Fighting, feeding and fucking, to paraphrase the sainted David Attenborough, are the orders of the day for Sky’s latest foray into three-dimensional nature programming (simulcast on Sky1 for those of us still dismisssing 3D TV as a fad). The praying mantis, of course, can – and indeed does – combine all three, delivering exactly the right combination of awe and disgust for us viewers.
This six-part series is not for the faint-hearted. Other memorable bug-on-bug tussles tonight include scorpion v centipede, mantis v bombardier beetle and stick insect v huntsman spider. In each case, the defence is at least as impressive as the attack – perhaps the ultimate example of which comes in the shape of the brilliantly named ‘pie dish beetle’ (only in Australia); but kudos too to the ingenious assassin bug, which coats itself in the husks of past victims to infiltrate the dens of potential new ones.
Big Dave provides the context and a little of the light anthropomorphism to which he’s become partial of late, and the whole thing just flies by. ‘Life on Earth’ for the Top Trumps generation.
Sandwiched in the tiny strip of shop fronts that runs between The Borderline and the corner of Charing Cross Road, The Crobar is a modern legend in London's late-night, inner-city life. Not an established live venue as such, it does however stage the odd gig and occasionally hosts comedy events and the like. The cramped and dingy, split-level premises boast a fine jukebox, an extensive range of bourbons behind a well-stocked bar and attitude (and amplitude) by the crate load. Its patrons tend to be of the black-clad, tattooed and intensely loyal kind. It's impossible to have a bad night out at this place; long may it rock.
Venue says: “Still going strong after 17 years. Come and join us for excellent music, great booze and super friendly people!”