Now it’s properly August there’s not much coming up on the tellybox. However, if you really can’t be arsed to get out there and catch some cheap London, Camden Fringe or Shoreditch Festival then you could keep your London head in check by paying attention to the following:
On TV, Londonist likes:
Monday, 6 August
Super Vets (BBC1, 19:30-20:00) Terrible title but a nice opportunity to catch a behind the scenes look at London Zoo as Lumpur the tiger gets some dental work done.
The Tower (BBC1, 22:35-11:25) The renovation of The Tower is complete and the first newcomers move in. Retired gangster, Harry, isn’t happy. Is Old Deptford disappearing for good? And why is this a bad thing?
Friday, 10 August
London Ambulance (ITV1, 20:00-20:30) This week our Ambulance heroes deal with a gruesome five-a-side football injury and face a violent assault in the West End. These people really don’t get paid enough.
On the radio, Londonist likes:
Monday, 6 August – Friday, 10 August
Book of the Week (BBC Radio4 at 00.30–00.45) Drop off to snippets of “The Death of Sigmund Freud” by Mark Edmundson this week telling what happened to the father of psychoanalysis during his final years as an émigré in London.
Tuesday, 7 August
The Elvis Costello Story (BBC 6music at 21:30-22:00) Phil Jupitus tells the story of the early days of London-born Costello’s journey from pub rock to punk in the 1970s when he looked like a sinister Buddy Holly.
BBC Proms continues all week on Radio3. We’re especially looking forward to…
Friday, 10 August
Nitin Sawhney and Friends (BBC Radio3 at 21:00-c.23.15)
Featuring The London Under Sound Symphony Orchestra – specially put together collective of both Eastern and Western classical musicians masterminded by Sawhney. If you’re lucky enough to be going to this Prom you’ll also get to see choreographed moments from Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui who collaborated with Sawhney and Antony Gormley on Zero Degrees – a fantastic piece of contemporary dance, sound and storytelling that will soon be returning to Sadlers Wells. We don’t imagine this will come across well on the radio, though.
Online, Londonist likes:
Edinburgh. Well, it’s all going on up there. For those of us who prefer to make the most of a London lacking the majority of its comedians, thespians, mime artists, writers, musicians and associated hangers on etc. here are some links to keep you in touch with all the festivals’ mayhem through a number of dedicated websites and blogs.