Come Dine with Me
Tuesday, 8.30pm, Lifestyle Everyone has a story about a dinner party that doesn’t quite work, but this series takes the cake, so to speak. Excruciating to watch at times, it’s also easy to get hooked. Some of the characters and the concoctions they serve defy belief; their table manners would make etiquette queen Emily Post cringe. The brilliant concept — which pits four amateur chefs against each other for the £1000 prize — started in England in 2005 and has been copied across the world including Australia. They’ve never met before and nine times out of 10 are unlikely to become bosom buddies. Tonight sportswoman Lauren, amateur drama enthusiast Ben, racing car driver John and party girl Julia gather in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, over four nights to rate each other’s hospitality. When squirrel makes it on to one menu, well, you just know the perpetrator is one sick bunny. There seems to be no end to the number of oddballs prepared to make fools of themselves, but the novelty does wear a bit thin after too many viewings.