Romesh Ranganathan

UKTV cooks up My Greatest Dishes and orders more Judge Romesh

My Greatest Dishes (Credit: UKTV)

Each episode will see a different chef recreating their most treasured recipes. The series will also feature pictures and stories from the chef’s personal archives to illustrate each dish’s life-changing impact.

Other chefs to be appear include Monica Galetti, Michel Roux Jr, Giorgio Locatelli, Rosemary Shrager, Michael Caines, Daniel Clifford and Ollie Dabbous.

“This series provides a real insight into the recipe for success behind some of our most-loved chefs,” said Good Food channel director, Vicky Walker.

BBC announces new Factual, Entertainments and Arts programmes

The new commissions are as follows:

The Iraq War (w/t)

A five-part series exploring the reasons and repercussions behind the invasion of Iraq by the UK and USA. Told from the perspective of those who were there the series looks at the scenario from a human point of view; from families on the ground, to soldiers and rebels, the series looks at the impact that this era of war and destruction has left behind.

Tom Davis on Judge Romesh, comedy and Coogan

At over two metres tall, with a gravelly voice that rumbles up out of his chest before skittering around in the thick beard that populates his face, Tom Davis could be an intimidating figure.

But he isn’t. In a soft cap, and chunky glasses, looking dapper and approachable, the Bafta-winning scaffolder-turned-comic reflects on an unusual career trajectory that has brought him to his most recent role: Court Bailiff in Dave’s new series Judge Romesh.

Idris Elba and Bill Bailey to star in Sky 1 comedy In the Long Run

The Luther star joins forces with Bill Bailey who plays his best friend in the programme.

The show is the latest in a line of British comedies for Sky 1 which also includes The Reluctant Landlord from Romesh Ranganathan, and Sick of It from Karl Pilkington, best known for Sky programme An Idiot Abroad.

The series of commissions is part of Sky’s effort to corner the market on daring, late night, grown up comedy programmes, to air in the 10pm slot on Sky 1.

The Last Leg: "People are looking for some sort of levity"

The Last Leg, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker, Josh Widdicome

TFI Friday for the Brexit era” chimes in his co-star Alex Brooker.

“I think we’re a version of [Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah’s] The Daily Show for a country that has a pub culture” suggests Adam Hills, the host of the Channel 4 show.

The Last Leg launched during the 2012 Paralympic Games as a comedy breakdown of the day’s sporting highlights.

Romesh Ranganathan on comedy, Clouseau and coconuts

Ranganathan has been nominated alongside Ant and Dec, and The Last Leg boys in the Entertainment Performance category of this year’s RTS Programme Awards.

“I finally feel like I’ve got the validation I need to continue,” he says, when I meet him at his agent’s office in a hard-to-find Clerkenwell backstreet.

“It’s nice to be nominated alongside them, but I hope I win” he laughs. “And I’m not going to be humble about it if I do win either. I’m going to make sure I visit everyone and really go on about it.”

What does he make of his fellow nominees, I ask.