Delicious (TV series)
|Written by||Dan Sefton|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Production location(s)||Cornwall, England|
|Production company(s)||Bandit Television|
|Distributor||Endemol Shine International|
|Original network||Sky 1|
|Original release||30 December 2016– present|
Delicious is a British television drama series that premiered on Sky 1 on 30 December 2016. Written by Dan Sefton and directed by Clare Kilner and John Hardwick, 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. 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.
The series is predominantly filmed in South East Cornwall with Pentillie Castle 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. 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.
Cast and characters
- Dawn French as Gina Benelli, Leo's ex-wife
- Emilia Fox as Sam Vincent, Leo's wife
- 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
- Sheila Hancock as Mimi Vincent, Leo's mother
- 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
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||UK viewers|
|1||1||"Episode 1"||Clare Kilner||Dan Sefton||30 December 2016||1.22|
|2||2||"Episode 2"||Clare Kilner||Dan Sefton||6 January 2017||1.81|
|3||3||"Episode 3"||John Hardwick||Dan Sefton||13 January 2017||2.00|
|4||4||"Episode 4"||John Hardwick||Dan Sefton||20 January 2017||1.79|
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. 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."
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."
The first season of Delicious had an average audience of 1.87 million, making it the most watched Sky 1 original drama in 2016.
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- McManus, Bridget (21 May 2017). "Barely recognisable Dawn French as forceful as ever in Delicious". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Dowell, Ben (16 June 2017). "Dawn French and Iain Glen drama Delicious ends episode one with a stunning twist". Radio Times.