For anyone that lives in America and wants to watch some episodes of this show, you can watch it on Comcast Xfinity. I've watched all the ones on YouTube . so I was happy to see some on Comcast. Only problem is that Comcast is having trouble streaming it so you will probably need to call and complain about it like I did. The more complaints, the faster they'll try and fix it.
I'll be honest, I've never made a conscious effort to sit down and watch this show. However, if Channel 4 or More4 are airing one of their marathons, I'll probably accidently come across and enjoy a good hour or two of the show.
On the face of it, the show is essentially simple: 5 people attend each others dinner party each night in a week, they vote on each other's parties and the winner goes home with a cash prize. Fair enough. Except it rarely is that, instead you're more likely to see money hungry people who are convinced they can cook trying to cheat and scheme their way to the top. And that is what makes it so damn good!
Unfortunately, the viewer has to put up with the ridiculous sarcastic remarks of the show's narrator, Dave Lamb. At times some can be mildly ammusing, but at best they are really cheap gags. The type of jokes your Dad would tell and you and your friends would all cringe at.
All in all this is a very good way to waste half an hour, especially good from when you've just come in at the end of the day and all you want to do is flop on the couch and not think to much.
I am convinced that stupid people routinely apply to be on this show. Those that are convinced that plying their guests with alcohol with lead to higher marks, those who deliberately attempt to score low (inevitably, as another reviewer said, this tends to be the women), and those who are convinced that they are the greatest thing ever and come across as the most vile and reprehensible creatures known to man.
With that being said, I absolutely love this show. The narration is hilarious, the banter between contestants and occasionally a good fight make it compulsive viewing. I really couldn't care about the food - it's the interaction that's so good to watch.
The only exception is the celebrity editions: these tend to be filled by Z-list personalities, intent on talking over each other and (apparently) not even filming in their own houses on occasion. For that reason, I give Come Dine a 9.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is a food show. Sure, there is some cooking going on and you may get the odd tip about bread baking or something but that's not what the show is really about.
It's basically a more grown up version of Big Brother, for older, normal people who really should no better. The best bits of Big Brother are where they are made to compete against each other or when they are given loads of booze and get drunk. That is what happens on come dine with me in every show, at the same time. To finish it off you get to see people rummaging through each other's houses, occasionally finding something amusing.
As such, the show is incredibly dependent on the quality of the contestants however, so it can be a little hit and miss, but there is usually something worth watching every week.
It's a great show to watch with your girlfriend/wife/partner, but be warned, you'll probably end up arguing over who's the most annoying or who is cheating the most. One of the other problems with the show is that it's really not that hard to cheat. Just mark your competition with 4s and 5s out of 10, maybe even lower if you can and you're bound to win. Oddly, it seems to be mostly women who lower themselves to this tactic and the group occasionally sense what they are up to, which can be fun.
The show is at it's best when the odd couple groupings pay off and the group all get along when you least expect it, or theirs only 1 grumpy miserable contestant who alienated them self from the group. Even better, when there is one particulalrly cocky contestant who boasts about how great their cookery is. only to make a complete mess of their evening.
There are people who you sympathise with, people you you will hate, people who are like that annoying person in your office that you have been trying to explain to your significant other just why they annoy you so much and you will point this out them and they still won';t understand what your problem is.
In short, it's a great show, and I love it. The 30 min shows are the best. The hour long shows don't show enough of what's going on or let you see them going through each other's houses, but that format works well for the celebrity versions as you know who they are and it's enough just to see the dining part.
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