With any luck, we’ll be back to nice summery weather soon, but until then, we feel that the best idea is to hide inside and just pretend it’s summer. Luckily for you, there are quite a few things to keep you entertained.
On TV, Londonist likes:
Monday 19 May – Saturday 24 May
RHS Chelsea Flower Show (BBC1, 20:00-21:00 [Mon-Fri] & 18:00-19:00 [Sat]) Even if you’re a confirmed plant killer, you’ll be inspired to grow a fantastic garden after a week of watching Alan Titchmarsh and Joe Swift chat to the contestants at this year’s show and show some of the amazing exhibits. We always find shows like this to be inspiring in the same way as cookery programmes – we know we’ll never be Nigella in the kitchen or Alan in the garden, but it’s nice to pretend that we could if we only had the time.
Monday 19 May
Glamour Girls (BBC3, 20:30-21:00) This look behind the scenes of the world of glamour modeling is oddly compelling. This programme shows us everything we’d ever wanted to know about the strange world of the glamour model, and we’re finding all the characters fascinating. In this episode, Jenna heads back to Devon and finds that only a few months in the London “glamour scene” has changed her life quite a bit.
100 Years Of Wildlife Films (BBC4, 21:00-23:00) If you need to relax after a big weekend, this is absolutely ideal viewing. We always find wildlife shows strangely relaxing, and this programme featuring the most memorable and most unusual films of the past century, as well as the changing attitudes to wildlife photography, should be both fascinating and entertaining.
Wednesday 21 May
Property Ladder (Channel 4, 20:00-21:00) Sarah Beeny’s back in London as she takes on two brand new property developers in Acton and Hendon. We do love Property Ladder, and always find it fascinating that the developers never realise that Beeny is always right – have they not ever watched the programme before? This week’s challenge of turning a 3 bedroom house into a 10 bedroom should give plenty of delightful opportunities to laugh at the developers ignoring her advice.
Secrets of the Austrian Cellar (Channel 4, 21:00-22:00) It’s only been three weeks since the story of Austrian Josef Fritzl and his imprisoned daughter broke in the news, and Channel 4 already has a documentary. The programme looks at the story so far and asks how Fritzl managed to avoid getting caught for so long. Don’t look for any answers though, as the story is far from over, but that doesn’t mean the documentary still won’t be fascinating.
Friday 23 May
American Idol Final 2008 (ITV2, 21:00-23:00) We’re not fans of the whole American Idol phenomenon, but know that there are loads of you fans out there. You won’t want to miss the finale, as Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and the other judge whose name we can never remember give their pronouncements on the two finalists and Americans choose their next vapid pop star. Of course we Brits can’t vote, but you can still enjoy the celebrations.