There are a million things to do in London this week, but if you fancy a night in, here are a few things to keep you occupied.
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Monday, 9 July
Britain’s Next Top Model (Living, 21:00-22:00) After the dramatic first episode that saw all the girls get in a screaming match on their first night in their posh London house, we can't wait to see what the wannabe models will come up with this week. Whatever it is, it's sure to be entertaining.
The Tower (BBC1, 22:45-23:35) If you're not watching this fantastic documentary on the development of South London's Pepys Estate, you're really missing out. Luckily, you can tune in to part three tonight. A look at the real contrasts in London, in tonight's episode the local pub struggles to stay open while everything's going brilliantly for the developers.
Friday, 13 July
First Night of the Proms (BBC2, 20:00-22:30) From Royal Albert Hall, it's time for eight weeks of the Proms. Tonight's opening night features Walton's Portsmouth Point overture which had its premiere at the BBC's first Proms season in 1927, Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor to celebrate the composer's 150th anniversary and Beethoven's Ninth 'Coral' Symphony which makes its first appearance at First Night after missing last year due to a fire at Royal Albert Hall.
Sunday, 15 July
How We Built Britain (BBC1, 21:00-22:00) The conclusion of David Dimbley's look at British architecture looks at 20th century developments that changed southern England, from 'Tudorbethan' houses to the glass and steel of the City. We always like a look at architecture, and we're sure to learn something which is always nice.
Britain In Pictures (BBC4, 22:00-22:30) Tom Ang is in London and the South East as he challenges Britain's top photographers to photograph a part of the country they know well and use digital photography to shoot three significant building. There's certainly no shortage of significant buildings in London, so it will be interesting to see what they come up with
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Tuesday, 10 July
Flared Brightly, Died Young - The AIDS Generation (BBC Radio2, 22:30-23:30) With London Pride just behind us, this is part one of a documentary about the first wave of mass "coming out" and the early victims of AIDS, including Terence Higgins who died in St Thomas’s Hospital, London in 1982. Concludes next week.
Wednesday, 11 July
Great Political Myths (BBC Radio4, 20:45-21:00) Simon Hoggart looks at political mythology and the role of Spitting Image in creating it. But will he dare to ask the question on all our minds - did John Major really did tuck his shirt into his underpants?
Online, Londonist likes:
London's Wikipedia Entry - If you're looking for lots and lots of information about this lovely city of ours, London's Wikipedia entry is chock full of facts and figures to help you. We've just learned that London has twin city agreements with Berlin, Bogota, New York City, Paris, Moscow, Rome and Beijing. Who knew?
London Aquarium's Pacific Tank Webcam - Who doesn't love sharks? Well, here's your chance to watch them all the time! This webcam of the shark tank at the London aquarium lets you get up close and personal with sharks all day long. We didn't happen to catch any while we were watching, but maybe the sharks were asleep. We hope you'll have better luck.