Food and Drink

Food and Drink is a British television series on BBC Two. First broadcast between 1982 and 2002, it was the first national television programme in the UK to cover the subject of food and drink without cookery and recipe demonstrations.

Food and Drink
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series23 (original)
3 (revival)
No. of episodes371 (original)
27 (revival)
Running time30 minutes
Production companyBazal Productions (now Remarkable Television)
DistributorEndemol UK
Original networkBBC Two
Picture format4:3 (original)
16:9 (revival)
Original release6 July 1982 (1982-07-06) –
13 April 2015 (2015-04-13)


The first series was presented by Simon Bates and Gillian Miles, and introduced Jilly Goolden in her first regular television appearances as the programme's wine expert.

Russell Harty presented filmed location reports from exceptional restaurants around Britain. This series featured the innovative idea of a small contributing audience of 20 people who were called "tasters and testers". The first series broadcast in the summer months but drew an average audience of 1.5 million a week, a high rating for BBC Two in the summer in the 1980s.

Later series were presented by Chris Kelly and chef Michael Barry with wine experts Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke.

A spin-off panel game, Food and Drink Summer Quiz, aired during the main show's summer break in 1987.


Food and Drink returned to BBC Two on 4 February 2013 stylized as Food & Drink, but shown on TV as food & drink, co-hosted by Michel Roux Jr and Kate Goodman.[1] A Christmas special aired on 18 December 2013, followed by a second series in early 2014.

A third series was broadcast in 2015. Michel Roux Jr was replaced by Tom Kerridge as main presenter whilst Kate Goodman was replaced by Joe Wadsack.



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