It’s taken us longer than most to appreciate the charms of ‘Scott and Bailey’. The cases felt too hackneyed, the writing too cosy, and the debt to ‘Cagney & Lacey’ too marked. But this third series is off to a flier. Certainly, ‘S&B’ still boasts the best toilette tête-à-têtes in British TV drama, and the quality of performances (especially from Lesley Sharp, Suranne Jones and Amelia Bullmore) has never been in question.
But Sally Wainwright’s dialogue is now humming like never before, while Janet and Rachel’s tumultuous private lives are finally paired with a case with genuine emotional wallop when an old lady’s severed head is found in a house that ‘smells of evil’. Nicola Walker is impeccably sullen yet sympathetic as the dead woman’s daughter, and the central interview scenes are deftly handled. Now all that’s required is a male character who’s neither bastard nor berk. Series four, perhaps?
There's more to this fish and chip shop in Brockley than deep-fried cod, rock, plaice and chips. Sure there's all the usual to take away – including pies, spring rolls and battered sausages – but there's a sit-down restaurant proper here too, with a much more varied menu. Expect, then, things like seafood platters of calamari, whitebait, prawns, scampi and fish cakes alongside marinated, grilled whole sea bass, fillet of salmon with sesame seeds and teriyaki sauce, and marinated tiger prawns served with salad. And if you want to dine in and tuck into classic cod and chips with mushy peas, a pickled egg and a saveloy on the side? You can do that, too.
Venue says: “Come and try our gluten-free fish and chips or maybe choose between grilled sea bass, salmon, calamari and grilled prawns.”