An hourly prime time version of the daytime television show of the same name. Four strangers - amateur chefs - compete to host the best dinner party. The parties, solely for the competitors... See full summary »
An hourly prime time version of the daytime television show of the same name. Four strangers - amateur chefs - compete to host the best dinner party. The parties, solely for the competitors, are held on consecutive evenings and each competitor, who is the primary chef in preparing the food for their respective dinner, must submit their menu in advance. The menu must consist of at least a starter, a main and a dessert/pudding. At the end of each party, each guest secretly rates the party on a scale of one to ten inclusive. The rating is based on whatever criteria the guest deems important, the food only being one of those possible factors. At the end of the last party, the host of that party reveals the scoring results, the competitor with the highest score winning a cash prize of £1,000. Written by
"Come Dine with me, let's dine, let's dine away" (LOL) When I first heard of this programme I thought it was going to be a pretty boring alternative look at the cookery show, but when I tried an episode it actually turned out to be better than I initially thought. Basically four or five strangers or celebrities (I mostly watch the celebrity versions, but I may watch the occasional public version) are invited to each others houses to compete for a £1000 prize. The game is simple, one of the group has to cook a three course meal for the other three or four guests, the guests only have a menu as a guide and clue. So the guests eat the three courses, starter, main and dessert, and after the evening is over we see them driving away in a taxi, and it is there that they mark both the food and the evening out of ten, the winner of the £1000 is obviously the person with the highest score. Narrated by Dave Lamb gives it a little something as well, it is not just a mini guide of how the people are preparing their meals, but he also adds some little comedic one-liners about the people themselves, and what they are getting up to. Celebrity guests have included Michelle Heaton, Lee Ryan, Peter Stringfellow, Caprice Bourret, Jimmy Osmond, Vic Reeves, Nancy Sorrell, Antony Worrall Thompson, Christopher Biggins, Edwina Currie, Philip Olivier, Raef Bjayou, June Brown, Dani Behr, Dane Bowers, Bobby Davro, Laila Morse, David Gest, Sherrie Hewson, Mickey Rooney, Hannah Waterman, Javine Hylton, Claire Sweeney, Kim Woodburn, Nadia Almada, Brian Belo, Brian Dowling, Sophie Reade, Julie Goodyear, Ken Morley, John Fashanu, Neil 'Razor' Ruddock, Michael Barrymore, Jenny Powell, Pat Sharp, Brian Capron, Nicola T., Calum Best, Jeff Brazier, Janice Dickinson, Samantha 'Sam' Fox and many more. It was nominated the National Television Award for Most Popular Factual Programme. Very good!
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