Come Dine with Me

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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