Multiple timelines. Dead children. A small town with secrets. ITV’s latest whodunit is rather jumping on its own bandwagon. ‘Broadchurch’ comparisons are as inevitable as they are unfair, although ‘The Guilty’ does feature a predominantly comedic actress (Tamsin Greig) ‘doing an Olivia Colman’ as the investigating officer.
Still, it’s a reasonably intriguing opener which could yet blossom into something special in its next two episodes. The focus is four-year-old Callum, who goes missing on a bank holiday weekend and whose body is only discovered five years later, only yards from where he disappeared. Both periods are intercut, sometimes a little clumsily (2008: sun-dappled, hazy; 2013: grey, bleak), as we perceive the troubles and tensions bubbling beneath the suburban bonhomie.
Darren Boyd and Katherine Kelly are superb as the loved-up/grieving parents, and there’s a certain grimy appeal to digging below the surface of a middle-class paradise. But there’s also the feeling that we’ve been here many, many times before.
Huckle The Barber Holborn
Seasoned hair dude Chris Ward opened his first Huckle barber shop on Old Street in 2012, and this second outpost has been seeing to Bloomsbury’s beards and barnets since 2015. The clean and simple aesthetic carries through to the service. No fussy grooming, vaguely invasive massage or ear-flaming tricks here – ‘our gimmick is: no gimmicks,’ my barber Marshal said. Which sounded slick, but turned out to be bang on. Once settled in a big, comfy barber’s chair, hair-washed and hot-towelled, I got the best cut I’ve had in ages. Marshal took a few minutes to work out what was going on upstairs before getting stuck in, recommended a few products but never went the full sales pitch, and provided great chat without the awkward. The soundtrack was on point (there’s a ‘Band of the Month’ blackboard – this month: Future Islands) and the coffee was very decent. For after-work appointments they’ve also got craft ale on tap and a selection of whiskies. At £45 for a wash and trim and £22 for a clipper cut, this isn’t a budget option. But if that’s in your price range and you're after a top cut without the fake-Edwardian faff, Huckle’s the business.
Venue says: “No gimmicks, independent male grooming of the highest quality with no pretence. Two shops to choose from: Shoreditch and Holborn.”