The Insider Jamie Oliver on his new se­ries; Sheri­dan Smith is back in a ma­jor TV drama

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This week sees a new sea­son of the pop­u­lar food show fea­tur­ing life­long mates, Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Do­herty. The celebri­ties lined up for se­ries six in­clude Stephen Fry, Danny De Vito, Olympic gold-win­ner Jes­sica En­nis and the open­ing guest, Jodie Whit­taker, aka Doc­tor Who. Jamie Oliver tells Insider what’s in store.

De­scribe the new run of Jamie & Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast…

It’s the sixth se­ries and feels like it’s get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter as time goes on. Peo­ple are get­ting creative in how they con­sume TV con­tent in all sorts of weird, won­der­ful and dy­namic ways, but I think ac­tu­ally many of them want reg­u­lar, trusted pro­grammes at cer­tain times of the week. And on Fri­day evenings, our show just fits. It’s a nice bal­ance of cook­ing, celebri­ties and cam­paign­ing. It’s great to have that soap­box slot, rather than an hour-long doc­u­men­tary. The show has achieved amaz­ing things be­cause of a light-hearted lit­tle Fri­day night rant. And we gen­uinely work hard to make the au­di­ence happy.

There are some big guests this time, in­clud­ing Danny DeVito. How was he?

Hi­lar­i­ous. He’s a Hol­ly­wood leg­end and he came es­pe­cially to see us at the end of Southend Pier, two hours out of Lon­don, for a six-hour film­ing. That isn’t nor­mal. Peo­ple come be­cause they like what we do and they love food. Danny calls ev­ery­one baby – ‘Hey baby, thanks baby.’

How’s your old mate, Jimmy Do­herty?

I’m so lucky to work with Jimmy. I’ve got the ad­van­tage of hav­ing grown up with him since the age of two, so I know him in­side out, front­wards and back­wards. Jimmy’s al­ways got a few shows on the go and he does more film­ing than any­one I know, so tech­ni­cally he’s on fire but still loads of fun and beau­ti­fully daft. He’s a farmer, a butcher and no­body on the planet trav­els to as many farms and food busi­nesses around the world as he does.

Is he go­ing to be your best man? Be­cause you’re get­ting mar­ried again…

Yeah! Me and Jools are go­ing to re­new our vows to cel­e­brate our 20th an­niver­sary. We don’t get out much or have too many par­ties, so we thought we’d give it a go. She loves the idea and thinks it’s ro­man­tic. I think 20 years is a mas­sive achieve­ment. And if we get to 40 years, we’ll do it again.

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new sea­son Watch it Jamie and Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, Chan­nel 4

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