In a new three-part series, BBC2 will take viewers into the heart of kitchens across the country to capture the spirit of contemporary family life.
‘The Kitchen’, produced by Studio Lambert, will follow the lives of eight very different households as they cook and eat together. From serving home-made pasties and pies, to roasted road kill and £1 budget frozen meals, the menus vary from home to home – as do the conversations and differing perspectives on life in Britain.
Controller of BBC2 Kim Shillinglaw said: “BBC2 is the home of documentaries and I’m really excited to be announcing this fresh new series which gives viewers a revealing glimpse into the heart of any home, and observes today’s family traditions at mealtimes.”
Emma Willis, Head of Documentaries, BBC1, BBC2 and BBC4, added: “This series features families from all walks of life. It gives an intimate snapshot of how some of us live, eat and talk right now, reflecting British humour and eccentricities, as well as the topics of conversation gripping dinner tables around the country.”
And Stephen Lambert, Chief Executive of Studio Lambert, noted: “We’ve been working on this series with the BBC for nearly a year and I’m delighted our hunch that mealtimes offer a very rich opportunity to capture on TV the humour and drama of different households, turned out to be right.”
The observational documentary series features the Barry-Powers blended family from Cardiff with five children aged 8 to 19; the Bradshaws from Devon married for 50 years; the Clapham Boys sharing a house in London; the Evans from Birmingham where single mother Sue and her grown-up daughter Ginny are a double act to 10-year-old Gabriel; the Gales from Buckinghamshire with three out of their four grown-up children living at home; the organic food growing Garbutts family in Gloucestershire; the Harrars in Staffordshire with dad Amarpul’s passion for Punjabi food and kitchen gadgetry, and the Mitchell-Cotts from Suffolk with their six children (all named after plants) and a menagerie of pets.
The three 60-minute episodes will air next month on BBC2.