The Big Food Fight

8:00pm Tuesday, January 24 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Big Food Fight is an entertaining, and funny food quiz with knowledge and takeaway content at its core. Hosted and refereed by comedian Sue Perkins, whose well-established food and comedy credentials make her the ideal host to keep things moving along with humour and wit. In each episode, a well known chef takes the role of team-captain, challenging resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who the real super-foodie is. Genuine knowledge and skills will be put to the test – the show is unashamedly about which team knows the most, but viewers will be able to test their own knowledge too. Tonight’s guest captain is Heston Blumenthal.

8:00pm Tuesday, January 17 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Big Food Fight is an entertaining, and funny food quiz with knowledge and takeaway content at its core. Hosted and refereed by comedian Sue Perkins, whose well-established food and comedy credentials make her the ideal host to keep things moving along with humour and wit. In each episode, a well known chef takes the role of team-captain, challengin g resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who the real super-foodie is. Every week, the captains will invite a celebrity guest to join their team – not necessarily an expert, but someone who has an interest in or a food connection. Genuine knowledge and skills will be put to the test – the show is unashamedly about which team knows the most, but viewers will be able to test their own knowledge too. Tonight’s guest captain is Allegra McEvedy of Economy Gastronomy.

8:05pm Tuesday, January 10 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Big Food Fight is an entertaining, and funny food quiz with knowledge and takeaway content at its core. Hosted and refereed by comedian Sue Perkins, whose well-established food and comedy credentials make her the ideal host to keep things moving along with humour and wit. In each episode, a well known chef takes the role of team-captain, challenging resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who the real super-foodie is. Every week, the captains will invite a celebrity guest to join their team – not necessarily an expert, but someone who has an interest in or a food connection. Genuine knowledge and skills will be put to the test – the show is unashamedly about which team knows the most, but viewers will be able to test their own knowledge too.

8:05pm Tuesday, January 3 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Big Food Fight is an entertaining, and funny food quiz with knowledge and takeaway content at its core. Hosted and refereed by comedian Sue Perkins, whose well-established food and comedy credentials make her the ideal host to keep things moving along with humour and wit. In each episode, a well known chef takes the role of team-captain, challenging resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who the real super-foodie is. Every week, the captains will invite a celebrity guest to join their team – not necessarily an expert, but someone who has an interest in or a food connection. Genuine knowledge and skills will be put to the test – the show is unashamedly about which team knows the most, but viewers will be able to test their own knowledge too. Tonight’s guest captain is Heston Blumenthal.

8:00pm Tuesday, December 27 on Prime

Lifestyle Series

The Big Food Fight is an entertaining, and funny food quiz with knowledge and takeaway content at its core. Hosted and refereed by comedian Sue Perkins, whose well-established food and comedy credentials make her the ideal host to keep things moving along with humour and wit (and that’ll be clever wit not puerile). In each episode, a well known chef takes the role of team-captain, challenging resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who the real super-foodie is. Every week, the captains will invite a celebrity guest to join their team – not necessarily an expert, but someone who has an interest in or a food connection. Genuine knowledge and skills will be put to the test – the show is unashamedly about which team knows the most, but viewers will be able to test their own knowledge too.

FOOD TELEVISION – Sundays from 5 June, 8pm

It’s a gastronomic and gladiatorial quiz battle covering everything from cooking to shopping, and growing to eating. A well known food personality takes the role of team-captain, challenging resident captain Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in a bid to discover who knows the most about all things edible. Hugh and his rival are flanked by celebrity guests with a passion for food who must prove their knowledge through an original recipe of quick-fire questions, blind tastings with a twist, physical rounds and a range of other challenges. The host reveals a number of surprising food facts as well as awarding the much fought-over points.

Prime’s 2011 season launch includes more from their steady accumulation of programming assets that has helped the channel to successive years of 30%+ growth and unlike TV2, there are new local shows on the cards.  You probably won’t be seeing much of that NZ On Air logo at the ends of their credits either.

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Strikeback

Cops LAC

Killing Time

Running Wilde

Phoneshop

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Life – David Attenborough

How Earth Made Us

Blitz Street

Boardwalk Empire

Going Postal

The Storm

The Kennedys

Heart and Soul

 

Last Chance to See: White Rhino

Electric Dreams

Monty Halls’ Great Island Escape

Nazi Hunters 

Country House Rescue

River Cottage Everyday

Junior Masterchef Australia

Rick Stein: Food for the Italian Opera

The Big Food Fight

Three Hungry Boys

Top Gear USA

Rev

New Local Shows
The Grand Tour – Jeremy Wells
Shocking Reminder – Christchurch Earthquake
Shearing Gangs 

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Sea Patrol
Stargate Universe
Doctor Who
Miss Marple
Lewis
True Blood
Being Human
Weeds 
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Midsomer Murders 
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Top Gear
Top Gear Australia 
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Secret Millionaire
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The Crowd Goes Wild
Deal or No Deal
Antiques Roadshow
Man vs Wild
Bondi Vet
Bondi Rescue
America’s Got Talent
Australia’s Got Talent
Q.I.
Rugby: Internationals/Super 15/ ITM Cup
Rugby League
Cricket

Tuesday 30 September, 9.30pm

The Big Food Fight: Hugh’s Chicken Run sees Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explore intensive chicken farming. This three-part series takes the British celebrity chef on a journey far from the cosy lifestyle of River Cottage and into the harrowing conditions of running his own modern poultry production line.

Fearnley-Whittingstall plans to kickstart a chicken revolution in the UK. He wants to replace the cheap chickens sold by supermarkets, at less than a price of a pint of beer, for ethically reared free-range chicken.

But can the well-meaning plan of a celebrity chef survive the sceptical locals and the interests of the big supermarkets? How will ordinary people respond to lectures on animal welfare from the posh bloke off the telly? And what happens when the rumour goes around town that Fearnley-Whittingstall is only raising awareness to boost sales of chicken in his own shop?

Tuesday 23 September, 9.30pm

The British diet is at an all-time low and the country is regarded as the fattest nation in Europe. Despite ‘never having it so good’, Britain’s diet was actually healthier back in the days of World War II rationing.

Overdue for some extreme diet therapy, The Big Food Fight: The Diet That Time Forgot (tonight at 9.30pm on TV ONE) sees four junk food addicts go back in time to swap diets with a community whose eating rituals date back thousands of years.

They will head out to Northern Pakistan to spend a month living with the Shimshal people, a remote herding community whose diet – free from additives, saturated fats and sugar-laden treats – is recognised by nutritional experts as one of the healthiest in the world.

The British volunteers include a good-time, single girl whose entire diet centres around what she can buy in a tin; a plus-size model who wants to get to the bottom of why she comfort eats; a young father of two who opts for fast-food; and a salesman who blames his poor diet of takeaways and chocolate cake on long working hours.

The four will go ‘cold turkey’ as they swap chicken nuggets for goat; pizzas for super lean yak; and tinned ravioli for apricot soup. It’s a nutritionally balanced, optimal diet which has resulted in locals living to a ripe old age, free from obesity related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer; but for these Brits – who fail to consume five fruit and veg a month, let alone a day – the diet will be tasteless, monotonous and downright unpalatable.

Exercise also becomes part and parcel of daily life – fetching firewood; carrying water; working in the fields; and herding yak. At the beginning and end of the experiment, the volunteers undergo extensive medical tests to measure body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels, liver function, heart rate and overall fitness levels.

In return, the tribe will sample the unhealthy staples of the great British diet, from spaghetti hoops and chicken tikka masala, to a full English breakfast, to reveal the chemical and nutritional make-up of our food, and the damage it can inflict upon our bodies and our health.

See if these fast-food junkies will be able to stick to the ancient diet, and if the experience will provide the wake-up call they need to change their eating habits once and for all, on The Big Food Fight: The Diet That Time Forgot.

Tuesday 16 September, 9.30pm

Tonight, on The Big Food Fight: Animal Pharm, see how genetic engineering, cloning and stem cell research are revolutionising the world (at 9.30pm on TV ONE). Every day the boundaries of understanding are being pushed back, and science fiction is becoming science fact.

Hosts Giles Coren and Olivia Judson continue to stand apart on what they think about the new sciences. Biologist Judson is a strong supporter of genetic engineering – she wants to persuade viewers of the benefits it could bring to the world.
“To me, the more I understand about biology, the more amazing I think it is.” Surprised by how far the technology has advanced in recent years, Judson believes genetic engineering isn’t so much frightening as inspiring.

Food journalist Coren says understanding more about the diverse nature of new science has made him less scared, but he is still not convinced. “It’s not like I’m terribly worried about the kind of food it’s producing in that it might do something terrible to us, I just don’t think it’s necessary.”

Passionate about organic farming, Coren says, “As a food writer I really believe that farms ought to be left to do what they have always traditionally done best, which is to produce food. I really don’t like the idea of them being turned into factories to produce drugs and human organs.”

Part Two shows how genetic science is pushing back the frontiers of medicine. Viewers see a flock of sheep with humanised organs and a herd of cows with human immune systems, and meet the team who are growing human livers from that most miraculous of raw ingredients – stem cells.

This week The Big Food Fight: Animal Pharm also explores the prospect of regeneration, with mice that show powers no mammal was previously thought to have. As well as revealing an experiment involving thousands of animals, which could ensure that in the future all medicine is tailored to an individual’s genetic needs.