This lengthy documentary seeks to rescue ‘Pride and Prejudice’ from the ‘deadening’ effects of passed time. Sadly, it achieves the opposite effect. Amanda Vickery and Alastair Sooke are recreating – in extreme, almost pedantic detail – the Netherfield Ball from ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The food. The dance steps. The pain-in-the-arse clothes. Everything. It’s around the moment we hear the phrase ‘look at the quality of these buttons’ that we wonder if they mightn’t have got slightly carried away.
What does this strange enterprise tell us of Austen? Mainly, that she belongs to a period in history that remains a TV ratings winner. But it tells us more about ourselves. It suggests that while the past might be a foreign country, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to spend an unhealthy amount of our time there.
Aya Cuisine 2
Aptly named Aya Cuisine 2, this branch is the second in a mini-chain of Lebanese restaurants in south London, located near Colliers Wood station. Expect a selection of all things Middle Eastern, from hummus to falafel and everything in between, set in a cosy environment. There’s also a take away menu if you fancy dining in the comfort of your own home.
Venue says: “We are offering a 20% food Ala-card discount Monday-Friday 12.00pm-5.00pm, Excluding bank holidays. Bring your own booze (no corkage fee)!”