Jamie’s Great Escape, Channel 4

by | Oct 19, 2005 | All, Reviews

What to say if you liked it

Another chance to see the loveable chef of School Dinners and Jamie’s Kitchen being put through his paces with great views of the Italian landscapes to boot.

What to say if you disliked it

The cocky Essex wonder boy gets another three hours devoted to him by Channel 4

What was good about it?

• The look of panic on Jamie’s face when smoke emanated from his engine.

• The street vendors sticking to their guns and not letting Jamie taint their fish with his specially prepared sauces.

• Wife Jools always comes over really well on TV and as Jamie rightly pointed out “You’re always crying on TV”

• The streets of Sicily looked interesting. And very scary.

• Jamie knocking the hell out of his hosts patio furniture with his blue van and trailer

• Whether you love him or hate him (we love him) You can tell Jamie has a real passion for his food and a great willingness to try new things

What was bad about it?

• Daughter Poppy’s hair which Jamie had attempted to cut. Cruel we know but she reminded us of the cabbagepatch dolls in the 80’s!

• Jamie’s narration was unnecessary as he was the star of show and most of the scenes involved him talking to the camera anyway it seemed pointless to have him do the narration as well and it added virtually nothing to the program.

• Jamie doing the old Brits abroad trick by talking to everyone with his Italian phrase book and adding the odd “OK, mate”.

• Although initially we got a small chuckle out of his disastrous blue van and the desolate campsite, the whole thing felt a little staged and set up.

• Stripped bare, it’s basically a cooking series and nowhere as interesting or innovative as School Dinners and Jamie’s Kitchen.

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


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