Archive for May 21st, 2007

BBC Daytime – Tex Mex hold ’em?

“Food Poker is an innovative take on a cookery show for BBC Two combining the thrill of a poker round with the competitive edge that always ensues when you put two or more top chefs in a kitchen together.”

BBC – Press Office – BBC Daytime cooks up a storm

Food and Poker?! Poker..and Daytime? Who commissioned that? Monkey Tennis factor of 8/10. It’s worth noting that one of the other ideas Alan Partridge pitched just before he hit monkey tennis was ‘Cooking in Prison’ surely it’s only a matter of time…

So, with sports/food hybrid all the rage… here’s one I prepared earlier.

The Pitch: Cooking on Horse Back sees Clare Balding and Angela Hartnett squeezed into jhodpers and aprons to achive epicurean equine ecstasy. BBC Two 7pm.

It’ll appeal to horsey loving upper middle England: Plenty of big strapping girls, stallions, chefs and stablehands and sexual chemistry. Featuring special guest spot from Zara Phillips. Blob of history talking about Mongolian ‘saddle meat’ and game cooking demo. Segment called ‘Angels on Horseback’ where we take the local gymcarana for a lunch. Canter round the paddock – credits.

I reckon 2.4 Million audience share and a really high audience appreciation amongst horsey county pursuit types and absolutely no horse meat eating!

Actually one of the most interesting food show on TV at the moment I think is ‘Take away my Takeaway’. But it’s part of Channel 4’s learning strand so not many people have seen it (Did you know that the modern kebab was invented in Germany). It is however, on 4oD. In a sense it follows on from the likes of Jamie’s school dinners and River cottage treatment. Only it’s aimed squarely at teenagers, who are a much under served food audience, having not seen any programming aimed at them since Get Stuffed.

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May 2007