The Res­tau­rant In­spec­tor

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Tues­day, 9.30pm, Life­Style In this en­dear­ing re­al­ity se­ries, dap­per and qui­etly spo­ken Fer­nando Peire, di­rec­tor of Lon­don’s glam Ivy res­tau­rant, goes un­der­cover at strug­gling British eater­ies to sam­ple the venue, food and ser­vice be­fore re­veal­ing his iden­tity and of­fer­ing ad­vice. Each es­tab­lish­ment has asked for his help, but of course they don’t al­ways find his dras­tic changes palat­able. Peire is cir­cum­spect in his lan­guage but firm in his ad­mo­ni­tions. Tonight he ad­vises 19-year-old Ol­lie, who stepped up from be­ing the man­ager to tak­ing over the lease of a well-es­tab­lished road­side res­tau­rant in Som­er­set. He has plans to open sev­eral more, with the am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a mil­lion­aire by the time he reaches 25. But all is not quite go­ing to plan. one and two go­ing to air con­sec­u­tively. It was cre­ated by Ar­mando Ian­nucci as a kind of Amer­i­can spin-off from his won­der­ful British se­ries The Thick of It. With Veep, Ian­nucci and his team of British writ­ers mo­sey into the of­fices and com­mit­tee rooms of Wash­ing­ton, DC, fol­low­ing the whirl­wind day-to-day mishaps and mi­nor vic­to­ries of the new vi­cepres­i­dent, for­mer se­na­tor Selina Meyer (Louis-Drey­fus). Her’s is a life built on the para­dox of the po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion she oc­cu­pies and the sup­posed power it car­ries: it’s all there, yet it’s not. She is so close and so far, so pow­er­ful yet so re­strained and in­hib­ited. Ian­nucci says the com­edy comes from the tan­ta­lis­ing frus­tra­tion and sheer un­pre­dictabil­ity. ‘‘ What have I been miss­ing here?’’ she asks, vis­it­ing an old Se­nate col­league (the very sharp, acer­bic Kate Bur­ton). ‘‘ Power,’’ comes the re­ply. Pol­icy is hardly ever on the agenda, though Meyer is work­ing on a green jobs ini­tia­tive that will push to re­place ‘‘ dirty’’ plas­tics with clean, corn starch-based re­place­ments. Sure.

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