This retelling of an infamous White House scandal shows the cost of desire, power and secrecy
When it comes to victim blaming, Monica Lewinsky, the 22-year-old White House intern vilified for her extramarital affair with President Bill Clinton over two decades ago, knows a thing or two. But, amongst the onslaught of slut-shaming that followed, her side of the story has been kept mostly under wraps – until now. Impeachment: American Crime Story is the latest 10-part installment in Ryan Murphy’s slick anthology series, which has Lewinsky on board as a producer. Starting tonight on BBC Two, it follows Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein) from the start of the tryst through to its eventual expose thanks to the betrayal of her supposed work confidant Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson) – as well as addressing other affairs President Clinton conducted with women like Arkansas civil servant Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford), all of which became a crucial part of his eventual impeachment in 1998.
“What this show does brilliantly above anything else is demonstrate how power bleeds through everyone involved in the scandal,” says Stylist Loves writer, Kiran Meeda. “Power is alluring, entrancing and aspirational, which when coupled with moving performances, creates a case for understanding the characters’ actions, even when they’re completely immoral. Tripp’s desire to feel seen is irritatingly relatable (making her the character you’ll love to hate), and unlike the demeaning picture painted of a voiceless Lewinsky at the time of the scandal, what you see most of here is her humanity.” Starts tonight, 9:15pm, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
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Be wowed by inventive regional dishes and colourful decor at this new Indian restaurant
From homely local curry houses to upscale West End establishments, there’s no shortage of excellent Indian cuisine in London. But if you’re looking for a remix on traditional flavours, join the queue at Colonel Saab, a new all-day modern Indian restaurant which has just opened at the historic Holborn Town Hall. The first UK venture from hotelier Roop Partap Choudhary, you’ll find an inventive menu that delves into regional accents and personal memories of travels across India, introducing your palate to a world of new tastes.
“Wits its ceiling strung with pink chandeliers and colourful antiques dotted around the dining hall, it’s impossible not to be wowed by the glamour of Colonel Saab before you even open the menu,” says Stylist contributor Christobel Hastings. “We started off with the vibrant purani dilli samosa topped with masala chickpeas, spice-encrusted Jaipur baby aloo and an elaborate riff on chicken tikka with zesty salad and a moreish herb dip, before feasting on a flavour-packed South Indian soya pulao and Memsaab’s creamy chicken curry, a family recipe which pays homage to Choudhary’s mother’s home cooking. The absolute standouts, though, were a heavenly confit of cauliflower slow-cooked in an unctuous saffron sauce, and a simple bowl of golden cumin potatoes – the true culinary equivalent of a warm hug. I didn’t think I’d have room for dessert – but when slices of mishti doi cheesecake with jaggery syrup and rasmalai milk cake laced with cardamom cream arrived, it’ll come as a surprise to no one that I scooped up every last exquisite mouthful.” 193-197 High Holborn, London, WC1V
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