in.
Doctor Lennox Collins (Patrick Kennedy) may be a forensics man but he’s a TV detective in spirit – maverick, unpredictable and not entirely risk averse. In fact, the blurring of the lines between his emerging profession and the more stolid police work that surrounds him is one of the main sources of intrigue. One suspects that Lefebure would be delighted with her fictional counterpart, the flighty and vivacious Molly Cooper (Tamzin Merchant) who emerges as Collins’s partner in crime during this opener. Three women are dead. But can the pair dodge the Luftwaffe for long enough to nail the killer? Very much of its type, but perfectly watchable.
Proud Cabaret City
This Mark Lane spot is from the Proud group - a chain perhaps best known for its live music space, Proud Camden. This City venue is part of a successful venture into the cabaret scene, with sister venues both in Camden and down on the south coast, in Brighton. There's an art deco, speakeasy feel to things here, with much of the cabaret following aesthetic suit. Shows range from music, burlesque and vaudeville to circus acts, fire-play and risqué dance. Keep an eye out for DJ nights, too. Food doesn't play second fiddle to the music. There's global influence, so expect Thai steamed mussels and sticky yakitori chicken skewers alongside fillet steaks served with black truffle butter, sea bass with a chilli and rosemary crust, and roasted turbot steak served with steamed samphire, salsify and hollandaise sauce.
Venue says: “Our flagship 1920s speakeasy venue is located in the heart of London’s financial district.”