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Well, it looks like 'The Big Family Cooking Showdown' was not quite as successful as we were told it would be...

BIG FAMILY LET DOWN 

BBC set to axe judges in overhaul of Bake Off replacement The Big Family Cooking Showdown

Viewing figures reached just 1.3million compared to Bake Off's 6.5million

Apparently this was all down to their choice of judge(s).

 

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I had to look as I didn't know; here they are:

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Rosemary (the one on the right) is excellent and has been doing cookery shows for year.

Nadia is on for political correctness so actually adds nothing.

Zoe Ball is a nice if generalist presenter.

No idea who the bloke is.

 

 

By bye Nadia.

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Why do they need 4 of them to present a cookery programme? Keith Floyd managed on his own (with off camera asides to, I think it was Clive) and was far more entertaining.

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I hate the food programmes.  For all of the 'getting the UK baking' or whatever, it is simply food voyeurism, with a bit of car-crash tv thrown in.

(oh, look at that cake.  It is a lovely cake.  If only I could eat that cake.  I'll bake a cake tomorrow...  or maybe I'll eat some crisps...  Ha-ha, she's flippin' burn the buns.  Ha.  Nom, nom, nom on crisps).

But, thankfully, explicit voyeurism can't go on for that long without getting bored (after a few years, obviously).  IMO this isn't a failure because it just isn't as good as <the previous one>, but because people want to watch something else*. 

I wonder what it will be?

[gardening and talent shows have been done recently enough.  We might be due a resurgence of 'made up lives of the ultra-rich' (think Dallas rather than Kardishans).]

[* I'd acknowledge that I don't watch these programmes enough to know what drives people to watch them in the first place.  I do sort-of understand that what people want to watch depends on the state of the economy -- in a recession people seem to want escapism, in a boom they want 'an experience', etc.]

 

 

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19 minutes ago, dgul said:

I hate the food programmes. 

The ones I have liked have been those that have used food as an anchor for a cultural travelogue.

The Two Fat Ladies was superb and The Hairy Bikers is good; and Man vs Food had its moments.

The rest of it: pfffffft!

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21 minutes ago, dgul said:

I hate the food programmes.  For all of the 'getting the UK baking' or whatever, it is simply food voyeurism, with a bit of car-crash tv thrown in.

 

I would usually agree with only a couple of exceptions.

Having said that I had a bit of a binge the other night and watched all of the "Further Back In Time For Dinner" episodes..   actually quite interesting,  particularly the older ones.  I think because it's history and food together with only minimal cheesy annoying presenters.

Edited by Libspero

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Cookery game shows are a boring genre, flog a one trick pony until its dead (xfactor/strictly etc), who fucking cares about cookery programs, they're shit.

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8 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

The ones I have liked have been those that have used food as an anchor for a cultural travelogue.

The Two Fat Ladies was superb and The Hairy Bikers is good; and Man vs Food had its moments.

The rest of it: pfffffft!

Man vs Food is strangely addictive - I don't know why I enjoy watching that idiot try to consume the equivalent of half his body weight every episode. 

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38 minutes ago, dgul said:

I hate the food programmes.  For all of the 'getting the UK baking' or whatever, it is simply food voyeurism, with a bit of car-crash tv thrown in.

Cooking porn with presenters salivating over wildly improbable dishes that bear no relation to the take aways and ready meals that 95% of the viewing audience are probably eating.

Just to add that we once tried making Mary Berry's carrot cake recipe in our house and it was horrible. Fortunately, it also developed a spectacular fungal growth after only a couple of days in the tin so we were able to chuck it with a clear conscience.

5 minutes ago, Dipsy said:

Man vs Food is strangely addictive - I don't know why I enjoy watching that idiot try to consume the equivalent of half his body weight every episode. 

At least in that show they are eating the same stuff as the regular punters 

Edited by Virgil Caine

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1 hour ago, Bedrag Justesen said:

Nadiya is safe.

Somebody high up at our B.B.C. obviously likes the cut of hijab.

Outstanding.

1 hour ago, Dipsy said:

Why do they need 4 of them to present a cookery programme? Keith Floyd managed on his own (with off camera asides to, I think it was Clive) and was far more entertaining.

The master. Hard to see how he could get on tv these days.

43 minutes ago, Virgil Caine said:

Cooking porn with presenters salivating over wildly improbable dishes that bear no relation to the take aways and ready meals that 95% of the viewing audience are probably eating.

Just to add that we once tried making Mary Berry's carrot cake recipe in our house and it was horrible. Fortunately, it also developed a spectacular fungal growth after only a couple of days in the tin so we were able to chuck it with a clear conscience.

At least in that show they are eating the same stuff as the regular punters 

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1 hour ago, Frank Hovis said:

The ones I have liked have been those that have used food as an anchor for a cultural travelogue.

The Two Fat Ladies was superb and The Hairy Bikers is good; and Man vs Food had its moments.

The rest of it: pfffffft!

I quite like Saturday kitchen. But again, its generally a chef or two rather than ametures being encouraged by 'celebrities '

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3 minutes ago, One percent said:

I quite like Saturday kitchen. But again, its generally a chef or two rather than ametures being encouraged by 'celebrities '

I used to like it. When it was hosted by a YORKSHIREMAN.

Gone downhill ever since.

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1 minute ago, Cunning Plan said:

I used to like it. When it was hosted by a YORKSHIREMAN.

Gone downhill ever since.

What is James Martin not fronting it anymore?  o.O

scratch that, I can't stand the bloody programme. 

You do know that he is from scabbie. 

1 minute ago, Goat said:

The ones I like are those that give me ideas or recipies that I can actually try and use for myself, the Bikers are good on that account, stuff like "bake off" conversely is just nonsense.

Masterchef (the real one) is a notable exception, I'm never going to attempt anything they do, but as reality TV it's "nice".

 

Used to like it when James Martin was presenting but I went off it when he left and they rotated through "guest" presenters each week, have they found a permanent presenter yet?

See.  We need someone from Yorkshire to,make it worthwhile. :)

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3 minutes ago, One percent said:

What is James Martin not fronting it anymore?  o.O

scratch that, I can't stand the bloody programme. 

You do know that he is from scabbie. 

No. He is from North Riding. Proper Yorkshire.

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