Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 613

18 AUGUST 202 2 36 WEEKENDING Events Photography: BBC / The Forge / Rory Mulvey, Chin Chin Icecream, WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images, Chris Blacklay, © Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved THINGS TODO THIS WEEK WATCH IT NOW Paul Kirkley A round-up of the week’s TV Find the best places for an ice cream cornet, discover podcast Dish, and see Banksy’s early street art in Fran Quinn’s weekly round-up INSPIRING ADVICE FOR LIVING LIFE In the years she spent living with incurable bowel cancer, the late journalist and campaigner Dame Deborah James inspired the nation with her drive to enjoy life andmake a di erence while she could. Her book, How to LiveWhen You Could be Dead (Ebury Publishing) is a self-helpmanual for surviving di cult times, and getting the best out of every day. Each copy sold in the UK raises £3 for the Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK. bowelbabe.org ENJOY ICE CREAM HEAVEN From the traditional to the out there, grab a cornet at these great places. Marrocco’s, Hove: There are plenty of trendy ice cream joints in Brighton, but locals join the queue at Marrocco’s in nearby Hove for traditional Italian ice creammade by a family who’ve been doing it for more than 50 years. The beach is just steps away. marroccos.co.uk Chin Chin, London: Based in Soho and Camden, the ice creamworld’s WillyWonkas churn theirs by hand with liquid nitrogen, so it’s velvety smooth. Weekly changing flavours include pistachio and cardamom, strawberry shiso and burnt butter caramel. chinchinicecream.com Red Boat: There are four of these ice creamparlours in Anglesey and PARTY TIME The colourful Notting Hill Carnival returns to the streets of West London TASTE OF SUMMER A brownie cookie ice cream sandwich from Chin Chin (main) MARRIAGE BBC ONE/IPLAYER If I have onemajor complaint about television, after eight years of writing this column, it’s that way toomuch happens – writers, it seems, just can’t help cramming in plot like an overstu ed cushion. Not Stefan Golaszewski. His sitcom Mum was an exquisite portrait of unspoken desires and disappointments, and he’s now brought the same low-key approach to Marriage, a new slice-of-life drama he’s also directed. Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (NicolaWalker) have beenmarried for 27 years. And while neither seems exactly happy – one shared tragedy, in particular, continues to cast a long shadow – you get the sense they’d be a lot unhappier without each other to lean on. It’s a relationship in whichmoments of laughter and tenderness are punctuated by nigglingmicro-aggressions, and where what isn’t said is oftenmore important than what is. So instead of talking in plot exposition, as most TV characters do, Ian and Emma grumble about having to pay extra for a ketchup sachet (“cheaper to buy a bottle”), and when they do finally start a proper conversation (about their daughter’s unsuitable boyfriend), it’s cut short by Ian needing a wee. Sometimes, they say nothing at all. Pinteresque pregnant pauses abound, while a dialogue-free scene of them stacking the dishwasher is amasterclass of choreography. It’s a lot for the actors to carry. But Bean is terrific at selling the suppressed rage of aman, recentlymade redundant, who just feels like he’s in everyone’s way, whileWalker, as I’ve saidmany times, is simply the best in the business, capable of conveying a vast hinterland of sadness with a single look. Plus there’s the great James Bolam, loading on the guilt as Emma’s emotionallymanipulative dad. In all honesty, I found Marriage quite a di cult watch, and would have preferred its midlife home truths seasoned withmore laughs (like David Nicholls’ excellent Us). But it is extraordinarily real, in a way that highlights just how artificial most TV dramas – even the good ones – really are. OUR LIVES: WHO NEEDS BANKSY? BBC ONE/IPLAYER TheWelsh town of Port Talbot made global headlines in 2018 when a Banksymural appeared overnight on a steelworker’s garage. The work was later sold to (who else?) an English art dealer – but not before galvanising a group of local artists into amission to “transformour town with street art”. The result, as this gemof a film showed, was an inspirational testament to the power of community action and the human spirit. BETTER CALL SAUL NETFLIX Confession: I bailed on Breaking Bad midway through the second series, and have never understood why it’s held up alongside what I see as vastly superior fare such as TheWire and Succession as one of TV’s modern greats. For that reason, I never bothered getting on board with its prequel, either. So that’s me uninvited from the TV critics’ annual bu et ’n’ mingle, I guess. Anyway, after six seasons, Better Call Saul has now also finished, so hopefully that will be an end to thematter (until the next spin-o , anyway). family values Sean Bean and Nicola Walker in Marriage