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Monthly Archives: November 2014

What’s cooking on British TV this November

MasterChef: The Professionals adds a new face

Tomorrow sees the return of a new series of the popular cookery competition featuring some of the country’s top professional chefs all fighting to get their hands on this year’s coveted trophy. Mainstay judges Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace remain however, longtime favourite Michel Roux Jr has departed to be replaced by new two-time Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing; adding a fresh face and angle to the ruling panel.

The series starts off with a month of heats, beginning with the simple task of asking each chef to make their signature dish. This is shortly followed up by Monica’s usual set of skills tests to trip them up, with tonight’s opening show featuring a croquembouche. Newly recruited perfectionist chef Marcus then gives the contestants some quails and a larder bursting full of ingredients and a set time in which to impress with something original, beautifully presented and of course, delicious.

If food is your passion, then tune in tomorrow at 8:00pm on BBC2 with the show continuing shortly afterwards on Wednesday and Thursday his week.

If you fancy something witty and different…

Tune into Sky 1 tonight at 9:00pm for the start of Micky Flanagan’s Detour de France; a funny and alternative view to following the exact same route as the annual bike race around the roads, villages and towns of France.

‘It’s not a travelogue,’ says Flanagan unsurprisingly. ‘If you’re at home thinking: “Ooh, I’m about to get France uncovered… the secret, hidden France” – you’re not! We’re going on a jolly-up.’

The result is a delightful trek through the French countryside in the company of one of the UK’s funniest exports, starting off with a ferry journey across the British Channel, an uncomfortable cycle down the cobbled route of the Paris-Roubaix road race known as ‘the Hell of the north’, and a quick beer detour across the border to Brussels. Much in the same vein as the infamous “Idiot Abroad” series, it will no doubt give an alternative and distinctly British take on our nearest continental neighbours with a few laughs guaranteed. So if you’re a little tired of the same old TV shows, this one could well be worth a watch.

Don’t forget that his Lordship is back too!

If it may have slipped your notice, The Apprentice has been back for its tenth season for a couple of weeks now and already, the candidates have been dropping like flies!

With a twist of the rules from previous seasons, Lord Sugar can now point the finger and wield the axe whenever he chooses and thus far, he hasn’t disappointed. With the original candidate list being top heavy by an additional five this year, boardroom firings have to date been as unpredictable as ever. What has been predictable is the cretinous and downright desperate nature of the wannabe apprentices who at face value, must have been picked on entertainment value alone as their business credence appears to be withering away with each passing moment.

No clear favourite has emerged from this sorry bunch yet and with the next show on Wednesday due to air, their latest task involves running a tourism business. The teams aim to sell tickets for tours taking in some top attractions from Hever Castle to Blenheim Palace, and unsurprisingly the results are side-splitting and cringeworthy. After being subjected to stupid hats, childish sing-songs, dodgy toilets, delays and bizarre commentary, Karren Brady is spot-on when she describes one tour as ‘the coach journey from hell’. But who’ll be sent packing in a black cab when Lord Sugar has finished with them in the boardroom? Find out on Wednesday night from 9:00pm on BBC1.