View Full Version : Why are TV and radio obsessed with foody programmes?

Shaggy Sheep Driver
6th Jan 2015, 15:45
Even Radio 4 is getting over-run by them, and TV has virtually given up everything but food programmes in mid-evening viewing. Why is this? Is it a form of 'food pornography'?

If pornography as we know it is mainly used by those who aren't getting the real thing, is this 'food pornography' on TV watched by a bunch of couch potatoes while eating a take-out pizza? Is it, like ordinary pornography, watching other people do it rather than participating oneself?

If not, what's the reason for it all?

6th Jan 2015, 15:53
I presume there cheap to make Shaggy, apart from the ingredients of course, but I did like to watch one a few years back the chap had a restaurant in Clifton and was always swigging wine, can't remember his name though.

Edit, just looked it up Keith Floyd.

6th Jan 2015, 15:55

I assume that the media are obsessed with foody programmes because they assume their audiences are obsessed with food.

I fail to understand the attraction of these 'Masterchef' type programmes, I particularly dislike the sycophantic fawning of the participants, the falseness, and the rudeness of some of the judges, in fact it's rather like the Apprentice but slightly less emetic.

6th Jan 2015, 15:59
Cheap to make and don't require any creativity, just like the Police programmes, airport programmes, and other rubbish that is produced on the cheap to fill lots of airtime. There's also Mr Kyle and his Mutants.

Shaggy Sheep Driver
6th Jan 2015, 16:01
Cheap to make, but that doesn't explain there popularity (apparently they get very high viewing figures).

6th Jan 2015, 16:02
It's Nigella and her lightly steamed dumplings, I tell you.

6th Jan 2015, 16:08
Probably because there's hardly anything else on!

Fat Magpie
6th Jan 2015, 16:16
Cheap as chips to make, filler TV

6th Jan 2015, 16:31
"They are cheap and easy to make,and have a morbid appeal to the idiots of society" NOT my words, but those of a neighbour of mine who "works" as a BBC program planner!

wings folded
6th Jan 2015, 16:45
What do we do in our daily lives?

Sleep - does not make for gripping television
Work - a bit tedious
Commute - not much of an audience
Bonk - not really approved for mainstream channels
Sit around posting inane messages on Pprune - not thrilling
Go in for toilet activities - would require a specialist channel
Cook food and eat it - ahhh!, That's why.

bugged on the right
6th Jan 2015, 16:46
You would think you would get some exotic haute cuisine when you went to friend's houses for dinner. No such luck generally. I don't think they take notice of what they are watching. I also see no point in the culinary combat programs. Same principle with the home decorating magazines. Wallpaper from the 60s, black shady patches along the bottoms of walls, ancient, dreadful furniture.

6th Jan 2015, 17:01
I dont remember you coming round to our house for dinner, bugged, but I suppose you must have been round at some stage ;)

bugged on the right
6th Jan 2015, 17:13
Mr Trashnav, that was me last Thursday, you may not have recognised me as I had just had a nose job.

6th Jan 2015, 17:27
I don't watch TV and I find all the food posts in TRAB extremely tedious.

Why does anyone think they're of interest?

6th Jan 2015, 18:08
Herr Crun Really, SLOPE? a racist comment if ever there was!!:E:E

6th Jan 2015, 18:52
I don't think there are really more foody programmes per channel, simply a vast increase in the number of channels. And there have always been food and cooking programmes throughout the development of TV, for the reasons suggested by others: cheapness, a middling public interest in things we're all familiar with and do ourselves to varying extents. And that never-ending human curiosity to see attractive people, ugly people, weirdos, swearers, eccentrics, drunks and nutters on screen doing cooking, or almost anything, really, as long as they're not boringly educational, worthy, or noticeably intellectual. It's a "moving, talking wallpaper" medium nowadays, and the real quality programmes shine out like rare gems in a mass of mediocrity.

wings folded
6th Jan 2015, 19:03
I suppose that some remember Fanny Craddock, and her Johnnie.

It's been around for yonks.

6th Jan 2015, 20:13
.....if you watch Simon Hopkinson for example. Speaks clearly, explains clearly and IT WORKS. Just like the blessed Delia. Raymond Blanc is also a very good explainer of basic facts as well as giving the occasional blinding examples of the fancier stuff.

I watch because I enjoy cooking and always want to try something different from mince and tatties.

Not the stupid "competition" type of prog though.

The Ancient Mariner

wings folded
6th Jan 2015, 20:19
Not the stupid "competition" type of prog though.

Hear, hear.

6th Jan 2015, 22:40
Time for Nigella!


Low Flier
6th Jan 2015, 22:41
The obsession is not so much with food as with celebrity.

It's a fin de siècle thing which always occurs at the tail end of an empire's existence. The Romans, the Ottomans and the Spanish all made celebrities of their chefs.

John Glubb (aka Glubb Pasha) wrote knowledgeably on the subject in his treatise The Fate of Empires (http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf). It's a pattern which has repeated well over a dozen times in the past three millennia.

There was a rather good documentary, which happened to star my favourite totty at the FT, which directly addresses this very aspect of a collapsed empire.

You can skip ahead to the bit about fin de siècle in this clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fbvquHSPJU#t=606), but the full film is worth watching if you have time and an open mind.


6th Jan 2015, 23:26
I suppose that some remember Fanny Craddock, and her Johnnie.

When I was at Marham we had TV chef and Liberal MP Clement Freud to the mess as an after dinner speaker. In the bar afterwards someone asked him what he thought of Fanny Craddock. He asked us if we knew the difference between a cross-country run and Fanny Craddock.

The first is a pant in the country...

I guess he wasn't a fan!