Delicious (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Written by Dan Sefton
Directed by
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s)
  • Phillippa Giles
  • Anna Ferguson
Production location(s) Cornwall, England
Production company(s) Bandit Television[1]
Distributor Endemol Shine International[1]
Original network Sky 1
Original release 30 December 2016 (2016-12-30) – present
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Delicious is a British television drama series that premiered on Sky 1 on 30 December 2016.[2] Written by Dan Sefton and directed by Clare Kilner and John Hardwick,[3] the four-part first series aired on Sky 1 from December 2016 to January 2017. Sky renewed the show for a second series in February 2017.[1] The second series aired on Sky 1 from Friday, 29 December 2017. On 13 February 2018, it was announced that Delicious had been renewed for a third season.[4]

The series is predominantly filmed in South East Cornwall with Pentillie Castle[5] featuring as Leo's Penrose Hotel. While many of the exterior shots are filmed at Pentillie Castle, the interiors can be found at a number of other country houses including Port Eliot and Boconnoc.


The series is set in Cornwall, England, where celebrity chef Leo is married to the beautiful Sam and has a successful hotel business.[2] However, he is having an affair with his first wife Gina, a talented cook from whom he stole many of his recipes and cheated on for years.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Dawn French as Gina Benelli, Leo's ex-wife[6]
  • Emilia Fox as Sam Vincent, Leo's wife[6]
  • Tanya Reynolds as Teresa Benelli, Leo and Gina's daughter
  • Ruairi O'Connor as Michael Vincent, Leo and Sam's son
  • Iain Glen as Leo Vincent, a celebrity chef[6]
  • Sheila Hancock as Mimi Vincent, Leo's mother[6]
  • Risteárd Cooper as James Harley, Gina's ex and Teresa's biological father
  • Franco Nero as Joe Benelli, Gina's estranged father
  • Aaron Anthony as Adam Hasketh, Gina’s protege and Leo’s biological son


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [7]
11"Episode 1"Clare KilnerDan Sefton30 December 2016 (2016-12-30)1.22
22"Episode 2"Clare KilnerDan Sefton6 January 2017 (2017-01-06)1.81
33"Episode 3"John HardwickDan Sefton13 January 2017 (2017-01-13)2.00
44"Episode 4"John HardwickDan Sefton20 January 2017 (2017-01-20)1.79


The series is filmed in Cornwall and features the Pentillie Castle as the "Penrose Hotel" run by Leo.[8]

International broadcast[edit]

In Australia, Delicious premiered on ABC Television in May 2017.[9] In Sweden on SVT1 in January 2018 and in the Netherlands on NPO 1 in July 2018 .


Critical response[edit]

The series has garnered mixed reviews. The Sydney Morning Herald's Bridget McManus gave the first episode four stars out of four and praised French's performance.[9] The Radio Times' Ben Dowell commented positively on the series, saying that it has "offered a visual feast but it’s the sure-footed storytelling and strong central performances that has got me hooked."[10]

On the other hand, The Daily Telegraph's Ed Power gave the first episode two stars out of five, saying that: "The awkward blend of soapy escapism and dark comedy left a funny taste, with mismatched performances adding to the queasiness."[6]


The first season of Delicious had an average audience of 1.87 million, making it the most watched Sky 1 original drama in 2016.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Mitchell, Robert (9 February 2017). "Sky 1 Gets More 'Delicious,' Announces New Original Productions". Variety. 
  2. ^ a b Dowell, Ben (2 December 2016). "Ten TV shows to watch in December". BBC. 
  3. ^ "Sky 1 drama Delicious adds over a million viewers to episode one". 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Dowell, Ben. "Dawn French and Emilia Fox to return for another Delicious series on Sky 1". Radio Times. 
  5. ^ "Is the Penrose Hotel really Pentillie Castle, Cornwall?". Pentillie Castle & Estate. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Power, Ed (30 December 2016). "Dawn French's new culinary comedy Delicious fails the taste test – review". The Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  8. ^ Dodd, Rachael (28 December 2016). "Dawn French's new TV show Delicious was filmed just over the water". The Herald. 
  9. ^ a b McManus, Bridget (21 May 2017). "Barely recognisable Dawn French as forceful as ever in Delicious". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  10. ^ Dowell, Ben (16 June 2017). "Dawn French and Iain Glen drama Delicious ends episode one with a stunning twist". Radio Times. 

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