Series seven, episode one
It’s a story that’s both far-fetched and familiar: ambitious ingénue manipulates herself into position of power at the expense of friends and colleagues. In this case, it’s Effy Stonem (Kaya Scodelario), back as one of three ‘Skins’ alumni in three two-part dramas.
In later weeks, we’ll be waving off Cassie (Hannah Murray) and Cook (Jack O’Connell), but the luminous, enigmatic Scodelario more than holds her own as Effy, cut adrift from all her former compadres bar flatmate Naomi (the returning Lily Loveless). Effy is pushing paper at a City hedge fund, desperate for the break which duly comes her way when she capitalises on some compromising financial information. Her rapid rise happens as Naomi, drifting through life, tries to find some purchase as a budding stand-up (with predictably excruciatingly results).
The stage is set for a modern morality tale, although we’ll have to wait until next week to see if that comes to pass. In the meantime, Scodelario and a strong supporting cast, including supportive maths nerd Craig Roberts and dodgy bosses Lara Pulver and Kayvan Novak, keep things interesting even as the narrative rather goes through the motions.
One of London's many escape games on offer, following the same sort of vibe: there's a theme, you form a team and use your mind to get out of a locked room. At this east London game a group (minimum two, max five) of you are invited into the mind of a 'white collar criminal' to search his thoughts for a secret code. It sounds a little 'Black Mirror' esque, but hopefully you'll do better than John Ham and won't get trapped. Within 60 minutes participants will be faced with puzzles, challenges and mysteries, which all need to be solved in order to escape in time.