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Jul 14, 2010 02:06 PM

"Come Dine With Me" Fever!!!!!

Anyone watching this show? It's on BBC America now but I hear they're doing an American version. I can't tell you how excited I am. In determined search for fellow foodie fans of the show!!!

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  1. I was wondering how long it would take to come to America-- if ever. I live in the UK, but I'm entirely addicted. Even better, they would strip these on Sunday (show an entire week's worth) which was perfect for the quiet afternoon/hangover recuperation.

    But I reckon they only show the hour-long ones on BBC-America. (But I want to grouse for a moment because this is a Channel 4 programme, and having it associated with BBC seems a usurpation of branding.)

    But yes, you have a fellow fanatic!

    1. Can you describe what the show's about and when it's on BBC-A?

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        Hey Linda- The show is an entertaining competition of sorts...Four contestants per episode, each one prepares dinner and usually some sort of entertainment for the other three contestants and at the end of the evening, the host is judged on food, ambience, hospitality. The contestant with the most points wins a cash prize. It's pretty fabulous seeing four very different types of people get together and dish- plus the food is usually something out of the ordinary. I believe it's on Thursday nights at ten. Check it out and let me know what you think!!

        1. re: coco99

          Interesting - sounds like the show where 4 women go to each other's weddings to rate the dress, the party, the food.

          Hmmm....I'll make a note to find it to see if I'd like it.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Yeah - they're both British originally. It's "Four Weddings" you're thinking of.

            I hadn't heard they were doing an American version of CDWM. It'll probably be like the American Wifeswap - only the craziest and most anti-social people will be cast.

        2. re: LindaWhit

          This has already been done in the US--trying to remember the name (and kicking myself I forgot to Tivo it); five something something--a bunch of strangers meet and each host a party and the one who wins gets $1000 or so.

          1. re: kleine mocha

            It is a lot like Four Weddings actually, but not quite as much of a comittment, it's just dinner, you don't have to throw a wedding or anything...@kleine, I wonder what the US version was called because I've heard great things about the version they're doing here, I think BBC America is producing it and they're starting in NYC, what better place to have a hostess with the mostess show-down?!!

            1. re: coco99

              It was Dinner Takes All on TLC.

              According to IMDB it was on in 2006.

              1. re: Sooeygun

                Cool, I never heard of it but I'll have to check it out on hulu. I wonder how different the BBC version is.....

                1. re: Sooeygun

                  I saw a re-run of the BBC show yesterday and thought it looked exactly like a show I remember seeing a few years ago. Thanks for putting a name to my memory. Glad to see it back again. I think it's a hoot.


                  1. re: Gio

                    How do you think the American version shot in New York City will compare? Personally I think it's going to be scandalous, but in a good way. Any fellow New Yorkers as excited as I am?!!

            2. re: LindaWhit

              This show has been on Channel 4 in the UK for some time (presumably they have sold it to the BBC for overseas rights). The basic format is 4 (in earlier shows, 5) people each host a dinner party on consecutive nights. The other diners then score the experience. Winner at the end of the week wins £1000.

              The earlier shows were much better than more recent, IMO. This was because the focus was much more on the food. Recent series have gone down the route of other "reality" type shows - where folk have been put together so that there is guaranteed conflict. You can all but guarantee that, in each episode, there will be a "character" - someone who thinks they are a great cook but aren't or someone very posh, or, alternatively, someone who thinks Pizza Hut is great cuisine, or the stereotypically "camp" gay man.

              1. re: Harters

                I just watched the one on BBC-America last night. Looks to be fun to watch, but this one was definitely a recent version - we had the guy who said women can't cook, the posh Filipino woman who buys Prada handbags, the psychic, and a strong woman (perhaps lesbian) who runs a company of a few hundred people. And of course, there *was* conflict between rather Obnoxious Mark, the solo male in the group, and the woman (can't recall her name) who was the psychic (supposedly).

                I was glad to see Mark lose to the businesswoman who made moussaka, despite him saying that men are better cooks.

                The Filipino woman was just completely bonkers....the amount of curry paste she dumped into her curry was astonishing - it looked to be 2-3 cups worth! She didn't seem to have a clue how to cook!

                I suspect that the American version will be the drama type of show. Disappointing, as I rather like the initial premise of the show - WITHOUT the drama.

                1. re: LindaWhit


                  I think this must be the episode you watched:

                  It's from Series 4. We're on Series 10 right now. For me the best bit is the increasingly "over the top" commentary.

                  1. re: Harters

                    Swindon - YES! And whoever is doing the commentary is hysterical - LOVED when Annette was guessing what the other diners gave her for their score. She got the first one and he said "Maybe she *is* psychic!", but then missed on the other two scores, and he said "maybe not psychic" and "definitel not psychic!" after both of those guesses.

                    Love the dry sense of humor. :-)

                    Wow - Series 10 already - but very varied on the number of shows per season...started off with 4 in Season 1, but 24 in Season 4, and then they shorten again and only 2 shows for Season 8, but back up to 11 shows for Season 9.

                    I do like seeing the recipes there as well. I see they have a "Play and Catch Up" for Series 1-5, but of course, not available for us in the U.S.

                  2. re: LindaWhit

                    Hey Linda- I was worried the American version would be all drama and no substance but I understand BBC is producing the version here and shooting it in some great NYC apartments which I won't mind getting a peek at, in addition to what they end up cooking...Any fellow New Yorkers as excited as I am about Come Dine With Me heading to the States...? I can't be the only one. Can I?

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      The Indian lady in the episode last night made her look tame.

                      1. re: lenwood

                        I completely forgot about it again! I'll have try and remember yet again.

                2. CDWM is brilliant and very addictive. It's probably more about the people than the food, these days.

                  1. I love this show. They air it here in Canada on Sunday afternoons (they show an entire week's worth in one big delightful tv block)

                    I see the W network calling for interested Canadians who want to participate in filming the canuck version. Can't wait.

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                    1. re: jennc

                      There is something curiously compelling about the show. I've watched it on W as well. I'm amazed at how odd some of the 'entertainment' is at some of the dinners. On the other hand, it would be really hard to make a dinner for 4 people you don't even know.

                      A friend of a friend has apparently been accepted to be on the Canadian version. He's not my favourite person and as my husband said, this guy will be the weird fat character on the show. Should be interesting to see.

                    2. I am really into this one too, but the one I watched today had all four contestants cooking within the show, whereas previous had a 1/2 hour show per contestant... I think. I liked the longer version.

                      Not sure I want to see a North American version though...