Series one, episode one
Led Zeppelin. Blur. And now: 5ive. The live music scene has showcased countless reunion gigs in recent years, sometimes with surprisingly credible results. We fear this may not be the case for this six-part series, which follows half-a-dozen bubblegum pop outfits getting their bands back together for a big one-off gig at the Hammersmith Apollo. None blazed brightly for long – in fact, one or two (911? Honeyz?!) just sat there like damp kindling. But Atomic Kitten and Liberty X produced a couple of early noughties classics in ‘Whole Again’ and ‘Just a Little’, while at least 5ive and B*Witched were as popular as they were dire.
Expect ‘The Big Reunion’ to follow the template of Sky Living’s recent series about Steps: fleeting fame, rapid decline, personal crises, interband warfare, pragmatic reconciliation. Tonight focuses on 5ive (now, bathetically, a four-piece) and original ‘Popstars’ losers Liberty X. ‘It could be something amazing,’ reckons 5ive member Abs. Well, perhaps, but it’s more likely to veer between being a bit tragic and an absolute hoot.
Burger & Lobster
This Leicester Square branch of Burger & Lobster is set over two floors and swishly laid out, with plump red banquettes to effuse its proximity to China Town. Born from the minds of four schoolmates on a rooftop in London, this restaurant chain grew from a pop-up in a Mayfair boozer to ten branches London-wide, and more to boot around the the world. In case the name isn't enough of a hint, these guys specialise in lobsters and burgers. It might come across gimmicky, but ignore that initial impression because if you're after good lobster, you'd be hard pressed to find it at better value for money than here. You can get a lobster (boiled, grilled or in a brioche roll with mayo) with a substantial salad and french fries for £23-£31, depending on how you have it and which branch you're in. For a smaller budget, the beef burgers will set you back £16.
Venue says: “Simply the best burger and lobster in town. See our Facebook page for the latest news and updates.”