Culinary tensions in Cornwall
Preoccupied though this new four-part series is with delicious, carb-laden food, the focus on Dawn French’s admittedly dramatic weight loss seems a bit impolite.
Here she plays Gina Benelli, the ex-wife of Leo Vincent ( Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen), a successful chef and hotel owner in Cornwall who owes much of his success to ripping off her exceptional Sicilian recipes.
(French lives in Cornwall, is chancellor of Falmouth University in the county, and even has some facility with the Cornish language, featuring in an online advertisement for a local ice-cream company explaining some of the local lingo.)
Leo, with that arrogant manner seemingly permitted to successful chefs, has married the younger and more glamorous Sam (Emilia Fox). Naturally, Sam assumes since he strayed from Gina, he may be straying from her; accordingly she keeps eagle eyes on all the wait staff. Delicious
Sam takes the surprising step of confessing her fears to Gina, and asks what signs she might have seen predicting his behaviour. “There were none,” Gina tells her. Leo is cheating. But it’s not what Sam imagines at all. And this episode promises to end with a bang, so to speak.
Critical opinion was mixed about season one but a spokesman for Sky said “Delicious delivered our largest average audience for a Sky 1 original drama in 2016”. Accordingly it was renewed for a second season, which has screened in Britain.
(French, Glenn and Fox all chipped in with lamentable cooking puns such as welcoming this “second helping”, “putting it back on the menu” and “cooking up some remarkable storylines”.)
This series is perhaps a tad darker than we are used to from the Vicar of Dibley star, but enjoyable viewing nonetheless. tonight, 8.15pm, ABC.
Dawn French as divorcee Gina Benelli in