AU­DREY’S KITCHEN

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ABC1, Satur­day, 6.25pm ★★★★★ The Work­ing Dog team strikes again. Pic­tures of You, the Chan­nel 7 stu­dio-in­ter­view se­ries hosted by Brian Nankervis, is show­ing a pre­vi­ously un­seen side of its celebrity guests. It makes for great tele­vi­sion. Now we have Work­ing Dog’s pre­miere of Au­drey’s Kitchen — a bril­liantly tongue-in-cheek cook­ing se­ries that is true to the pro­duc­tion com­pany’s flair for com­edy. For­get Nigella — in this se­ries of three-minute episodes, we see the fab­u­lously plum-in-mouth Au­drey Gor­don de­liver ex­otic recipes from her spa­cious home kitchen. Au­drey’s not just a bril­liant cook, she also gives her views on ev­ery­thing from ta­ble man­ners to im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy. Au­drey is played by the se­ri­ously tal­ented Heidi Arena ( The Li­brar­i­ans). Take the fol­low­ing observations from Au­drey and you get a feel for the kind of celebrity chef she re­ally is. ‘‘For me, food is ev­ery­thing. In many ways, I think with­out it, you wouldn’t sur­vive. It’s that im­por­tant.’’ On cut­ting the ends off spring onions, she says: ‘‘It’s like dock­ing a dog’s tail. Not strictly nec­es­sary but aes­thet­i­cally so much more pleas­ing.’’ Out­stand­ing. DD

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