|Presented by||Mel Giedroyc
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Princess Productions|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||24 March 1997 – 27 February 1998|
Light Lunch was a Channel 4 lunch-time comedy chatshow broadcast on weekdays at 12:30 between March 1997 and February 1998. It starred Mel and Sue (Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc). The show was a huge success initially but audience figures declined slowly eventually resulting in low viewer figures and was deemed "unsatisfactory" by Channel 4.
The show was structured around the making and eating of a luncheon. The main part of the meal would be prepared by a guest chef, with either Mel or Sue talking to the chef during the demonstration. Once the meal was ready, it was eaten by Mel, Sue and two celebrity guests, during which an interview would take place. In the final part of the programme, a third celebrity guest brought in dessert, and a further period of interviewing would occur on the settee, which would include phone-in questions from viewers. The studio audience were also expected to bring in their own lunch to eat during the show, and were each given £3 to cover the cost of this. They were encouraged to bring in unusual food, their own creations, or food in some way relating to that day's celebrity guest, and the most creative ideas would be shown on camera.
As a result of declining viewing figures and because of a general change in viewer demographics in the UK, Light Lunch was moved to a 6pm time slot in March 1998 and rebranded as Late Lunch. It ran in that slot for nearly a year.
The show's house band (introduced individually as "Steve, Matt, Dylan and Dan" and collectively by numerous different names, mostly food puns) included Dylan Howe on drums.
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