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Old 30-01-2013, 09:17
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What is it with TV these days, people throwing things in hot oily pans everywhere you look, I really think some television has reached an all time low..
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:19
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Actuall cooking is great entertainment. I love cooking food for people. Watching other folk doing it is dull, dull dull.

Although I like Come Dine With Me because the narrator is comedy gold!
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:19
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I love it. I love all the food channels and almost all food tv shows.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:19
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I love cooking programmes I dont watch TV anymore as I find most of it rubbish but love the food channel (except I hate the barefoot contessa (sp) )

Horses for courses really
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:20
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Since the days of Fanny Craddock in the 60's then the Galloping Gourmet in the 70's and Floyd in the 80's it HAS been entertainment. I suggest you watch something else when it is on.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:21
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When does Masterchef start again? Love that programme.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:24
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Can't abide cookery programmes in general and, I must say, I have a particular loathing for Masterchef because of the oh-so-f**king-serious way they treat it.
I kinda wish somebody would go on there, cook them a bacon sandwich and tell them to just eat it and STFU.

But, erm, yeah.

In our house, any TV show related to cooking, antiques, holidays or property is completely banned.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:28
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I wish I could ban football from my house. It doesn't entertain me in the slightest.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:35
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Man v Food. Never mind Nigella - Goddess that she is - this is food porn (and there's nothing at all wrong with that).
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:36
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I love watching cooking programmes, it sure entertaines me.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:37
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Man v Food. Never mind Nigella - Goddess that she is - this is food porn (and there's nothing at all wrong with that).
"...topped off with a habanero sauce and nacho chilli cheese..."
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:40
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"...topped off with a habanero sauce and nacho chilli cheese..."
Stop it, I'm at work...
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:45
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What is it with TV these days, people throwing things in hot oily pans everywhere you look, I really think some television has reached an all time low..
And yet you have previously declared a fanaticism for F1...many would hold the view that watching cars drive round the same track up to 78 times isn't that entertaining.

To each their own.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:56
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What is it with TV these days, people throwing things in hot oily pans everywhere you look, I really think some television has reached an all time low..
Different strokes for different folks.

I find 22 people in shorts, kicking a sphere around on some grass - dull...........plenty of people seem to disagree with me however.
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:56
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Another thread criticising Food programmes?
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Old 30-01-2013, 09:58
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What is it with TV these days, people throwing things in hot oily pans everywhere you look, I really think some television has reached an all time low..
Do you only get a couple of channels or something? Don't like what you see? Pick up the remote.
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:00
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I con carne.

Sorry, concur......Concur.
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:00
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I love them, Great British Menu has to be one of the best
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:04
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I find it entertaining. For those that don't watch something else

Anyone know when Masterchef Australia is on again? Can't wait
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:14
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Op has clearly never seen Diners, Drive Ins and Dives
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:16
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I for one would rather a good documentary food programmes are okay but like everything else TV has done its usual overkill on them but for those that enjoy them fair enough.

Though seing a fat guy gorge himself on huge protions of food (man v food) is not a programme i think is very good.
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:24
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And yet you have previously declared a fanaticism for F1...many would hold the view that watching cars drive round the same track up to 78 times isn't that entertaining.

To each their own.
Trouble is, these days it seems like the people who invent TV shows are pretty uninventive.
It seems like they ideally want a show with a telephone vote and then they like shows where there's a contest where one person gets knocked-out each week.
They then want cheap shows which means "reality TV" and then they pick a topic from a choice of stuff like antiques, cookery, property etc.

As a result of this we end up with HEAPS of similar shows rather than just one or two.

There are 19 F1 races each year, each comprising around 3 hours of TV. That's a total of 57 hours TV per year.

I wouldn't mind betting that the total number of reality/vote shows per week is more than that.

I actually don't mind, say, CDWM.
It's just that there's also Hairy Bikers, Iron Chef, Ready Steady Cook, Jamies Kitchen, Farmhouse Pantry, Market Kitchen, Nigella Bites, Two Fat Ladies, Masterchef, Junior Masterchef, The F-word, etc (and they're just the ones I remember).

In the face of all that similar dross, it's hard to complain about a couple of hours of footie or an F1 race every fortnight.
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:31
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Horses for courses really
Only the meat course, surely?
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:32
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Jamie Oliver now I really can not stick that guy. Him and Nigella.
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Old 30-01-2013, 10:34
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Trouble is, these days it seems like the people who invent TV shows are pretty uninventive.
It seems like they ideally want a show with a telephone vote and then they like shows where there's a contest where one person gets knocked-out each week.
They then want cheap shows which means "reality TV" and then they pick a topic from a choice of stuff like antiques, cookery, property etc.

As a result of this we end up with HEAPS of similar shows rather than just one or two.

There are 19 F1 races each year, each comprising around 3 hours of TV. That's a total of 57 hours TV per year.

I wouldn't mind betting that the total number of reality/vote shows per week is more than that.

I actually don't mind, say, CDWM.
It's just that there's also Hairy Bikers, Iron Chef, Ready Steady Cook, Jamies Kitchen, Farmhouse Pantry, Market Kitchen, Nigella Bites, Two Fat Ladies, Masterchef, Junior Masterchef, The F-word, etc (and they're just the ones I remember).

In the face of all that similar dross, it's hard to complain about a couple of hours of footie or an F1 race every fortnight.
Although that argument is based on comparing one show (F1) with a whole genre of shows (Cookery), hardly a fair contest.

You are also assuming that the audience for one cooking show will watch all cooking shows. I may watch the Hairy Bikers but I don't watch Come Dine with Me for example. I may watch Masterchef but that doesn't automatically mean I will also watch Junior Masterchef, Professional Masterchef, Australian Masterchef and Juggling Unicycle Masterchef. I may watch Strictly Come Dancing (a show with a phone vote) but I won't watch others such as Splash, Dancing on Ice, X-Factor, Big Brother, etc. If you just take one show (e.g. The Great British Bake off) it probably tallies up quite well against F1 coverage.

If you want to combine all cookery shows on a graph them you'd have to lump together F1 with Snooker and Rugby and Cricket and Wimbledon and Match of the Day and so on and label that column "Sport".

You could then add other columns for "Reality", "Home Improvements", "Quiz Shows", "Sit Coms", "Drama", "Soaps", "History Documentary", "Wildlife" and so on.

Looked at that way I doubt that the "Cookery" column would greatly overshadowing the other categories.
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