Rick Stein’s Spain
Tuesday, 8.30pm, ABC1 Rick sticks the script in this series final, chatting to interesting locals and rhapsodising over the local food. There is is nothing as extravagant as the episode where fine sliced pork was compared to communion on a visit to the ‘‘ Vatican of hams’’ but he does lay it on thick while visiting a paella festival in Valencia. There is more of the same in La Mancha, where he enjoys a garlic soup to tilt for. Journeys end is at Seville, ‘‘ where the old world met the new’’, giving him a chance to talk about how food brought back from America changed the way Europe ate. This is a food and travel magazine in TV form, designed for travellers keen to strike out on their own, but not too far off the beaten track. It is all lovely images and delicious but undemanding recipes with amiable locals explaining why we should come to visit. You’re not going to learn a lot about Spain and how people are coping in these hard times, but the food does look fabulous and Stein’s good-natured style makes this amiable escapism.