Last Night’s TV – The Delicious Miss Dahl

Oh dear… is Nigella no longer de rigeur when it comes to cooking? Or has she hung up her plump-and-I-don’t-care apron thereby passing the baton/baguette to Sophie?

Well, whatever has happened to Nigella, there’s a new kitchen sex kitten on the block, and it’s Sophie Dahl. She’s been something of a yo-yo dieter and has, as she said herself, “been as round as a Rubens and a little slip of a creature.”

But judging by what was on the menu for her first show’s outing, she’s going to be getting more round than she’s previously been. Her suggestion for a day cooking for one came in at several thousand calories – if anyone was counting, and I was – so although she did go to pains to stress this wasn’t a normal daily menu, even still, it was a porker’s wet dream…

However, if I had a day to myself, I wouldn’t want to spend it in the kitchen, and in order to make the rather complex and expensive meals Sophie suggested would not only take ages, it’d make a right mess that I’d have to clean up… no ta.

But Sophie didn’t just stay in the kitchen and we saw her having a saunter around a cheesmaker’s and having a squizz around an antiques shop. She bought a cocktail shaker and veritably oozed sexiness as she purred how she could picture herself in a “bias-cut nightie” as a spivvy looking bloke waited for her… yikes.

However, despite little touches of that kind to distinguish this show from any of Nigella’s, I don’t know that I’d purposely watch this show again. That Sophie’s a pleasant show host isn’t in doubt, but – and perhaps it’s just because I’m rather common – most of her recipes are for those with more expensive tastes than my own.

In addition, I think there are just too many of these shows on TV at the moment. We’re rather swamped with ‘experts’ who pretty much to a man – or voluptuous woman – offer up exotica that’s out of the realm of us proletariat.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.