Here’s another one, which begins in the sort of exquisite hell that only light entertainment can provide: Miranda Hart simpering at Brucie while he recycles music-hall gags and ‘house band’ McFly – apparently dressed as The Shadows – play ‘It’s All About Bruce’. If you can survive that, then you’ll find a few infuriatingly brief moments of real insight during the next hour. On those rare occasions when Hart and Forsyth ditch the mugging and talk seriously about the early days of showbiz, career missteps or critical brickbats, the results are fascinating.
But it’s not long before another creaky bit of nonsense about ‘Play Your Cards Right’, ‘impromptu’ piano recital or burst of hysterical audience applause sends the whole thing downhill again. Yes, he did well. But now even ‘Strictly’ obsessives might agree that he’d do even better to retire.
This swanky bar and restaurant is the most recent culinary addition to the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences - a five-star hotel attached to Quilon and Bombay Brasserie. Kona's a good-looking venue, offering a modern-European alternative to the sub-continental flavours at those well-known venues next door. Starters here include lobster bisque with Dorset crab, radish and crème fraîche, beetroot salad with quinoa, black olives and a lemon dressing, and goat's curd with charred vegetables, bosc pear and lavender. Mains feature seabass with chorizo orzo, calamari and white tomato, and Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with smoked paprika, spelt and a rosemary crumb. A tasting menu is also on offer, as well as a fancy '24-karat gold' afternoon tea in which leaves and flakes gold abound.