Una Stubbs is a cheerful presence throughout this opening episode of the tenth series of the genealogy show, although you can rely on her to shed a tear, too. The ‘Sherlock’ actress is perfect for the job: curious, empathetic and with a flair for drama, gasping as she’s told the details of her ancestors’ lives.
This begins with a great mystery: Una was never introduced to her father’s parents, and didn’t even know their names. Her search takes her into the life of her grandmother Annie, by all accounts a spirited woman and one with whom Stubbs immediately identifies. The other side of the family reveals an interesting famous connection, but it’s Annie’s story that brings the most poignant moments, including visits to former workhouses and a confectionary headquarters with a co-incidental link to the young Stubbs’s career. Future instalments will summon celebrities including of Gary Lineker, Minnie Driver and Sarah Millican to burrow around in the past.
This Rathbone Place restaurant from Virgilio Martinez and Robert Ortiz was part of the ‘Peruvian wave’ of restaurants to hit the capital in 2012. It proved a success, gaining a Michelin star in 2013 and spawning a sister site (Lima Floral) in Fitzrovia. Plus there's an offshoot in Dubai now, too. The small-plates menu showcases classic and modern Peruvian cuisine. Dishes range from wild sea bass tiraditos, king crab causa and black bream ceviche with avocado, sweet potato and aji limo to braised octopus, hot scallop ceviche and suckling pig with chicharron, sesame seeds, celeriac and elderberry. Weekend brunches and set menus are also available.
Venue says: “Weekend brunch six-course set menu £34 and bottomless £49 (two-hour table time). Not to be missed!”