9 items from 2015
As nominated by our writers, here are the books published in 2015 we can’t recommend highly enough…
Closing the final page on the very best books leaves you with a single urge: to share it. We’re talking about the kind of books that make you want to follow strangers down the road, tugging at their elbow and saying “seriously, you’ve got to read this”.
Here then, is our equivalent of doing that. These are the books published in 2015 that our writers felt compelled to share. If there’s one that you feel similarly enthused about, please do recommend away in the comments section...
The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – Patrick Ness
Daytime programme Mel & Sue, which launched in January, failed to bring in big enough ratings for the channel, The Sun reports.
The show featured celebrity guests, cooking and questions from the audience in a similar format to Mel & Sue's previous Channel 4 hit Light Lunch, but struggled to beat its competition in the 4pm slot.
A spokesperson has now confirmed that the show won't be returning, but said: "Mel & Sue are great talents and we hope to work with them on other projects in the future."
For now, Mel & Sue are starring in the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off, which pulled in 9.3m viewers for its first episode last week.
The show airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC One. »
‘My guiltiest pleasure? Fig rolls. While watching Downton. Nude’
Born in Surrey, Mel Giedroyc, 47, went to Cambridge University, where she met Sue Perkins. They performed at the Edinburgh festival as Mel & Sue in 1993 and hosted Channel 4’s Light Lunch in the late 90s. Since 2010, they have been presenting The Great British Bake Off, which returns to BBC1 later this month. She is married to TV director Ben Morris, has two children and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
Yesterday: sun-lounger, back garden, cup of tea, radio on.
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- Rosanna Greenstreet
Pre-YouTube, fandom was a hard-earned thing. It took research, dedication and enough patience to hover over the family video player’s ‘record’ button for an entire episode of TV-am in anticipation of six minutes with Sylvester McCoy. Six minutes in which the Seventh Doctor would be polled if he was a cat or dog person and then asked to taste a lemon roulade.
Scarcity bred desire in those days, so we took what we could get from our heroes of yore, even if that meant watching Hammer Horror legend Ingrid Pitt make a chocolate mousse, or the aforementioned McCoy attempt to answer fan questions above the hubbub of a Nottingham swimming pool complex. The collision of geek icons and UK daytime magazine shows was sometimes illuminating, sometimes excruciating, »
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 »
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
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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- Michael Hogan
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. »
9 items from 2015
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