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Tom Cannavan

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Apologies for my outburst :). I really have had enough of these people. Sat down for a flick through BBC catch up and saw a documentary about Monaco that I thought might be diverting, but as soon as it started and it was Fred doing the voice-over, I switched off. As I say, nothing against him as he seems lovely, but too, too over-exposed for sure.

Not as much as Ramsey :)
 
From the thread title, I thought we were going to see a photo of your knees out in the sun on the terrace.


Tom Allen (the wee bald camp comedian that looks a bit like Joe Fattorini) is ridiculously omnipresent. There was a day last week when I think he was on about four time in one day, on multiple channels. I wonder if he was the only one available for a while because of covid?

Fred Siriex is vastly preferable to Tom Allen, as Fred can do more than one thing, and is genuinely good at what was his day job before TV took over and can present programmes on restaurants and food with some knowledge (the restaurants series he did with different chefs was brilliant, especially the Moroccan one with Andi Oliver (who is also rather over-exposed), whereas Tom Allen is always the same schtick. He must have some dirt on a number of commissioning editors. But he does dress very nicely.
 
Like Andrew, I thought Fred's series on the favourite restaurants of famous (and often over-exposed) chefs was pretty good and actually interesting. I too enjoyed the Moroccan one with Andi Oliver, but agree that they are rather over-exposed, especially with Andi's elevated role in GBM, where she mingles annoyingly with the chefs and then repeats what the judging chef (veteran) just said.
Tom Allen must be the most annoying person on TV at the moment and I completely switched off watching the M&S celebrity chef rubbish within 5 minutes of it starting. Another person currently over-exposed is the unbelievably white-toothed Rylan (sp?).
Its interesting that TV is now almost only available at 2 extremes - some seriously good, mainly Scandic (but some good stuff from other countries e.g. the current series of Fargo), police/crime dramas and everything else that seems to be an advertising vehicle for whatever the hosting celebrity is also selling at the moment. And then there's all the 'reality' stuff.
 

Tom Cannavan

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I enjoyed the restaurant series too, even though it was the beginning of my over exposure sickness, but that was then and this is now, and I do think when he, Ramsay and the wee Italian guy took off in a camper van it sealed his fate for me as a viewer. Never saw it, other than the endless nauseating trailers, but even that 30 seconds had me grabbing for the remote.

Should this be in the grumpy old men thread?
 
I have to agree. Reaches for the off button every time. I think it’s the sensationalism that does it. Much rather elicit my epicurean joy here.

Take Benoit Blin , knows his subject inside out but is equally calm in praise and criticism.
 
I have to agree. Reaches for the off button every time. I think it’s the sensationalism that does it. Much rather elicit my epicurean joy here.

Take Benoit Blin , knows his subject inside out but is equally calm in praise and criticism.
I think Bake Off The Professionals is verging on the over-intellectual to survive without an additional injection of camp or something
 

Tom Cannavan

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I think Bake Off The Professionals is verging on the over-intellectual to survive without an additional injection of camp or something

Haven't watched it since the first series (when it was called something else I think?) but it was pretty humourless. The point seemed to be to admire the beautiful work and gasp at the disasters, but nothing in between. It needs Fred Siriex.
 
(Old man rant mode engaged) I would take Fred any day over the new breed of (mostly) young presenters that cannot talk proper English, is it really necessary to drop all of your “H”s and not pronounce any “T”s? (Mode disengaged
 

Tom Cannavan

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No April fool from me: as i said, I believe Fred Siriex is a very nice guy, and on one meeting many years ago at Galvin at Windows he was lovely - took us out onto the terrace to see the skyline at night and so on. My rant is definitely not 'anti' him; it's anti his current over-exposure (ditto Ramsey, the wee bald guy, etc).

With his a natural charm and personality he thoroughly deserves the success of his TV career, but he or his agent have, understandably perhaps, decided to make hay while the sun shines and for me it's now a case of 'enough already' - he is on just about every TV format going, we have life-size cut outs of him adorning Marks & Spencer, etc., etc.

Personally I find he is so over-exposed that his presence is now putting me off, rather than attracting me. I'd still rather have him than Ramsay, Gino or the wee bald guy any day, but at the moment all of them have me reaching for the off button...
 
The cartoon housebreaker Italian. You would never think from his on-screen persona that he did 2 years for burgling Paul Young’s house.

But I guess we’ve all done stuff we’re not terribly proud of when we were young!
 
Fred Siriex. Seems like a very nice guy but sweet Jesus give us a break: there must be other presenters and voice-over artists, even French ones I suspect.
Maybe you watch too much TV?

I think I first encountered his name on a wine stand in M&S where two wines were shown as his choices, and I thought "Who?"

As far as I know, I've never seen him on TV.
 
I think Bake Off The Professionals is verging on the over-intellectual to survive without an additional injection of camp or something
Of course it is the very same Tom Allen (wee bald guy) who provides the additional injection of camp (and nothing else whatsoever, but that is one more thing than his fellow presenter) in BakeOff Professionals.
 

Tom Cannavan

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Of course it is the very same Tom Allen (wee bald guy) who provides the additional injection of camp (and nothing else whatsoever, but that is one more thing than his fellow presenter) in BakeOff Professionals.

That's new: I am sure it was just a French chap and Oriental woman when I watched the first series years ago.
 

Tom Cannavan

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Maybe you watch too much TV?

Apart from breakfast and lunchtime news, we tend to watch from around 8pm to 10/10.30pm if home. But in that time Fred, Gordon, Gino and the Wee Bald Guy make up around 80% of programming as far as I can see. Maybe we just watch different channels
 
Its interesting that TV is now almost only available at 2 extremes - some seriously good, mainly Scandic (but some good stuff from other countries e.g. the current series of Fargo), police/crime dramas and everything else that seems to be an advertising vehicle for whatever the hosting celebrity is also selling at the moment. And then there's all the 'reality' stuff.
I recorded series 4 of Fargo when it was on C4, and watched it yesterday and today. Thought it was excellent, and IMHO possibly the best Fargo yet.

Working from home for the last god knows how long has reintroduced me to Countdown as a lunch break diversion. Not sure about Anne Robinson as the new host (she's a bit abrasive), but currently she and a repeatedly winning contestant are flirting like mad all the time, and it's rather amusing. I don't think she's used to people standing up to her, particularly members of the public.
 
Our children have seen very little British TV. This isn’t meant to be some kind of virtuous post as they spend forever in front of screens. But they just haven’t ever really lived in the U.K.

But they adored the Gino, Gordon and Fred travel show. It was a little egotistical but educational enough also for me to give it a pass. They knew of Gordon a little from the American kitchen nightmares. But it’s clearly an attractive formula for ‘mass audiences’.
 
That's new: I am sure it was just a French chap and Oriental woman when I watched the first series years ago.
They're the judges Tom; Tom Allen (wee bald guy) and some other geezer are the presenters. You might argue that 4 non-competitors is over the top but without the presenters I'm not sure I'd be able to understand more than a couple of words of narrative in succession.

You might avail yourself of a pleasing BBC2 series Secrets of the (V&A) Museum which is refreshingly rent-a-face free; I mention this because one of the items featured was illustrated by Manuel Fawlty's "I learn Eeenglish...from a booook" clip; poor Manuel's English (accent) is far easier to follow than either Benoit or Cherish.
 
Apart from breakfast and lunchtime news, we tend to watch from around 8pm to 10/10.30pm if home. But in that time Fred, Gordon, Gino and the Wee Bald Guy make up around 80% of programming as far as I can see. Maybe we just watch different channels
PS I've managed to avoid Gramsay for about a decade now and had presumed him dead. You're deffo on the wrong channels :) . I'd also highly recommmend GB News but it'd be for the wrong reasons and probably in contravention of the forum rule.
 
Just started watching Jeremy Clarkson's latest adventure as he buys a farm and becomes a farmer. Its hilarious and he manages not to take himself too seriously while taking himself seriously. The sheep auction bit was brilliant. And if anyone managed to work out what the stane dyke builder said then good on you.
 
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