Duration - 2005 - present (Channel 4) No of seasons: 22 to date Produced by Granada Productions and Channel 4 Television Corporation Cast: Dave Lamb (presenter)
The Reality TV Cooking Series
group of 4 or 5 people, most notably strangers, compete for the £1k
cash prize and the title of ultimate dinner party host on 'Come Dine
in 2005, the show has become such a hit in the U.K, its success and
format has resulted in the series being exported to more than 10
Dine With Me works
by having each of the contestants taking turns in hosting their own
dinner party efforts and the others rank those efforts out of 10.
scores are then accumulated and the person with the highest score at
the end of the week wins the prize money.
the celebrity version, the rules from the original version still
apply but this time round, the winning prize money is donated to the
winner's charity of their own choice instead. I like the celebrity
versions slightly more as I find them more entertaining and amusing.
One time however, there was a celebrity, make that reality TV star Jasmine Lennard, whose behaviour and attitude was so appalling, she threatened to 'glass' one of the other celebrities. Producers rightfully intervened though and removed her from the show.
dinner parties tend to be a very informal affair, although there are instances
where a dress code is required, when say it is a themed evening and
the guests are expected to turn up in the appropriate attire as
stated on their invite.
on the show is provided by comedian Dave Lamb.
When One Stands The Heat
tends to be one person within that group who is put in there by the
creators, just to generate hostility and perhaps make the series more
interesting to watch. Yet sometimes, their behaviour can irritate or
anger both the group and audience watching them and thus, provoke a
reaction out of them. Personalities can clash and on this programme;
there are instances where this has happened on a number of episodes.
Dine With Me apart
from other cookery shows or programmes about food itself, is it is
not so much about the dishes and the menu they put out themselves.
Rather it's more about perceiving people's attitudes towards other
people through their food, their mannerisms, how they convey
themselves and their personality on TV. Therefore, it has that
voyeuristic, fly-on-the-wall, reality aspect and feel to it that
makes the series quite intriguing but also for others, this can make
the show off-putting for them.
is that criticism that Come
Dine With Me is
more to do with taking cheap shots at people and humiliating them
than the preparation and cooking. You have people saying nice things
about the host on their food or their hosting to their face. But when
they are in a room by themselves in front of the camera crew, they
say nasty, bad things about them.
also find some of Dave Lamb's commentary regarding the contestants
either sarcastic and a bit witty, - or downright rude and spiteful.
It really depends on the types of characters on the series and
whether the put-downs are deemed necessary and fully deserved as they
ought to be.
it does give it the entertainment factor the show needs.
very much doubt that another broadcaster such as the BBC and ITV
would commission and air a show like this. Yet Channel 4 have struck
gold with Come
Dine With Me.
have labelled it the 'Big
Brother of fine dining'; my
disliked episodes are the ones where the nasty person who criticises,
nitpicks everyone's cooking and manages to make disparaging comments
ends up winning the cash. Although thankfully, this doesn't happen
Come Dine With Me is an entertaining and at times amusing effort, the
behaviour and sneaky comments and remarks made by some of the
contestants and the host of the show can get to people and rub them
up the wrong way.
scoring system is good; although (sadly) there is a tendency (and
discrepancy) by some people to mark others down for non-tactical
reasons, other than their cooking and conduct; i.e. because s/he
doesn't like the other person when that person has done nothing wrong
and/or said nothing bad to them.
you love food and intend to see past all the back-biting,
backstabbing and rude comments, Come
Dine With Me is
interesting viewing nonetheless.
for a series that I wouldn't ever consider partaking in myself.