Something for the Weekend (2000s BBC TV series)

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For the 1999 Channel 4 gameshow presented by Denise van Outen, see Something for the Weekend (Channel 4 TV series).
Something for the Weekend
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Something for the Weekend title card
Genre Cookery, talk
Presented by Tim Lovejoy (2006-2012)
Louise Redknapp (2010-2012)
Simon Rimmer (2006-2012)
Amanda Hamilton (2006-2009)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Princess Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Picture format 720x576 16:9
Original run 8 October 2006 (2006-10-08) – 18 March 2012 (2012-03-18)
Chronology
Related shows Sunday Brunch
External links
Website


Something for the Weekend was a British television series, broadcast on BBC Two on Sunday mornings. It featured cookery, drinks, interviews with celebrity guests and clips from the week's television, as well as classic clips in the 'Deja View' section. The show was presented by Amanda Hamilton (2006-2009), Tim Lovejoy, Louise Redknapp (2010-2012) and Simon Rimmer. The BBC axed the show in 2012, and Lovejoy and Rimmer moved to Channel 4 to front Sunday Brunch with a similar format.

Format[edit]

The programme was regularly presented by Amanda Hamilton (2006-2009), Tim Lovejoy, Louise Redknapp (2010-2012) and chef Simon Rimmer. A guest presenter is used if one of the main presenters was away. When Amanda Hamilton took maternity leave in 2009, her slot was filled by guest presenters including Jenni Falconer, Kellie Shirley and Louise Redknapp. Also in 2009, when Rimmer was forced to take time off due to a leg injury, his role was taken by chefs such as James Tanner.

Each programme usually followed the same format and featured Rimmer (assisted by either Hamilton, Lovejoy, Redknapp and for two of the segments by one of the celebrity guests) cooking a three course meal and a 'lazy brunch' dish, two guest interviews, clips from television programmes shown that week (usually from BBC series), a 'Deja View' clip of an old programme where the presenters and guests guess the year it was first broadcast, a drinks segment with a mixologist (usually either Andy Pearson or Wayne Collins), and a gadget round-up segment called 'Some Things for the Weekend'.

At the end of the show, the presenters and guests sat at a round table and each have a dish that has been cooked in the show. Lovejoy asked the guests questions posed by the public via text and email. The show was recorded in Princess Productions' TV facility at the Whiteleys Centre in Bayswater, London which is also home to Channel 5's weekday programmes, The Wright Stuff

Cancellation and move to Channel 4[edit]

Although the show was very successful ratings wise and popular with audiences, in January 2012 it was announced that it would not return after March 2012 due to budget cuts in original daytime programming.[1]

A month later in February 2012, it was announced that Channel 4 had signed new deals with the same production team as well as Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer to launch an almost identical show on the channel, Sunday Brunch.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'Something for the Weekend' axed by BBC Two, Digital Spy article accessed 12 March 2012.
  2. ^ Time for Sunday Brunch as Something for the Weekend moves to Channel 4, Media Guardian article accessed 12 March 2012.

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