It’s cold outside this week, so it seems like the best plan is to cozy up on the couch and watch some telly. Why would you want to risk frostbite?
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Monday, 12 November
I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here (ITV1, 21:00-22:30) It’s off to the jungle yet again with Ant & Dec as they guide a new group of “celebs” through as many disgusting tasks as you’d hope to see. This year’s group of jungle hopefuls includes Cerys Matthews, Marc Bannerman, Jason "J" Brown, Gemma Atkinson, John Burton Race, Janice Dickinson, Lynne Franks, Rodney Marsh and Anna Ryder Richardson. This Londonista has only heard of two of these people, so it’s clear they’re playing a bit fast and loose with the term “celebrity”. If we’re lucky, two of them will spark up a jungle romance and give us a new Jordan and Peter. Well, maybe “lucky” isn’t the best word. The show continues all week.
Tuesday, 13 November & Wedneday, 14 November
The Eight Hundred Million Pound Railway Station (BBC2, 22:00-22:30) We’re sure you’re anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the new St Pancras station, which opens to the public on 14 November, so here’s a sneak peak at the madness behind the new station. This programme looks at the race to get the station opened in time for the launch.
Friday, 16 November
The Queen: 60 Years of Marriage (ITV2, 20:30-21:00) It seems like this programme really should have been called “The Queen & Prince Philip: 60 Years of Marriage”, but we’re sure he’s used to taking a backseat to his royal wife by now. 60 years after they were married at Westminster Abbey, this programme looks back at their relationship, and features interviews with her bridesmaids, dressmaker and son the Duke of York. Nothing like some royal wedding gossip for a Friday night.
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Friday, 16 November
Jazz on 3: London Jazz Festival Live (BBC Radio 3, 22:30-01:00) Live from the Pizza Express jazz club, this first night of the 2007 London Jazz Festival features performances from some of the biggest names of this year’s festival. If a jazz fan and can’t be bothered to head into town to see it live, this is clearly the next best thing.
Saturday, 17 November
Days In The Life: Pink Floyd at 40 (BBC Radio 2, 20:00-21:00) The story of one of Britain’s most successful bands is told by the band members themselves. David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Rick Wright give us the inside scoop in new interviews that shed light on the music and, what every fan really wants to hear about, internal band struggles.
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Shrub & The Spesh's World Tour of London - We fully admire people who set themselves with an ambitious, if slightly silly, mission and blog about their attempts to finish it. We especially like it when those missions are London based. And it certainly helps when the blogging of said mission is highly entertaining. These two bloggers are attempting to drink at a pub and eat at a curry house in every London borough. It doesn’t sound too hard, but there are thirty two of them, so it could take a while. It’s not updated all that frequently, but it’s worth checking back to see how they’re getting along. We especially liked their description of Hammersmith & Fulham’s The Spice of India:
This is Shrub and The Spesh's best guess at the name of this restaurant. Their broken and aged minds can no longer be expected to remember this kind of detail. Shrub is barely able to recall what he ordered, although The Spesh can declare that his chicken saag was delicious.