If all your mates are off on holiday and work is unbearably dull and hot then here's some home entertainment to get you through the mid-August slump.
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Monday, 13 August
Panorama (BBC1, 20:30) If you're avoiding Dawkins on Channel 4 (and we've no idea why you would but it's not about London so we're not going to make a fuss about it but it's on at 20.00 and we could do with some rational thought to punctuate silly season) then you could choose some tough viewing for summer nights. Panorama profiles two 15 year old, London boys on the fringes of gang culture.
The Tower (BBC1, 22:35-11:25) The final nail in the coffin for old Deptford: the most expensive penthouse has been bought – by a 27 year old millionaire. Harry the gangster is not best pleased.
Thursday, 16 August
Amy Winehouse: Summer Series (ITV1, 23:00-20:35) Highlights from the Somerset House gigs, introduced by the awful Kelly Osbourne and starting with the most famous foul-mouthed child of Southgate.
Friday, 17 August
London Ambulance (ITV1, 20:00-20:30) Severe burns, a car accident and amateur weightlifting gone horribly wrong. Follow your local paramedics on the daily bump and grind.
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Tuesday, 14 August
Prom 41 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC Radio3, 19:30-21:25) In the second half of this prom the Marcus Roberts Trio will put a jazz improv spin on the instantly recognisable Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. The first half is a riot of Russian folk ballet music, Stravinsky's "Petrushka".
Wednesday, 15 August
National Treasures (BBC Radio4, 09:00-09:30 or listen again in the evening) Following the devastating fire back in May it will be interesting to hear this debate weighing up the relative merits of spending cash on the restoration of the Cutty Sark versus finding a permanent home for the British Film Institute Archive.
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