I know we seem to be shocked by the arrival of every new month, but doesn’t it seem odd that it’s June already? We feel that it should be summer, and we should be on fabulous holidays at the beach. Since we are not (and since it is clearly not summer yet), we’ll watch some TV this week instead.
On TV, Londonist likes:
Wednesday, 4 June
My New Best Friend (BBC4, 21:00-22:00) We find documentaries about being teenagers slightly cringe-y, as we can all too easily remember how horrible we were at that age, and how awkward being a teenager is. This documentary follows four kids as they get ready to enter secondary school in North London, and we’re cringing already at the anticipation of what they’re about to go through.
Thursday, 5 June
Big Brother Launch Show (Channel 4, 21:00-20:40) Oh, dear Lord. It’s back. It’s BB9, and we know you’re all aflutter with excitement to learn about the crop of freaks, weirdos and wannabe TV presenters about to be locked into the house. Every year, we say we’re not going to watch Big Brother, but always get sucked in at some point along the way. Maybe this is the year we should just give in and watch right from the start?
The Big Brother Launch Night Project (Channel 4, 20:40-23:45) If you haven’t had your Big Brother fill for the night, Alan Carr and Justin Lee Collins are sure to whip you up into a frenzy of excitement. They’re joined by housemates from previous years to celebrate the start of BB9.
Friday, 6 June
Peep Show (Channel 4, 22:35-21:10) It’s the last episode of the series, and could Jeremy and Mark’s friendship be at an end? We’re sure this won’t happen, but don’t you want to tune in to find out? Sure to be as painfully funny as the rest of the series.
Saturday, 7 June
The Minotaur (BBC2, 19:35-21:00 and 21:40-22:35) From the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, this is the world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle’s new opera. As we’re sure you’ll remember from your Greek mythology, the Minotaur is the famous part man/part beast who is imprisoned within a labyrinth in order to slay sacrificial virgins. Theseus is determined to face him. Who will win? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out, won’t you?
Sunday, 8 June
The Making Of The Iron Lady (21:00-22:00) She spent a decade at Number 10, and you probably already know lots about her, but if you were thinking “just how did Margaret Thatcher come to power”, this is just the documentary for you. Especially relevant in the current Labour backlash political climate, this is an intriguing look at her rise to the top, featuring unseen archive footage and interviews.
The 50 Greatest TV Endings (Sky One, 21:00-23:00) If political documentaries aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ll be interested in this countdown of the best endings to some of our favourite shows, hosted by the somewhat odd choice of Cilla Black. This Londonista is a sucker for a sappy TV finale, and has cried at quite a few more than she’d like to admit. We can’t make any promises for tears in this show, but if they show the final moments from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, you’d have to be made of stone not to get a bit emotional. We’re just saying.