Revenge is the order of the day as the first series of ‘Orphan Black’ comes to an end with tonight’s double bill. Sarah’s daughter is in hospital. Helena’s in a cage. Cosima learns the truth about Delphine. None of them are very happy about it. It’s good, camp fun, if pretty bewildering – the final twist may prove hard to swallow for even the most diehard fans (of which there are many).
But as an international showcase for BBC America, it does the job, and one can only praise the efforts of Tatiana Maslany, playing no fewer than eight different roles. Even if the accents sometimes defeated her, it’s been an enormously impressive achievement, anchoring a series that occasionally threatened to spin out of control.
Sea Containers at Mondrian London
London’s docklands were bustling with ‘On the Waterfront’ activity right up until the 1960s. Containerisation – the adoption of uniformly sized cargo that could be lifted easily from vessel to vessel – made London’s docks obsolete, as the bigger ships moved to the deeper waters of Essex and beyond. As the working docks moved out of the city, the new offices and corporations moved in. In 1977 a major new hotel project was built on the South Bank, but failed to come to fruition. The near-complete concrete edifice, perched right on the river’s bank, was acquired by a shipping company and became Sea Containers House. After the bankruptcy of Sea Containers Ltd in 2006, the edifice was in the doldrums for a while before eventual conversion back into a hotel. Sea Containers is now the name of the hotel’s flagship restaurant. The shipping theme is carried through the Mondrian London hotel’s lobby, bars and dining area. Model freighters from its former use are still on display in cases. There’s even the illusion of a vast copper hull along one wall, a trompe l’oeil created by designer Tom Dixon’s team which has given the hotel its makeover. A model yellow submarine is suspended over the restaurant’s bar. The hotel dining room could easily be soulless were it not for an open kitchen on one side, and views of riverside joggers and strollers on the other. The menu name-checks slightly too many trends and diverse dish styles, yet manages to render them well. A South American-style cevic
Venue says: “Bringing the best of American and British cuisine to the Southbank, offering a modern yet casual dining experience in an informal setting.”