BBC iPlayer cooks up a treat, serving fifty classic cookery shows this Easter

Cookery fans can indulge in a feast of classic culinary programmes from the BBC’s archive this Easter weekend. 

Cookery fans can indulge in a feast of classic culinary programmes from the BBC’s archive this Easter weekend. Fifty popular BBC cookery shows, starring some of nation’s most loved cooks including Fanny Cradock and Delia Smith, will be available in the From The Archive category on BBC iPlayer.

The collection of programmes provides a fascinating snapshot into the evolution of the nation’s tastes - and BBC cookery shows - over time. With programmes spanning from 1970 to 2012, viewers can watch how eating and cooking habits, technology and presentation styles have developed as Britain embraced flavours from across the world.

The earliest programme in the collection, Fanny Cradock Invites You To… A Cheese And Wine Party, was first broadcast in 1970. It sees the legendary TV cook prepare a sumptuous spread for a sophisticated soiree. With her over-the-top glamour, Fanny enticed the British public to create extravagant meals on a budget. Her recipes went on to define British food, particularly in the post-war period, and her Escoffier-inspired dishes were a refreshing change after years of rationing.

Other highlights from the collection include the no-nonsense cookery series where Delia Smith made her name, Delia Smith’s Cookery Course; the 1980s programme that first taught viewers how to use a wok, Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery; and the classic Caribbean cookery show, Caribbean Food Made Easy, with Levi Roots.

A full list of the programmes includes:

  • Fanny Cradock Invites You To… A Cheese and Wine Party [1970]
  • Delia Smith’s Cookery Course (10 episodes) [1979]
  • Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery (8 episodes) [1984]
  • Floyd On France (7 episodes) [1987]
  • Madhur Jaffrey’s Flavours Of India (6 episodes) [1995]
  • Rick Stein’s Seafood Odyssey (8 episodes) [1999]
  • Caribbean Food Made Easy (4 episodes) [2009]
  • Lorraine’s Fast, Fresh And Easy Food (6 episodes) [2012]

From the Archive launched on BBC iPlayer last September hosting over 400 programmes from the BBC’s vaults. The category includes a wide range of programmes from 1946 to the present day featuring BBC documentary series Horizon, Storyville and Imagine, alongside popular classics and programmes from legendary BBC stars like Louis Theroux, Dawn French, David Attenborough and Barbara Windsor.

March 22, 2018 5:29am ET by BBC iPlayer  


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