Trevor Peacock stars as ancient, earthy, inspired chef Warwick Hedges, in Series 1 of the comedy drama set in an idiosyncratic restaurant in the Cambridgeshire Fens. In these four episodes, a mysterious young man brings his mother for a special meal; Warwick drives his son mad with his constant interference in the kitchen; the dark tale of the twisted eel seems about to repeat itself; and Jack asks his nephew to take care of things so he can get away for a few weeks.
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"Captures the true strangeness of the Fens"
Well written, more blackish comedy/drama than plain comedy but all the better for it. Sparingly written at the right times (the Fens are a spare land) but comedic when it needs to lighten the mood and well-observed when not.
Samuel says very little and often imparts meaning by what he doesn't say. A genuine Fen sound to his accent rather than the ridiculous local-yokel faux Dorset that most TV and Radio think of as Fen (presumably because they rarely leave the confines of Broadcasting House or Notting Hill).
The denouement of the final episode when David realises his carefully laid plans have come to naught.
I live in the Cambridgeshire Fens and although Mardle Fen is fictional it's probably not far from Sutton Gault by my reckoning. Reminds me of where I'm from when I'm on the long commute into the TOWIE land that is Essex.
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