TV Review – ‘Cookery’ (Harry Hill’s World of TV)

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

Since I’ve been getting into home cooking more often with the usage of ‘The Doctor Who Cookbook’ to make vegetable soups, lasagnes and spaghetti bologneses, I took an interest in watching the latest ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ episode about cookery programmes on TV. I got excited about this! 🙂

In the past, I wasn’t particularly bothered about cookery programmes. They were just there every time I saw a cookery programme on TV whether it’s a Saturday morning or perhaps a midweek evening. I have seen many versions of cookery programmes via Harry Hill’s ‘TV Burp’ programme. 😀

It was fascinating to get into the history of cookery shows such the 1960s black-and-white ‘Adventurous Cooking’ with Fanny Craddock and the contemporary ‘Masterchef’. My Dad told me he saw Fanny Craddock’s TV show during the 1960s so he was quite delighted to see her in this episode.

I’ve seen a few editions of ‘Masterchef’ on midweek evening TV just before I got to saw a Season 2 episode of ‘Torchwood’ in 2008. 😀 It was later on that I discovered that India Fisher (who plays Charley Pollard in ‘Doctor Who’) would be the voice-over commentator for ‘Masterchef’. Uncanny! 🙂

There is a moment in the ‘Masterchef’ segment of the Harry Hill episode where the judges were eating away the contestants’ food and I wondered whether one of them would go “Don’t like it!” or “Hmm, hmm, hmm! Horrible!” Just like how Harry Hill did it for his ‘TV Burp’ episodes. Still hilarious!

I found it amusing when there were shots of Fanny Craddock coughing away in her TV show and Harry Hill went “Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives”. I know the current Covid-19 pandemic is meant to be taken seriously – please keep safe – but I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at that bit. 😀

There were certain celebrity TV chefs I recognised from watching Harry Hill’s ‘TV Burp’, including Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Heston Blumenthal and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I also got to see what famous celebrity Delia Smith looked like on TV after hearing so much about her.

Some celebrity chefs that were featured in Harry Hill’s episode were on the dodgy side, including ‘Two Fat Ladies’…where one of them was smoking during the cooking programme. That’s not very hygienic. There were also the Hairy Bikers as well as Ainsley Harriot who might go a bit OTT at times.

From watching Harry Hill’s episode, I’m not sure if what gets presented during cookery programmes will encourage or inspire you to do cooking. That might be in the presentations of some meats which look ghastly. Mind you, the mince meat I prepare for bolognese sauce does look unappetising at first.

It was funny to see how cookery game shows as well as ‘Masterchef’ like ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ got presented. As well as Ainsley Harriot’s ‘over-the-topness’, the cheesy game show music could be annoying. Did that get played every time Ainsley said ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ on the game show? 🙂

It was a surprise to see Michael Caine be one of the celebrity guests on early editions of ‘Masterchef’. I was expecting Roger Moore and Aubery Hepburn to show up as guests like Harry was building it into a joke that became true. 😀 I’m not so sure about the innuendos at the episode’s end.

Overall, the cookery episode on ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ was a lot of fun. I’m getting a sense that some episodes of the new comedy show of Harry Hill’s are better than others. But the cookery episode was a fascinating one to watch and I’m looking forward to when I get a chance to cook next.

Stay tuned for my review on the sixth episode of ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ called ‘Home Improvement’, coming soon next week.

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim. 🙂

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