John Middleton (John Simm) has hit rock bottom. He’s glugging beer from a bucket, hitting his wife (Maxine Peake) and inadvertently terrifying other young women. And it’s the latter that exposes the deep-seated reason behind his reprehensible behaviour as Caro (the young woman in question), in a rare moment of clarity, reveals that she’s pregnant – a confession which stirs up all sorts of uncomfortable memories for John and his fellow villagers. Young Bert, meanwhile, concocts a lucrative way to exact revenge on the cowardly teacher who continues to bully him.
The deep undertow of sadness persists into tonight’s second episode (although the denouement offers a glimmer of optimism); so too does Peter Moffat’s admirable refusal to foreshadow à la ‘Downton’: there’s a massacre going on in Western Europe, but it feels a long way away from the parochial concerns of this insular community.
Belushi's Bar London Bridge
There's a proper party vibe to this London Bridge branch of Belushi's - there's a huge basement club open until 4am at the weekends, alongside drink offers, special promotions, comedy nights, sport events and live entertainment. The drinks list proves a draw for a crowd comprising local workers, students and backpackers. Cocktails range from classic drops such as mojitos, cuba libres and tequila sunrises to sharing options and shooters that include Jägermeisters and a peanut butter jelly shot - a mix of Amarula, crème de mure and Frangelico. Continental lagers and a few well-known wines are also on offer. The food menu boasts plenty of crowd-pleasers influenced by the USA. Burger orders keep the kitchen busy alongside hot dogs, nachos, quesadillas, BBQ racks of ribs, wings, tacos and traditional fish and chips. Breakfast options are on offer, too.
Venue says: “Check out our new-look menu with killer burgers, platters and much more!”