Childbirth dominates BBC3’s schedules this week, and ITV gets in on the act tonight at 9pm with ‘Home Delivery’, a functional and self-explanatory doc about the increasing trend towards going through the whole messy business in more familiar surroundings. Of potentially more interest is ‘The Baby Bomb’, a provocatively titled but somewhat contrived examination of the pressures of young parenthood.
Plonking three new parents and one single mum-to-be into the same south London tower block probably makes for a cheaper documentary, but also creates a hothouse atmosphere that rather undermines any insights we might have gleaned from looking at the couples in isolation, or from following an NCT group instead. Is Maddy suffering from post-natal depression? Why doesn’t Charlotte cut Sean some slack? Why won’t young Shannon (who accuses her partner of prioritising work over family for going out and earning a crust) grow up a bit?
The gossip flies as thick and fast as the reconciliations and bonding that inevitably follow. It’s moderately diverting and graphically illustrates the sheer exhaustion of caring for a newborn, but ‘The Baby Bomb’ doesn’t add much to the sum of human understanding.
Simmons Tower Bridge
A new branch in the City from Simmons - the popular mini-chain of cocktail bars. The Tower Bridge bar follows in the footsteps of its predecessors: think garish decor, (though not as neon as the Liverpool St bar), bright pink lighting and those epic five-hour happy hour sessions. Expect cocktails to come served in teapots, beers by the bottle and on tap, plus a decent wine list and a selection of shots in a variety of flavours: the jammy donut is a sweet mix of Chambord raspberry liqueur and Baileys, while the don is a blend of amaretto and Jack Daniel's.