The Young Morse? Well, ‘Endeavour’ was pretty good. The Young Lund? Crying out to be made. But ‘The Young Montalbano’? Neither especially troubled nor notably enigmatic, the Sicilian detective has never been one of television’s more intriguing characters, with the appeal of his show limited to the spectacular scenery and guessing which actor would chew through it the most during the course of that week’s investigation.
As origin stories go, this isn’t exactly ‘Batman Begins’, although we learn that he did once have a full head of hair. In tonight’s opener, Montalbano (Michele Riondino) gets posted to a remote mountain village in the early ’90s. He solves a crime. He gets promoted and moves to a seaside town. He solves another crime which may or may not be connected to the previous one. He uncovers institutional corruption. He tolerates the pratfalls of comical colleagues. He enjoys a contented domestic life. Dull, dull, dull – for two hours.
Tea & Crafting
Like tea? Like craft? You'll definitely like this creative joint in Camden. Since it was set up in 2009 Tea & Craft has been teaching Londoners to knit, sew, crochet, embroider and much more. The classes are offered as one-off, drop-in sessions for beginners, as well as courses for those who want to learn a lot more. All materials are included, so all you have to do is pay and turn up. So successful are these tea-fuelled workshops, that Tea & Craft now run private sessions, too, for hen parties, baby showers and corporate events, as well as afternoon tea birthday parties.