The Restaurant Inspector
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.