Cheese Slices

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, Life­Style Food A sixth sea­son for Will Studd, the cheese man, de­buts tonight. Studd is in In­dia, land of the sa­cred cow, to see how the world’s largest pro­ducer of milk makes its cheeses. In­dia is home to 300 mil­lion dairy cows and 94 mil­lion milk­ing buf­falo. Un­til the 15th cen­tury, cheese was largely un­known there be­cause in the Hindu re­li­gion sour milk was con­sid­ered im­pure. Euro­pean set­tle­ment changed all that. Cheese Slices is full of this blend of his­tory and con­tem­po­rary prac­tice. It is also rather mag­i­cal to look at. Cal­cutta, home to some unique cheeses, is ex­plored in de­tail. As well, lo­cal cooks are per­suaded to of­fer up their cheesy se­crets. old dis­carded scooter they tart up, chop in half and place on some­one’s bed­room wall as a night ta­ble so that it looks as if it has just driven through the wall. Both hosts are agree­able but also shrewd in their deal­ings with ven­dors and clients, who have come to ex­pect the best and are pre­pared to pay for it. Tonight things be­gin in Buck­ing­hamshire as the pair out­fox a canny old junkman. Then it’s off to the house of English soul singer Joss Stone, who has com­mis­sioned them to build an out­door pagoda. But it is what hap­pens next that left your cor­re­spon­dent gob­s­macked. The pair trot off to visit stately Old Down Manor, the for­mer home of Tubu­lar Bells com­poser Mike Old­field. New owner Katya Banks de­clares Old­field left be­hind rub­bish and she wants to get rid of it. Of course the hosts are merely here to pick through the bar­gains. On en­ter­ing what used to be the home stu­dio, they come upon a stack of old reel-to-reel tapes in a cor­ner. One has Tubu­lar Bells Demos writ­ten clearly on the spine. Banks is canny enough to re­sist an of­fer from Lien­gaard of £500 ($765) for the stack of tapes but then says he can have one for the fairly stupid sum of 5p. The gen­eral tone of ig­no­rance about this pos­si­bly in­valu­able find is stag­ger­ing. ‘‘ You might be able to get some­thing for it from a spe­cial­ist mu­sic col­lec­tor,’’ sug­gests Brun­ner. Scream. Just when I was start­ing to like them.

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