So, I have finally found the time to write about this show. It's been on my mind to do this for quite some time. Ever since I first saw the first episode, I knew I had to write about it.
It's basically about British food, and how it has shaped who we are today. And it ties in with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Giles, and a team of experts from different fields, like historian Lucy Worsley and botanist James Wong travel the country and discover what made British food what it is today. Giles is the host, but he's not on the show 100% of the time, which is ok. The rest of the time (I'd say 40% of it) the other experts talk about what they've learnt in the part of the country they are in at the time.
In the first episode Giles went to Norfolk, and learnt about how they make Coleman's mustard, and found out about the mint they grow in Norfolk too. This was a great first episode. Really interesting and full of information about the food grown in Norfolk. Also, Giles being Giles made it really enjoyable to watch. Whenever he's on TV it brings a smile to my face. He just has this light-hearted-ness about him (as does Sue Perkins) which I find a pleasure to witness.
In episode two Giles and the team go to North Wales. Here Giles discovers about the mussels that are farmed on The Menai Strait. He also gets stuck in mud, which I found hilarious. Of course for him it can't have been as funny, but he made light of the situation, which again lightened up the mood of the show.
This is a moving image from the show that I got off Tumblr. It's kind of funny, but I just thought it was worth using, because it's like a short moment captured from it.
The show is mostly a serious look at British food and its history, but you can't help but laugh at Giles, and even Lucy at times, because they are people with a natural sense of humour, and without that they just wouldn't be who they are.
For example, in episode one Lucy goes and sees how turkeys are de-gassed after they have been killed. Immediately, that sounds serious and a bit gross. But when she sees it happen, and hears the gas coming out of the turkey she can't help saying how she's just heard a turkey farting - which instantly lightens the situation, making it less gross, and more easy to watch.
This is why I love the show. It's well structured, quite easy to understand, informative, and also entertaining and humorous. All the best qualities you could hope to find in a show like this one. It is wonderful. And a joy to watch. And there's still a few episodes to come.
The next episode is on tonight at 8pm on BBC 2.
Hope you enjoyed reading my little review about the show, and hope you want to watch it yourself, if you haven't already.
Also, check out BBC 2's page about the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01flrfl
Thanks for reading. xx