I couldn’t do what I do if it wasn’t for Jools nail­ing the fam­ily stuff

TV chef Jamie Oliver says Fri­day night is for cook­ing. MAR­ION McMULLEN finds out about the celebs tuck­ing into the new se­ries of Jamie and Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast

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What can you tell us about the new se­ries 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 – on Net­flix, Ama­zon, YouTube, catch-up, 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, it just fits. It’s a nice bal­ance of cook­ing, celebri­ties and cam­paign­ing.

Are the slots to be din­ers in the café still vastly over-sub­scribed? IT’S al­ways a mas­sive re­sponse. The se­ries is just a joy to make – the right show at the right time.

Peo­ple have a lit­tle ex­tra spring in their step on Fri­days. They shop and cook dif­fer­ently at week­ends, when it’s more about com­fort food and in­dul­gence. We cel­e­brate food in the same way, plus we’re get­ting amaz­ing su­per­star guests.

You’ve got some fan­tas­tic guests this se­ries, 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.

On Jonathan Ross, you can get in and out in two hours so our show is a ma­jor time com­mit­ment. But peo­ple come be­cause they like what we do and they love food.

Danny calls ev­ery­one baby ... ‘hey baby, thanks baby’.

What do you cook for him? YOU’RE go­ing to love Danny’s story. We go back to his roots in Basil­i­cata, where his grand­par­ents came from.

He’s never been there him­self but that par­tic­u­lar part of south­ern Italy was tough and full of poverty, es­pe­cially af­ter the war.

We get pic­tures in front of his grand­par­ents’ old house with the town’s mayor.

The mayor’s also the lo­cal baker and the deputy mayor makes olive oil and wine.

Every morsel of food cooked in the café that day was from the town where his fam­ily comes from.

We got a tra­di­tional pasta shape and recipe that his grand­par­ents would def­i­nitely have cooked.

We had ar­chive pic­tures on the walls. He was gen­uinely moved. The mayor wrote him a let­ter say­ing the town was so proud of ev­ery­thing he’d achieved, how they have al­ways seen him as one of their own and giv­ing him the keys to the city.

Harry Hill is an­other guest this se­ries. How was he? BRIL­LIANT. As funny and chaotic as you’d ex­pect. His story was an in­ter­est­ing one.

He used to be a doc­tor, spent some time work­ing out in In­dia and talked about his mem­o­ries of how good the hos­pi­tal can­teen food was.

Our job was to try and re­live that for him. So we found the hos­pi­tal and one of the chefs from Harry’s time was still there.

We got the ac­tual recipes from him, then we recre­ated this thali, which is like a plat­ter of dif­fer­ent cur­ries, with the bread that he re­mem­bered ...on Southend Pier.

What about Stephen Fry?

HE WAS on bang­ing form. I don’t know how we’re go­ing to edit that show be­cause it was too funny. Ut­terly bril­liant.

We talked about ev­ery­thing from cake dec­o­rat­ing to per­sonal hy­giene. And Jodie Whit­taker, aka the new Doc­tor Who? SHE was won­der­ful. What you see is what you get with Jodie. She’s a grafter, she’s en­thu­si­as­tic and she’s ev­ery­thing you want her to be.

Just like Jes­sica En­nis, who’s also on this se­ries. Gold stan­dard. Our first Dame on the show.

As a dad of girls, it’s amaz­ing to have these ex­traor­di­nary fe­male role mod­els on the show.

How’s your old mate and co-host Jimmy Do­herty? HE’S so good. 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 days’ 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.

Com­bine that knowl­edge with my cook­ing and we’re a re­ally good two­some.

Is he go­ing to be your best man when you and Jools are 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.

What have you learned in 20 years of mar­riage? BLOODY good ques­tion. To never hold grudges, move on, and just hang about. Don’t go any­where.

It’s gen­uinely a won­der­ful thing and I’m so grate­ful to her. I couldn’t do what I do without her nail­ing all the kids and fam­ily stuff.

We’re a good team. She keeps me on my toes, doesn’t take any sh*t, she’s kind, she’s funny…

At some point in life, you have to go ‘I did good there, lucked out and punched well above my weight.’

■ Jamie and Jimmy’s Fri­day Night Feast re­turns to Chan­nel 4 on Fri­day at 8pm.

Ac­tor Danny DeVito Jamie Oliver, left, and above with wife Jools – the cou­ple will be re­new­ing their vows 20 years af­ter ty­ing the knot

Jamie and Jimmy with Jodie Whit­taker

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