Series one, episode seven
As it nears its finale, ‘The Returned’ is graduating from the merely brilliant to the extraordinary. The tension and mystery have been in place since episode one, but each subsequent instalment has added a layer of emotional sophistication, climaxing in tonight’s truly moving community gathering to remember Joseph and Anna, driven over the brink by Camille’s well-meaning but ill-judged tales of the afterllife.
But, just as answers are promised, further questions are posed. As a result, it’s almost impossible not to pack a review with interrogatives: who are Lucy’s ominous new allies? Why are the walking dead adapting to their new circumstances so much better than the living? And why does no one seem able to leave? Next week’s conclusion seems unlikely to clear everything up, so it’s going to be a long 18 months until this magisterial show, er, returns.
Palm Court at the Langham Hotel
Apparently, it was at this swanky Langham hotel dining room that afternoon tea was first served, more than 140 years ago. We've no reason to doubt them. It still proves a popular draw but it runs alongside a French-influenced menu conceived by head chef Chris King, in partnership with Michel Roux Jr and Albert Roux. That means dishes such as salt-cod brandade tartelette served with a poached hen egg and a piquillo pepper dressing, saffron tagliatelle with artichokes, pine nuts and pied bleu mushroom, sea bream with sauce vierge and anya potatoes and grilled native lobster served with a Pernod butter. Desserts include crême brûlée with strawberries marinated in elderflower, praline profiteroles with chocolate sauce and caramelised hazelnut and tiramisu with espresso jelly and white coffee ice cream. A strong cheese selection also features.