Ah, glorious summer! The sun is shining and we plan on spending as much time as humanly possible outside. If you’ve got your heart set on staying in, though, here are a few things you may want to take a peek at.
On TV, Londonist likes:
Tuesday, 15 July
Send In The Dogs (ITV1, 20:00-21:00) We’ve always thought working with the dogs looked like the most fun job at the Met. Watching this show should give us a good idea of whether it’s actually as fun as it looks. This series follows the 300 dogs and their handlers working for the Metropolitan Police dog unit. From sniffing out drugs in Camden to tracking armed robbers, these dogs see it all. And aren’t they cute!
Olympic Dreams: The Class of 2012 (BBC1, 22:35-23:25) It’s only four years away now, so we shouldn’t be surprised that the wave of programmes about 2012 have jumped up a notch. This series looks at the British athletes that have their sights set on competing in London in four years time. This is an observational documentary, so you’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with the people behind the dreams. We like the idea of an advance peek of the stars of 2012, so will definitely be tuning in for this.
Wednesday, 16 July
iTunes Festival (ITV1, 23:40-24:10) The odd presenting combo of Dave Berry and Peaches Geldof present the best of the month long festival. We’ve been giving you our thoughts, but here’s the chance to see the best gigs for yourselves.
Thursday, 17 July
Harley Street (ITV1, 21:00-22:00) This new drama looks at the lives and loves of a post London private practice. Do we really need another medical drama? Well, this one should be full of the posh and the pretty, which should make a change from the standard Holby City-esque fare. Fast, glossy and shallow. Perfect Thursday viewing, if you ask us.
Friday, 18 July
BBC Proms 2008: First Night of The Proms (BBC2, 20:00-22:30) It’s Proms time! It really must be summer now. There are a few changes this year – all the events will be available via the BBC iPlayer, there’s the first ever free Prom and a Doctor Who Prom. Sounds delightfully geeky. Charles Hazelwood and Suzy Klein present and will have chats with artists and performers. Tonight we’ll see Finnish soprano Karita Mattila perform Strauss’s Four Last Songs and French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, playing Beethoven’s Rondo in B flat major.
By Royal Appointment (ITV1, 20:00-20:30) Hannah Scott-Joynt checks out the most royal of all London boroughs, Kensington and Chelsea. She also learns more about the area known as Albertopolis. We’ve learned something already, as we didn’t even know there was an area known as Albertopolis. If there’s one thing we love, it’s learning new things about London, so we’ll be tuning in.
Sunday, 20 July
Jamelia: Whose Hair Is It Anyway? (BBC3, 21:00-22:00) Although this programme sounds like it’s investigating Jamelia’s hair, she’s actually following the trail of hair extensions from London salons to Moscow rooms where human hair is sold to the hair sacrificing temples in Southern India. We’ve never really put that much thought into hair extensions before, so hope to learn lots of fascinating facts which we’ll be able to put to use in pub quizzes.