Did we like it?
If in doubt then ruin a good programme by unnecessarily tweaking its simplistic format.
What was good about it?
• The audience now has a touch-pad each so that Ainsley can accurately know whether it’s Green or Red who has to do the washing-up. Unlike previously when the audience held up cards of peppers and tomatoes and Ainsley just guessed – sometimes blindly!
• James Tanner: the cheeky Rafe Spall of the culinary scene manages to be chipper, informative but not annoy. Unlike Jamie Oliver, despite possessing intelligent knowledge, who can so easily irritate a being for just being alive.
• Brian Turner: reminds us of David Lodge from the Carry On films. What?
• Dames Christopher Biggins and Lesley Joseph proving amusing-enough moments. Anything to avoid looking at Ainsley’s shirt.
What was bad about it?
• The opening credits remain unfortunately: a tirade of purple suffused with kitchen implements and an out-of-control faceless human.
• The goodie bag is now supplied by a member of the audience. Likely given to him/her by a producer just to make everyday British folk seem knowledgeable, especially about European cuisine.
• The hideous black background with small square lights flashing red and green incessantly throughout the show.