Two Fat Ladies

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Two Fat Ladies
Format Cooking
Starring Clarissa Dickson Wright
Jennifer Paterson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC2
Original run 9 October 1996 – 28 September 1999

Two Fat Ladies is a BBC Two television cooking programme starring Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson. It originally ran for four series, from 1996 to 1999. The show was produced in syndication by the BBC and has also appeared on the Food Network and Cooking Channel in the U.S. and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia.

Programme[edit]

The show centred on Clarissa Dickson Wright and Jennifer Paterson, travelling the United Kingdom for most of the episodes, except for one episode in Ireland and a Christmas special in Jamaica, on a Triumph Thunderbird motorbike driven by Paterson. It sported the registration N88 TFL (the British bingo call for number 88 is "Two Fat Ladies") and had a Watsonian GP-700 "doublewide" sidecar where Dickson Wright rode. They travelled to various destinations, such as an army garrison or an all-girls school, where they prepared large meals, often with unusual ingredients.

Paterson's uncle, Anthony Bartlett, was Gentiluomo to the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and so some episodes were videotaped at Westminster Cathedral and an Irish convent. While cooking at Westminster Cathedral, Paterson cooked an original dish, Peaches Cardinal Hume.[1] In the same episode, Dickson Wright demonstrated a bubble and squeak recipe[2] which used two ounces of lard, which she insisted is the only fat besides beef dripping that could ever get hot enough to produce the recipe as it should be produced. Similarly, her recipe for buttered spatchcock saw chickens covered with a thick layer of butter, bread and more butter on top of the bread. Recipes such as this led to criticism by some who considered them to be a bad influence on the British diet.[3]

Theme song[edit]

Paterson and Dickson Wright sang their own theme song, and Paterson often burst into song during the show, once introducing Apple Pan Dowdy with a verse from a song by The Andrews Sisters. They revelled in cooking at grand locations, as at Lennoxlove House.[citation needed]

Personal lives[edit]

Both Paterson and Dickson Wright affected unconcern with fat or calories. Paterson also smoked heavily and, at one point, took the opportunity to go out for a cigarette while a dish cooked in the oven. Most episodes ended with her smoking a cigarette and drinking an alcoholic drink. Several times references were made to the fact that Dickson Wright, a recovering alcoholic, no longer drank any alcoholic beverages.[citation needed]

Paterson died of cancer on 10 August 1999, one month after diagnosis. The day before she died, she asked Dickson Wright to bring her a tin of caviar but when Dickson Wright arrived at the hospital, Paterson had already died. Dickson Wright said that after Paterson's funeral, she ate the caviar as a tribute to her friend.[4] Dickson Wright died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 15 March 2014.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The show was parodied on Royal Canadian Air Farce as "One Fat Lady" with the late John Morgan as Dickson Wright making a fatty and sugary treat consisting of goose fat, greasy animal lard, a packet of Sugar Twin (if you're watching your figure like she is) and blackstrap molasses.

Cookbooks[edit]

"The Two Fat Ladies" produced four cookbooks which accompanied each of the four television series. In order: Two Fat Ladies: Gastronomic Adventures (with Motorbike and Sidecar), The Two Fat Ladies Ride Again, The Two Fat Ladies: Full Throttle and Two Fat Ladies Obsessions.[7]

DVD release[edit]

The Two Fat Ladies DVD set was released in the United States in July 2008. The Acorn Media UK set includes a 40-minute BBC tribute to Paterson, biographies of the stars and "six yummo recipes" in a booklet. It contains all 24 episodes across four discs. The show had previously been released in Britain as a Region 2 DVD set.[8]

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode Title Location Clarissa's Dishes Jennifer's Dishes Air Date
1 Fish & Shellfish The Shark's Fin Hotel
Mevagissey, Cornwall
  • Crab, corn & coriander fritter
  • Gigot of monkfish rosemarin with anchovies
9 October 1996
2 Meat Westonbirt School
Gloucestershire
  • Beef à la Will Moreland
  • Chicken breasts with walnut aillade
  • Roast "Hedgehog" (meatloaf)
  • A.N.'s slow shoulder of lamb
16 October 1996
3 Fruit & Vegetables Westminster Cathedral
London
23 October 1996
4 Cakes Hallaton, Leicestershire 30 October 1996
5 Game Lennoxlove House
East Lothian
  • Rabbit with anchovies and capers
  • Medallions of venison with blackberries
6 November 1996
6 Food in the Wild Hawkhirst Scout Camp
Kielder Forest, Northumberland
  • Muttachar (spiced eggs)
  • Onion soup with Stilton
  • Trout from the Luau
  • Shooter's sandwich
  • Frittata with tomatoes, onions & basil
13 November 1996

Series 2[edit]

Episode Title Location Clarissa's Dishes Jennifer's Dishes Air Date
1 Cocktail Party The Brazilian Embassy
Mayfair, London
  • Blini (with sour cream and caviar)
  • Prawns in mackintoshes (Gambas in gabardinas)
  • Brazilian bean fritters (Acaraje)
  • Portuguese cod cakes (Bolinhos de bacalhau)
  • Devils on horseback
29 September 1997
2 Lunch Vintage motorcycle rally
Hesket, New Market Cumbria
  • Loin of pork stuffed with cèpes or truffles
  • Chantal's stuffed tomatoes
6 October 1997
3 Picnic Male choir in
Llandudno
  • Welsh lamb pie
  • Mitton of pork
13 October 1997
4 Afternoon Tea A cricket match
Warborough, Oxfordshire
  • Queen Alexandra's favourite sandwiches
  • Rigo Jancsi's chocolate slices
  • Gentleman's savoury delights (shortcrust)
  • Fresh fruit tartlets
20 October 1997
5 Breakfast Black Sheep Brewery
Masham, North Yorkshire
  • Devilled kidneys
  • Kedgeree
  • Jugged kippers
27 October 1997
6 Dinner 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles
Aldershot, Queen Elizabeth barracks, Church Crookham
  • Turbot with watercress and pickled walnuts
  • Beef with chestnuts, pears and almonds
  • Coq au vin
  • Stuffed quail with white wine
3 November 1997
Special Christmas Winchester Cathedral Choir
The Pilgrims' School, Winchester Hampshire
  • Swedish red cabbage
  • Christmas pudding ice cream bombe
  • Mousse of the egg
  • Roast goose with pate and prune stuffing
24 December 1997

Series 3[edit]

Episode Title Location Clarissa's Dishes Jennifer's Dishes Air Date
1 Benedictine Nuns Kylemore Abbey
Connemara, Ireland
  • Broad beans with dill
  • Tomato tartlets
  • Lobster and mayonnaise
  • Raspberry and strawberry shortcake
2 September 1998
2 Pony Club The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire 9 September 1998
3 The Cambridge Eight Boat club
Cambridge University
  • Peas with lettuce
  • Cheese and honey pie
16 September 1998
4 Barristers at Lincoln's Inn London
  • Beef in pastry
  • Strawberry Breasts
23 September 1998
5 The Air Race East Fortune Airfield, Scotland
  • Roasted salmon with scallops in a mustard butter sauce
  • Red peppers stuffed with aubergine purée
30 September 1998
6 Lock Keepers Grindley Brook, Shropshire
  • Burnett's Woodcock
  • Quercyan apple cake
7 October 1998
Special A Caribbean Christmas Chukka Cove Polo Club
Good Hope Country House, Jamaica
  • Rice and peas
  • Jerked suckling pig
  • Pumpkin Soup
  • Spiced bun
  • Rum Punch
22 December 1998

Series 4[edit]

Episode Title Location Clarissa's Dishes Jennifer's Dishes Air Date
1 Potatoes Galore Jersey
  • Portuguese fish stew
  • Chocolate Pye
  • Boeuf Stroganoff
  • Crème Pierre le Grand (chicken soup)
7 September 1999
2 On Safari Knowsley Safari Park
Lancashire
  • Devilled Poussin
  • Chillis stuffed with goat cheese, and tomato salsa
  • Lamb in filo pastry
  • Apple pandowdy
14 September 1999
3 Timber! Ardnamurchan peninsula
  • Watercress mousse
  • Trout baked in sea salt with beurre blanc sauce
  • Poule au pot
  • Grilled peaches and cream
21 September 1999
4 A Day at the Races Floors Castle, Kelso
St. Abbs, Northumberland
  • Green beans with Roman mustard
  • Barmbrack with rhubarb
  • Hot buttered crab
  • Stuffed baked codfish with a tomato sauce
28 September 1999
  • Production of Series 4 was cut short by the death of Jennifer Paterson shortly after completion of the fourth episode.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Healthy Recipes". Completerecipes.com. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "BUBBLE AND SQUEAK (Two Fat Ladies)". RecipeSource. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Clarissa Dickson Wright: 'They don't call me Krakatoa for nothing'". Telegraph. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "UK | Two Fat Ladies star dies". BBC News. 10 August 1999. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "BBC News - TV cook Clarissa Dickson Wright dies". Bbc.co.uk. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "SNL Transcripts: Brendan Fraser: 02/13/99". Snltranscripts.jt.org. 13 February 1999. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_11?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=two%20fat%20ladies&sprefix=two+fat+lad%2Caps%2C349
  8. ^ "New DVDs: 'Two Fat Ladies,' in full - DVD Spin Doctor". Dvdspindoctor.typepad.com. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2014. 

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