Posted by Ian
This morning’s homepage has something of a nostalgic feel about it, partly by accident, partly by design.
Our lead feature is a piece by MSN columnist Hugh Wilson, pondering why the likes of Sussex pond pudding, Bedfordshire clanger and pan haggerty are no longer ubiquitous on the nation’s dining tables and, for that matter, in the nation’s consciousness.
If you’ve never heard of the aforementioned culinary delights, let alone tasted any of them, you might choose to count yourself lucky. Yet once they were the sort of fare you’d want, if not expect, to find forming the centrepiece of a big family dinner, a trip to the local restaurant, or – in particular – the collective bunfight that was the summer holiday camp mealtime.
A new survey by the folks at UKTV has found, in Hugh’s words, that "the vast majority of under 25s are entirely ignorant of the dishes that helped their forefathers through wars, rationing and endless repeats of Dixon of Dock Green" (and if you’ve never heard of Dixon Of Dock Green – for shame! He was the nation’s favourite copper!)
Of those three exotically-titled feasts I mentioned above, one is a composite of mutton, kidneys and fruit; another, suet and lemon; a third, fried onion and potatoes. To find out which is which, check out Hugh’s column to put yourself, and your stomach, in the picture.
Our smaller, spotlight feature is a follow-up to the news that another once all-pervasive institution, that creaky contest for married couples Mr And Mrs, is to be revived. Rather than dwell on what other game shows we’d like to see brought back, our Entertainment unit decided instead to itemise those programmes we’d most certainly not want to see returning to our screens. After all, the number of somewhat shameless revivals has accelerated in recent years – Come Dancing, Bullseye and The Price Is Right for starters – and, for want of any other ideas, will probably continue for some time to come.
So who should the TV companies steer well clear of? And whose name, when attached to a "dazzling new hit show", history suggests is actually an incentive to turn off rather than tune in? Be warned: this feature contains a photo of Keith Chegwin near-naked.