GET READY FOR THIS CLASSIC REBOOT: Talking Heads
Alan Bennett’s iconic 1980s monologue Talking Heads is being revived for a third time as part of a 12-part series, starring Martin Freeman (The Office, The Hobbit), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Tamsin Greig (Green Wing), among a host of other household names. Bennett has also penned two new monologues for the occasion, The Shrine and An Ordinary Woman. All 12 dramatic one-man pieces will be available to stream at once on BBC iPlayer as part of a box set, while those that can resist temptation will be able to view the programme in instalments on BBC One over the course of a fortnight. With production significantly affected by the global coronavirus crisis, all monologues were filmed with a skeleton crew who were forced to follow strict social distancing guidelines, making this a truly modern interpretation of a classic.
Available on BBC One from 9pm, Tuesday 23rd June
ENJOY AN INDULGENT WEEKEND TREAT HERE: Bread Ahead
Bread Ahead fans will be excited to hear that the bakery is reopening it doors on Beak Street in Soho. Now open daily, the shop is serving up a full range of doughnuts, coffee and a new hot chocolate, all for takeaway only. Each of the renowned doughnut flavours will be available, with flavours including eton mess, pistachio, praline and caramel and sea salt and honeycomb. Aiming to bring a little bit of comfort during these difficult times, the bakery will also be serving up all coffees at a special discounted price – just £2, with any milk at no extra charge, including oat, almond and soya varieties. Meanwhile, plans are currently underway to launch a ‘dial a doughnut' delivery service to ensure doughnut lovers across London can enjoy the same experience without having to leave their homes.
21 Beak Street, Soho, W1F 9RR; 10am-6pm daily
TAKE PART IN A FITNESS FESTIVAL HERE: The Big Weekender
Studio brand Digme Fitness will host its ‘Big Weekender' two-day festival this weekend, with a schedule full of virtual yoga, HIIT and cycle workouts, not to mention a range of different and inspiring workshops. With tickets costing £28, 100% of the profits will be donated to Juvenis and Milk & Honey, two charities which offers support and training to enable young people experiencing difficulties at school, home or in the community to turn their lives around. Specifically, Milk & Honey offers a safe space for young women and girls to flourish through 1:1 sessions and group projects. This year’s festival line up includes a virtual run with 'We Are Runners', as well as dedicated nutrition workshops and a Pride ride class. Don’t forget to finish the day with a meditation session hosted by Maude Hirst. The full schedule can be viewed here.
VISIT A VINTAGE CLOTHING MARKET HERE: Flea At Vinegar Yard
Flea, Vinegar Yard’s resident vintage and makers market, has reopened its doors, bringing its eclectic mix of vintage fashion, antiques and art back to London Bridge. Having originally launched in 2019, the market offers up a range of curated vintage and artisanal traders, many of which have been operating virtually during lockdown and will continue to do so each Saturday with Insta Flea. In preparation for the reopening, the Flea and Vinegar Yard teams have implemented extensive health and safety measures to protect traders and customers. The market will now operate with a one-way system and strictly capped capacity, while vendors have been spaced out within the outdoor yard to facilitate proper social distancing. Increased handwashing and sanitation procedures have also been introduced across the site. Meanwhile, local roasters The Gentlemen Baristas will be on hand to provide takeaway coffee, along with a selection of snacks for shoppers in need of sustenance, in lieu of a full re-opening of the yard’s restaurants and bars.
72-82 St Thomas Street, Bermondsey, SE1 3QX
EDUCATE YOURSELF HERE: I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Braithwaite
From the founder of Make Motherhood Diverse, this is a timely and important read about the homogenous portrayal of maternity in the UK. Completely eye-opening, think of Candice Brathwaite’s book as an inspirational guide to life as a black mother, as she traces her own journey into parenthood and lack of empathy with Mumsnet discussion boards about what pushchair to buy. It was this inability to relate which prompted Candice to start blogging about motherhood back in 2016, where she explored the various stages in between pregnancy and waving your child off at the gates of primary school, while facing hurdles such as white privilege, racial micro-aggression and unconscious bias at every point. With her trademark sense of humour and refreshing straight-talking, this follow-up book is a call-to-arms for mums to take back control and scrap the parenting rulebook to do things their own way.
Available at Waterstones.com
DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR FATHER’S DAY HERE: Learning With The Experts Cookery Course
This Father’s Day, why not gift your dad an experience he won’t forget? Learning with Experts offers online course where students get real feedback directly from their tutors – yes, that means Michel Roux Jr will mark your dad’s steak cooking and Richard Bertinet will offer his feedback on his focaccia. Michel’s course, ‘The Roux Way’, will demonstrate and teach students how to make his famous omelette soufflé, as well as the Roux dauphinoise – a family favourite passed down through a dynasty of renowned chefs. Meanwhile, as part of his ‘Introduction to Bread Making’, Richard will teach students the foundation of a good loaf and help them master the techniques needed to make perfect bread every time. Simply start whenever you're ready, and complete at your own pace. You can also share assignments and discuss them with your fellow classmates and friends.
CATCH THIS SELL-OUT LONDON SHOW HERE: Small Island
This week’s performance from National Theatre At Home will mark Windrush Day 2020. Filmed live during its sold-out run in 2019, the epic production of Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island traces a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through WWII to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three intricately connected stories: Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. At nearly three hours long, viewers are warned that, as part of depicting the experience of Jamaican immigrants to Britain at this time, characters do use language which is considered racially offensive. Available to view live via the theatre’s YouTube channel from 7pm on 18th June (and available to watch until 25th June), the five-star reviews speak for themselves.
TOUR THIS BLOCKBUSTER EXHIBITION ONLINE HERE: Picasso And Paper
While the doors to London’s Royal Academy still remain temporarily closed, you can experience the gallery’s smash-hit 2020 Picasso and Paper exhibition from home, as part of an online video tour. Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for Guernica to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, the ground-breaking exhibition brings together more than 300 works spanning the artist’s 80-year career – including rare video footage of the artist at work. Immerse yourself in Picasso’s world of paper and discover how – with this everyday material we know so well – he found the means to explore the furthest reaches of his creativity. The best part? Unlike the exhibition’s steep entry price at the beginning of the year, the online tour is free, although voluntary donations of £15 and up are encouraged.
LISTEN TO A NEW PODCAST HERE: Slay In Your Lane
Hosted by multi-award-winning authors Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené – who rose to prominence with their pioneering guide for young black women of the same name – the Slay In Your Lane podcast launched in April, and aims to explore topical news and popular culture from a black British female perspective while also expanding on many of the same themes addressed in the book, including navigating the workplace, finances, education, health, relationships and dating. The latest episode focuses specifically on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Tune in as Yomi and Elizabeth discuss the response to the death of George Floyd, how brands and social media have reacted, and how to look after your own mental wellbeing during this upsetting time.
BINGE-WATCH THIS CULT SHOW HERE: The Politician, Season 2
We don’t know about you, but we’ve been counting down the days until the second season of Ryan Murphy’s hit show drops on Netflix. This Friday, the wait is finally over, as Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow Lucy Boynton and Bette Midler return to chart Payton Hobart’s (Platt) ascendance to the political elite as he follows his singular ambition to be president of the United States. This season, the stakes have never been higher as Payton enters the race for New York state senate, against an accomplished incumbent candidate who has firmly held the office for decades. Filmed in glorious technicolour, with stunning costumes and Murphy’s quintessential dark humour, we can’t wait to see what this second instalment has in store.
Available on Netflix from Friday 19th June
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