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OVERVIEW: Gareth Blackstock (Lenny Henry) is a master chef with an obsessive drive for culinary perfection, with no friends or outside interests other than his wife Janice, (Caroline Lee-Johnson) and remarkable verbal talents used primarily to creatively abuse his unfortunate staff of assistant cooks, although he is perfectly prepared to give the same treatment to waiters, management, suppliers, bankers, and, occasionally, customers.
IMDb.............: Rated 8.5/10
First Aired......: September 8, 1994
DVD Release Date.: August 30, 2005
Runtime..........: 205 Minutes
Audio............: English: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Video Format.....: NTSC
Aspect Ratio.....: 1.33:1
DVD Source.......: DVD9
DVD Format.......: Standard
DVD Distributor..: BBC Home Video
Program..........: DVD Decrypter, DVD-RB, AVISYNTH, ProCoder
Codec : MPEG-2 Video
Bit rate : 7500 Kbps
Bit rate mode : CBR
Width : 720 pixels
Height : 480 pixels
Aspect ratio : 4/3
Frame rate : 29.970 fps
Standard : NTSC
Chroma : 4:2:0
Interlacement : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.724
Codec : AC3
Bit rate : 192 Kbps
Bit rate mode : CBR
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : L R
Sampling rate : 48 KHz
DVD Rebuilder Log
AVS Filters are enabled.
Reduction Level for DVD-5: 60.9%
Overall Bitrate : 2,869/2,295Kbs
Space for Video : 4,081,964KB
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1. A River Runs Thru It (First aired: 9/8/1994)
The kitchen staff at Le Chateau are overwhelmed, and Gareth simply must find another chef as soon as possible. The new addition to the kitchen staff (Gustav LaRoche) proves to be more than a handful for Gareth when it turns out that he prefers imbibing the wine rather than cooking with it.
2. Time Flies (First aired: 9/15/1994)
Janice suspects that she may be pregnant and she insists that they seek outside investment to secure their offspring's future. Gareth's reaction is typically uncertain about both.
3. Do the Right Thing (First aired: 9/22/1994)
Is there no end to the depths that Gareth will stoop to get the finest ingredients for his renowned dishes? Gareth deals with a "poacher" to get ingredients. But the long arm of the law is quickly in pursuit. Will Gareth land in the soup?
4. A Diploma of Miseries (First aired: 9/29/1994)
Publicity shy Gareth is hounded by Janice to appear on a chat show, but she soon wishes she had never bothered. When Gareth bad-mouths Janice's cooking to the television audience, he might as well book in with Everton at the latter's new flat. Everton tries to teach his boss a few things about 'amour'.
5. Masterchef (First aired: 10/13/1994)
Everton has developed his own signature dish and, much to Gareth's (very publically displayed) irritation, he begins to hog the media spotlight!
6. Private Lives (First aired: 10/20/1994)
The kitchen staff are having domestic troubles en masse and it's down to Gareth to play agony aunt, if only to get his staff back to work.
7. England Expects (First aired: 10/27/1994)
Gareth enters an international cookery competition in Lyon, France. All the dishes must have ingredients exclusively from the originating country - but where will he get English wine from?!?[/quote]
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• Series 1 can be found HERE
• I will upload Series 3, the final season, in about a week.
Gareth: "Everton, let me explain things to you. In the world of cooking, I am Einstein. Lucinda is Isaac Newton. And you are a mud-dwelling unicellular bit of jelly with a predilection for consuming its own excrement."
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