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Mel & Sue interview: 'We still don't know what we're doing'

21 January 2015 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

In many, many ways, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have had one heck of a career journey since the '90s.

From serving up the odd flop to near-national treasure status, their "resuscitation" - as Perkins put it to Digital Spy when we met the pair for an exclusive interview - came courtesy of The Great British Bake Off in 2010.

Riding their re-found popularity, ITV has delivered daily chat show Mel & Sue.

It sees the comedy duo revisit their Light Lunch roots - much to the excitement of those who love slightly unpolished, slightly chaotic and bloody funny television...

How did Mel & Sue come about? Did ITV approach you, or vice versa?

Sue: They asked us actually. And we are so shallow that if you ask us, we will come.

Mel: We're available!

Would you say there are quite a few similarities between Mel & Sue and Light Lunch?

Mel: I've »

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Mel & Sue are back – with the same old shtick

16 January 2015 5:06 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Bake Off duo have essentially revived their first TV programme, Light Lunch, but a daily talkshow seems a stretch this time around

Broadcasters normally return to their old shows only for anniversary special editions. Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, though, have turned back the clock more vigorously. Finding themselves, after a mid-career dip, as hot as a Great British Bake Off cake just out of the oven, they have essentially revived their first television success with a slight tweak of timing.

Twenty years ago, Perkins and Giedroyc came to attention with Light Lunch, a Channel 4 chat-and-chomp format in which they chatted to celebrity (or at least broadly recognisable) guests while a top chef knocked up a midday snack. Whether or not this had been the scheduling intention, the show’s impact was helped by becoming breakfast television for the student population.

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- Mark Lawson

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Mary Berry is 'scary mum' to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc

15 January 2015 1:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Mary Berry is like a ''scary mum'' to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. The two presenters believe part of the success of 'Great British Bake Off' is the strong bond between the and the show's judges, Mary and Paul Hollywood. Sue said: ''The viewers like that we all get on. With Mel and me, there's a love there. And with 'Bake Off' our family is complete. We have a scary, brilliant, cool mum in Mary and a wayward hilarious brother in Paul.'' Mel added: ''We laugh all the time.'' The duo are returning to live TV with afternoon chat show 'Mel and Sue', their »

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Ken Morley: I'm not racist

13 January 2015 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Mary Berry is like a ''scary mum'' to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. The two presenters believe part of the success of 'Great British Bake Off' is the strong bond between the and the show's judges, Mary and Paul Hollywood. Sue said: ''The viewers like that we all get on. With Mel and me, there's a love there. And with 'Bake Off' our family is complete. We have a scary, brilliant, cool mum in Mary and a wayward hilarious brother in Paul.'' Mel added: ''We laugh all the time.'' The duo are returning to live TV with afternoon chat show 'Mel and Sue', their »

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Mel & Sue review: A nostalgic trip back to '90s telly

12 January 2015 9:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

To call Mel & Sue a "brand new chat show" is a cheeky move from ITV.

It might be new in name, but that's just about it. We've seen the presenters, format and even guests in the new show, which aired for the first time today (January 12), all here before.

In the late '90s, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fronted Light Lunch on Channel 4. It featured cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.

Mel & Sue wasn't a million miles away. It was all about cooking, celebrity guests (including Jennifer Saunders), questions from the studio audience and haphazard presenting.

Commissioned on the back of their reinvigorated success from The Great British Bake Off, the fact they were revisiting old ground was something that wasn't lost on the pair.

As they discussed Celebrity Big Brother in their introduction, they quipped the Channel 5 show was »

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Broadchurch, Girls

12 January 2015 5:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mel & Sue: ITV, 4pm

Following their Bake Off-fuelled resurgence, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are returning to daytime TV with a new live chatshow.

Jennifer Saunders and Gareth Malone are their first guest stars, while the show also - of course - incorporates a cooking element, with a chef serving up tasty dishes for all to share.

Broadchurch: ITV, 9pm

The crime drama that has the whole nation gripped continues, as the shock waves from last episode's stunning events reverberate through Broadchurch.

Tonight, Paul (Arthur Darvill) continues his secret meetings, while Hardy (David Tennant) must face a figure from his past as the Sandbrook case continues to haunt him.

Celebrity Big Brother: Channel 5, 9pm

Following recent events, you won't want to miss a single second of Celebrity Big Brother - in what promises to be the most dramatic series yet.

Emma Willis and Rylan Clark will also host »

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Mel and Sue’s funniest moments

11 January 2015 11:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As comedy duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins launch their first live chat show since the 90s, we look back at their best gags

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are going back to their roots with Mel & Sue, their first live chat show since 90s student favourite Light Lunch. We warm up with a rewind of the pair’s best bits.

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- Michael Hogan

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Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins: 'New show is farewell tour in case it fails'

6 January 2015 3:40 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have joked that they may call their new daytime talk show a "farewell tour" in case it fails to impress.

The Great British Bake Off duo will launch Mel & Sue on ITV next Monday (January 12), 15 years after their original series Light Lunch came to an end.

Discussing their nerves, Perkins said: "I've started calling it the 'Farewell Tour' in case it fails. I'll say, 'Mel and I will always love each other, but it's goodbye'. But if it works, we'll rebrand it and say, 'Well, hello again'. It's like the Rolling Stones - every tour is a farewell tour."

Giedroyc added: "Everyone is really nice if they think it's a farewell tour. They give you the benefit of the doubt."

On finding the right format for their return, the pair also revealed that they had spent two or three years trying to find the right live show. »

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