Well, that’s the DVD extras for ‘The White Queen’ box set sorted then. Joking aside, this two-part documentary series, which ties in neatly with the BBC’s Sunday night historical epic, is worth slightly more than that. Presented by Dr Philippa Gregory (on whose books the show is of course based), it puts some historical flesh on the series’s rather soapy bones and suggests that this was indeed a story just begging to be gussied up and presented to the ‘Downton’ demographic.
Concentrating on the stories of the era’s women is a shrewd and righteous move – the male power politics were one thing but the female suffering, plotting and manoeuvring seems to have been every bit as extensive as ‘The White Queen’ leads us to believe.
For example, we now understand why Margaret Beaufort was so uptight – she was a mother before entering her teens and lost her son for long periods to the brutal dynastic politics of the day. Like most current BBC documentaries, deeply generic in presentational terms, but a lively enough story all the same.
A Bloomsbury restaurant serving traditional dishes from south India, with a particular focus on the food of Kerala. The restaurant is set across two floors, with the ground floor representing the restaurant proper and a downstairs room for set menus and lunchtime specials. The restaurant bills itself as a specialist in dosa – light, crispy pancakes eaten across the south of India. Here they're served with masala potato, sambar and chutneys, with egg, lamb, chicken or prawns, or stuffed with diced onion, tomato, capsicum and cheese. Other starters include chilli paneer, rasam soup and even mulligatawny. Mains include dishes ranging from chicken Malabar, chicken korma and butter chicken to Kerala fish curry, crab thenga, green mutton masala and meen manga puli – a dish of fish and mango cooked in fenugreek, onion, tamarind, curry leaves and coconut milk. Biryanis also feature.
Venue says: “Malabar Junction has been serving South Indian delicacies to customers from around the world for more than two decades.”