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Food and Drink

Food and Drink
Created by Henry Murray
Presented by Simon Bates (1982)
Gillian Miles (1982)
Henry Kelly (1983–84)
Susan Grossman (1983–84)
Jilly Goolden (1983–1999)
Michael Barry (1984–1999)
Chris Kelly (1984–1999)
Oz Clarke (1984–2002)
Anthony Worrall Thompson (1999–2002)
Emma Crowhurst (1999–2002)
Michel Roux Jr (2013—2014)
Kate Goodman (2013—2014)
Tom Kerridge (2015—)
Joe Wadsack (2015—)
Arabella Weir (2015-)
Theme music composer Simon May
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 25
No. of episodes 398
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Bazal Productions (now Remarkable Television)
Release
Original channel BBC Two
Original release Original series:
6 July 1982 – 5 March 2002
Revival series:
4 February 2013 – present
External links
Website

Food and Drink is a long-running British television series on BBC Two. First broadcast between 1982 and 2002, it was the first national television programme in the UK to cover the subject of food and drink without cookery and recipe demonstrations.

Contents

  • History 1
    • Revival 1.1
  • Transmissions 2
    • Specials 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

History

Created in 1982 by BBC producer Henry Murray from an original idea by Jancis Robinson, Fay Maschler and Paul Levy, the first series was presented by Simon Bates and Gillian Miles, and introduced Jilly Goolden in her first regular television appearances as the programme's wine expert.

Russell Harty presented filmed location reports from exceptional restaurants around Britain. This series featured the innovative idea of a small contributing audience of 20 people who were called "tasters and testers". The first series broadcast in the summer months but was instantly successful, drawing an average audience of 1.5 million a week, a high rating for BBC Two in the summer in the 1980s.

Later series were presented by Chris Kelly and chef Michael Barry with wine experts Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke.

A spin-off panel game, Food and Drink Summer Quiz, aired during the main show's summer break in 1987.

The theme music was by Simon May.

Revival

Food and Drink returned to BBC Two on 4 February 2013 stylised as Food & Drink, but shown on TV as food & drink, co-hosted by Michel Roux Jr and Kate Goodman.[1] A Christmas special aired on 18 December 2013, followed by a second series in early 2014.

A third series began airing in January 2015. Michel Roux Jr was replaced by Tom Kerridge as main presenter whilst Kate Goodman was replaced by Joe Wadsack.

Transmissions

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 6 July 1982 10 August 1982 6
2 28 April 1983 30 June 1983 10
3 8 March 1984 19 April 1984 7
4 25 October 1984 26 February 1985 15
5 29 October 1985 4 March 1986 15
6 30 October 1986 10 March 1987 17
7 27 October 1987 1 March 1988 16
8 15 November 1988 14 March 1989 16
9 28 November 1989 20 March 1990 15
10 30 October 1990 22 February 1991 15
11 15 October 1991 10 March 1992 18
12 20 October 1992 19 March 1993 20
13 26 October 1993 5 April 1994 21
14 8 November 1994 28 February 1995 16
15 24 October 1995 16 April 1996 23
16 5 November 1996 20 May 1997 23
17 4 November 1997 31 March 1998 20
18 14 September 1998 12 April 1999 28
19 26 October 1999 21 March 2000 19
20 6 September 2000 18 October 2000 8
21 9 January 2001 27 March 2001 12
22 16 May 2001 16 October 2001 18
23 11 December 2001 5 March 2002 10
24 4 February 2013 11 March 2013 6
25 27 January 2014 18 August 2014 10
26 2 January 2015 -

Specials

Entitle Air Date
Christmas Special 19 December 1983
Christmas Special 20 December 1984
Anton Goes to Sheffield 28 October 1985
Christmas Special 17 December 1985
Right Again, Anton! 10 November 1986
Christmas Special 17 December 1986
Summer Quiz 6 editions 14 July 1987 – 18 August 1987
Raymond Blanc 26 October 1987
Antonio's Italy 8 November 1988
Christmas Quiz 22 December 1988
Carluccio's Italy 2 editions 12 August 1989 – 19 August 1989
Shepherd's Chinese Challenge 24 November 1989
Christmas Special "Mastercook" 19 December 1989
A Man's Place? 28 October 1990
Christmas Special 18 December 1990
American Special 8 October 1991
Christmas Special 17 December 1991
A Cook's Tour of Central Europe 13 October 1992
The Great Euroguzzle 9 August 1993
Choice Cuts 2 editions 16–23 August 1993
Secrets of the South 1 November 1994
A Taste of the New World 19 December 1994
Christmas Special 17 December 1996
Christmas Special 18 December 2013

References

  1. ^ Kate GoodmanThe Times:

External links

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