First on our listings that tickles the interest is Superscrimpers ‘Waste Not Want Not’. It’s the third series that has reached us in the UK and starts on Sunday 3rd June at 8pm on Channel 4. It looks at the way Britons today try and scrimp and save, battle with deals and coupons, and shows a medley of people showing how they find ways of cutting prices. Instead of us heading the Mediterranean for our summer holidays, the show looks at British holiday resorts that more and more people are choosing to go on.
Instead of spending a fortune on sunscreen and other holiday items, the Superscrimpers show us how to save a fortune on those items by buying cleverly. Using supermarket coupons that people throw away normally, choosing to be frugal with picnics rather than eating at expensive holiday restaurants, and eating seasonal food to save on expensive imported goods is the aim of the game. Mrs M, the show’s presenter, explains to people that they simply can wait until the off-peak times for certain goods to save a fortune, buy cheaper cuts of meat for BBQs, and make the most of loyalty cards and freebies that are constantly on offer but simply aren’t being taken advantage of.
We all complain that we have no money or need to wait until payday but Mrs M’s ways show us that we can enjoy ourselves and can have a great lifestyle without needing to spend a packet!
The next show that is one of this year’s must-not-miss programmes is The Diamond Jubilee Concert. To celebrate the Queen’s 60th on the throne, there is a stunning, star-studded event taking place in front of Buckingham Palace, which sees not only musical performances but comedians too. There is a specially-built stage outside the palace that offers the performers a full 360-degree stage to show off. The whole concert will last 3 hours and 15 minutes, and can be seen on Monday the 4th June at 7.30pm on, of course, BBC1.
The Queen’s lighting of the National beacon will end the show, but not before Lee Mack, Rob Brydon, Lenny Henry and Miranda Hart have taken to the stage. There will be stars from classical music, pop, rock and many more people that have been so influential over the past 60 years, and it promises to be a fantastic event that will kick off the rest of the Jubilee celebrations over the first part of the week.
And lastly, over on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesday 6th June, we have the new series called, “The Secret of Our Streets”, focusing on Deptford High Street for the first in the series. Street names first came around in 1886 when Charles Booth decided to spend the next 17 years of his life naming the streets in London. This was the defining moment in which maps of London were accurate and it meant Victorian England could finally give names to where they lived.
There were colour-coded streets for differing classes, for example, yellow was for the servants and black was where the vicious criminals were – so you knew where to avoid! Very little has changed in over 125 years, and the show embarks on a quest to see how London has changed and if the original streets are still technically colour-coded when we compare house prices and status on those roads.