But watch it you should – this is another hugely worthwhile project from the True Vision team. It follows the Telford investigation through all of its gruelling stages and, even though many of the gory details are spared, enough are not to make it clear what a toll such work must take. But then consider the victims. Sarah, for example, was abused for four years. Most of the girls are isolated from family and friends; transported around the country; imprisoned and raped until suicide seems the only answer. And then those brave enough to testify relive the torment in court as barristers take it in turns to shred their character.
The DPP called for ‘urgent, radical reform’ of our justice system in the light of this case and no wonder. Not easy viewing then, but the commitment involved in making this kind of film demands attention.
With a futuristic sliding entrance door (set off by placing your hand on a sensor), a plush, dark interior and polished service, Umu is guaranteed to impress. The bill too is likely to leave a lasting impression, so it’s best to save this swanky venue for a special occasion unless you have an expense account. (There was no shortage of high-powered diners on our most recent visit.) On such a celebratory occasion, opt for the multi-course tasting menu and you’ll get to explore an elaborate range of Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, presented on attractive dishes. The modern sushi doesn’t always make the grade, though, so stick to the classic version. Luxury ingredients abound on the à la carte: wild Scottish lobster tempura, wagyu beef tataki (grade 9) and Irish abalone steamed in saké. For a less bank-breaking taster of the menu, come at lunch for a set meal (such as a bento with grilled fish, meat or tempura, or somen noodles) – all served with soup, salad and a dessert. Our nigiri sushi selection was of the utmost quality. The ample wine and saké lists are worthy of exploration too.
Venue says: “Umu's kaiseki tasting menu is now being served - eight exquisite courses, full of seasonal produce from the British Isles.”