PORTILLO SO DRAB BUT LUM­LEY STILL FAB

The People - - LIFESTYLE -

That one word­less scene last night gave us ev­ery­thing. It was ruth­less, chill­ing, funny, tense and oddly beau­ti­ful. Jodie, recog­nis­able as the mis­tress in Doc­tor Fos­ter, plays ex­tra­or­di­nary as­sas­sin Vil­lanelle. She’d just car­ried out her lat­est “kill” but was tak­ing the time to, rather se­duc­tively, en­joy a scoop of ice cream be­fore leav­ing Vi­enna. And why the hell not? Mean­while in Lon­don, Grey’s Anatomy star San­dra Oh, as MI5 se­cu­rity of­fi­cer Eve, woke up scream­ing, send­ing her hus­band into a panic. “I fell asleep on both my arms,” she an­nounced. Funny from the off, this is a rare beast. A drama that can pull off both comedy and thriller. It has all the in­ter­na­tional glam­our of a Bond movie, while also mak­ing us laugh with hy­per-nor­mal scenes, I USU­ALLY find celebrity travel hosts in­suf­fer­able. Whether it’s Caro­line Quentin on a a camel or Michael Portillo on a train, we can’t learn about a place with­out a fa­mous face cash­ing in on their all­ex­penses-paid trip. Joanna Lum­ley, right, is my ONLY ex­cep­tion. Her Silk Road Ad­ven­ture on ITV on Wed­nes­day is her “most ex­otic jour­ney yet”. She be­gan the an­cient an­cient 7,000-mile 7,00 route from Venice to China. In Venice, Al­ba­nia and Turkey, she fell fell in love with ev­ery place she vis­ited. And we were treated to the odd Pat­sy­ism. Not wish­ing to gush too much, but with that sooth­ing voice and wicked wit, Joanna ann could be my tour guide any any day. day. I might down­load her voice to my sat­nav right now. Just fab­u­lous.

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