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Something For The Weekend is a live magazine type show and has become a weekend habit in our house. My fiancée and I veg out to this as much as we can on a Sunday morning with some coffee and breakfast. It's on BBC 2 from 10.00 a.m until 11.30 a.m. and it follows the same format each week. This sounds like a long time for it to be on but it does seem to fly past. I must admit normally I'm not overly keen on cookery type programme whereas my Fiancée seems to want to watch every one going (and there are a fair few). Though this show isn't just about cookery it has lots of other things going on in it but more of that later. There are three main presenters: Tim Lovejoy who mostly talks about football and can be quite irritating. Simon Rimmer who is a celebrity chef and seems a likeable chap, he does all of the cooking and Louise Redknapp who I think, was in the pop band Eternal. All three of them get on with one and other fairly well, their banter is funny to watch especially between Tim and Simon, who bicker about whose football team is best. Tim supports Chelsea and Simon supports Liverpool so they often rib one and other if their team looses. There are normally two guest slots on each show, one guest appears towards the start of the show and the other toward the end. They have a wide range of guests on from sports people, comedians and pop bands to actors. Louise and Tim spend around 5-10 minutes doing an informal laidback interview with the guests. Throughout the show Simon cooks a three course dinner each week with consists as you may have guessed a starter, main course and dessert. Then he also cooks a dish called lazy brunch just before the end of the show. He normally gets the guests to help out with him in the kitchen which is always a bit of a laugh as some of them really don't have a clue what to do. There have been times when guests don't even know how to crack an egg. Interspersed within the live show are various preview clips from upcoming films or television programmes. These can often be of nature programmes or new comedy programmes and funny films. Yesterday they showed a clip from the upcoming film Alice in Wonderland. So it's a great way to see what you might want to watch at the cinema. The bits of the show I like the best are: The gadget round up- Tim gets to play with 2 or 3 of the latest gadgets and see if they work. It's quite funny with the programme being live as they often don't work so it's always embarrassing to watch. Cocktails - Made by Wayne Collins, who really knows his stuff when it comes to alcohol. He makes two cocktails for the presenters to try each week. They are normally based around a theme, for example yesterday it was cocktails for St. David's day. His cocktails always look so good, I wish I could sample some. At the end of the show all the presenters and guests sit round a table and eat the food Simon has prepared throughout the show. Tim then asks the guests some viewers questions (I think you can email your questions in via the BBC website). I would suggest giving this a go if you have some spare time and want to chill out on a Sunday morning.
And here comes another 'breaking the magician's code' TV show review...having worked on the show before hopefully it'll give a slightly different insight to the one you're more familiar with. This is the Sunday morning magazine show Something For The Weekend. It's hard to pigeon-hole this show, which is partly a reason for it's continued success - it contains cooking, chatting to celebrities and general entertainment, and is certainly one of the best things on television at that time of the morning if you have no interest whatsoever in Andrew Marr or Hollyoaks. Broadcast between 10 and 11.30am each Sunday of BBC Two, Something For The Weekend is hosted by Tim Lovejoy and Amanda Hamilton, and they're joined each week by chef Simon Rimmer, who happily carries his way through the show so it's possible to argue a case for him to be the third presenter. Being broadcast live on a Sunday it's a nice early start for the crew - all will have arrived by 7am...and before you ask, the food that's cooked on the show is all cooked so it's edible, so the home economists are in the kitchens by 5am! Madness! On that basis it's clear to work out Rimmer doesn't cook the food on the show apart from what he does in the 'kitchen' during the show's broadcast. Although he does have an input during the week on what will be cooked - often the meals will have a theme and be an interpretation from one of his restaurants. It's all very much a case of during the show him having to use the good old fashioned 'he's one I made earlier' routine! Perhaps most surprising is that Rimmer lives in Manchester, so regularly gets either a train or plane to London on Saturday nights...there's your licence fee going to good use... The show is broken into sections, often notified by the meals being cooked. Four different dishes a made during the show - a starter, main, dessert and a 'lazy brunch', which can be whipped up in a few minutes. Rimmer will be joined by Lovejoy, Hamilton or one of the guests during each dish to help assist him in the 'kitchen'. At this point I'll state why I use the term in inverted commas - the cooker and oven do work in the set, but the sink you see each week with water in it is merely filled up outside in the main kitchen area of the production offices as no water mains are attached - health and safety and all that...and sheer convenience of not having to set up a water mains! There are often two celebrity guests on the show, always promoting something which means there's no need for an appearance few, and also two sections regarding gadgets and cocktails. Each week a mixologist - often Wayne Collins who is a great man I should point out - will make two different cocktails, often based on a certain theme for Lovejoy and Hamilton to try. As with Rimmer, Collins will have some say during the week with the Food Producer and Series Producer as to what will be made, and due to complexity sometimes of the drinks, and food for that matter, it gives the Researchers time to buy the necessary ingredients. The gadget roundup can sometimes differ from interesting to a downright nightmare if the products don't work! At the end of the show, all the presenters and guests sit around a table, eating the food that's been cooked previously, while Lovejoy asks the guests questions that have been sent in from viewers. All in all, it's a light-hearted Sunday morning entertainment show - nothing more, nothing less. The production team are in from first thing Tuesday morning preparing the next show, so it's not just a case of rocking up the day before to prepare this show so I should give them their due...but light-hearted entertainment is all you really want on a Sunday morning, so it'll do well!
There's something strange about Something for the Weekend. Essentially it is a morning magazine programme in the vein of This Morning. You have two presenters (Tim Lovejoy and Amanda Hamilton) and two celebrity guests all interespersed by a chef (Simon Rimmer) cooking a 3 course meal and a brunch dish, a cocktail expert, a gadgets expert and some clips from the week's programme. That's all fine but does not explain why everyone loves this show! I think its fantastic and really look forward to a lazy Sunday morning watching it, but the strange thing is so does my boyfriend. When I talk to people at work about it, they all (men, women, all ages) think its great. I think it must be to do with the relaxed atmosphere, the obvious enjoyment and friendship between the show's hosts and experts and probably the genius of Tim Lovejoy who made even Soccer AM watchable for someone who hates football. If you're awake at 10am on a Sunday morning, switch it on, lay back, relax and enjoy.
Something for the Weekend is a Sunday ritual in our household now, we first discovered this show one Sunday morning when we were up early and looking for something to watch whilst having a breakfast and deciding what to do that day. My partner and I love cooking and cookery shows but not anything too stuffy or formal, Something for the Weekend is perfect as it's so relaxed and informal, they create some wonderfully easy to make but delicious looking dishes each week that absolutely anyone could recreate in their own kitchen, which of course is the whole point. The three presenters have a great sense of fun and often joke around with the productioni team in the background sometimes laughing along unseen which simply adds to the laidback nature of the show. Each week the team make a 3 course lunch and serve it to their celebrity guests who also answer questions from viewers and talk about whatever it is they're up to at the time. As well as food they also show clips from TV shows that have taken place over the past week and also reviews of ones to come over the coming week, one of their favourites is Hole in the Wall shown on Saturday nights which is absolutely hilarious. The show starts at 10am and runs through until 11.30am so is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a Sunday morning, I'll be gutted when the current series ends.
Being a huge fan Hollyoaks fan, I started to get bored of the far fetched story lines so I turned over and stumbled upon something for the weekend and I am now hooked this is a refreshing programme to watch on a sunday morning compared to Match of the Day, Country File or Heaven and Earth. On BB2 on a Sunday from 10:00 - 11:30, presented by Tim Lovejoy and Amanda Hamilton and Simon Rimmer the Chef. With celebrity guests interviewed and then they cook with Simon Rimmer, Simon cooks a starter a main course a pudding and a lazy brunch, all which look great whilst getting some great cooking tips along the way. Also on the show they have a clip from the favourite tv show of the past and present and also a drink specialist who will whip up a few great cocktails to sample that are all the rage for the season. Then at the end of the show all the guests and presenters sits down to eat a choice of what was cooked on the show for luch, where you can then email the show to have you questions asked to the guests. A great all round show with everything in it and with great presenters there is no better way to start your sunday morning telly. Unfortunatley although not a short about sports you will have to listen to Tim a huge Chelsea fan and Simon a Liverpool fan they like a little debate on football.
Throughout the show a three course meal is prepared intertwined with 2 guest interviews.