Having teamed up last year for a week gorging on early 20th-century fare (in Edwardian Supersize Me), restaurant critic Giles Coren and writer and comedian Sue Perkins are back. Their new series is part-history lesson, part-cookery class.
The format works brilliantly. Coren and Perkins balance each other neatly, with plenty of humour and an on-screen frisson of friskiness that\'s quite charming. The clothes and the sets work well, and there\'s plenty of trivia along the way. Naturally there are shades of 1940s House here, but it\'s still a novel twist on history documentaries and cookery programmes, building into a fascinating look at the dull and grey foods that the British were obliged to eat during the war.
In future weeks Coren and Perkins will be sampling the cuisine of other eras in Britain\'s history - including Elizabethan, Restoration, Regency and Victorian. I\'m particularly looking forward to their take on the 1970s. Prawn cocktail, gammon with pineapple and Baked Alaska, anyone?
HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: The Supersizers Go...
On: BBC 2
Date: Tuesday 3rd June 2008
Time: 21:00 to 22:00
Victorian. Episode 3.
As Giles dons top hat and waxed moustache, Sue dresses up in tight corset and outrageously wide skirts. During the week, they visit the Natural History Museum to try the food of Charles Darwin\'s Glutton Club. Cooking for them at home is best selling cookery writer Sophie Grigson.
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