Anyone fancy a deep psychological analysis of Sicilian male archetypes served alongside their bloated, subtitled cop show? In the third feature-length episode of this sun-dappled prequel series circling the actions of debonair and mildly cantankerous Montalbano (Michele Riondino), we see him thrown together with a new partner and lover, all while he attempts to retain his focus on the strange case of a missing girl who then miraculously reappears unharmed.
More interesting than the specifics of the investigation is Montalbano's relationship with partner Mimi Augello (Alessio Vassallo), a whisker-stroking cad who is introduced sitting in a coffee shop and gurning at dolly birds as they walk by. Of course, our hero would never be so vulgar, so viewer guesswork over who gets to stroll off in the arm of sultry blond beauty, Livia, is never really strained – hard-nosed conservative beats pencil-moustached liberal every time.
For whodunit superfans, do note that this is not a serial that apportions out handy twists a neat intervals, as it instead focuses on verbose, character-driven drama that plays off ideas more than crude plotting. Yet, as laudable as that sounds, it actually ends up feeling rather staid and repetitive.
You can tell a fair bit about a salon from the calibre of towel on offer. At this swish Marylebone hairdressers, founded by Fred Gielly and Shai Greenberg, they’re as thick as duvets and the colour of caramel highlights. That level of service runs through the whole establishment, which is darkly glossy and reassuringly expensive. Cuts cost up to £165 (although you can get a junior stylist for £70), but if you have the money to spend, it’s a great place to spend it. As well as the usual roster of cuts and colour, there is a spa-style beauty department, where you can go for a 120-minute facial, have your eyebrows threaded or treat your cuticles with a hot oil special.
Venue says: “Home of London’s finest hair artists, an eclectic weave of exceptional stylists and colourists in an indulgent haven in Marylebone.”