My Life on a Plate

May 2016
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May 13, 2016

Expired 3.0 3 x
Simon Weston cheerfully admits that he was a mischievous child, growing up in the Welsh valleys mining village of Nelson in the 60s. Kicking around with his friends, he was keen on scrumping apples from the local big house, and making a few bob on the football results. His visit to his mother's former home brings a moving account of his return on a stretcher for a long convalescence following his Falklands injuries. As he and chef Brian Turner travel back in time, Simon expresses warmly the deb...
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May 12, 2016

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Anneka Rice loved her childhood growing up in Surrey and is thrilled to revisit special places from her youth with chef Brian Turner. Anneka recounts stories of choir practice and tennis, squeezed into a carefree childhood full of tomboy adventures, campfires and foraging for wild mushrooms. She also remembers her mother's enthusiasm for the exotic new style of cordon bleu cooking in the 1970s, and memories of boeuf bourguignon and chicken liver pate come flooding back. It's all grist to Brian'...
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May 11, 2016

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Although Michael Buerk was born in Solihull, it's Hereford where he feels his life really began as far as food is concerned. From the unpromising 1950s fare of tinned spaghetti, overcooked cabbage and grey peas cooked by his mother and grandmother, to the delicious wholesome food he found on his girlfriend's family table, Michael has never looked back. Brian finds plenty of inspiration in Michael's stories of his youth as well as in the bountiful Herefordshire fields to produce two tantalising ...
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May 10, 2016

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Lesley Garrett is full of enthusiasm for her native Yorkshire and for the outdoorsy childhood she enjoyed with her sisters. She takes chef Brian Turner on a journey back in time to visit key locations that help tell the story of her early years. Her resourceful parents taught her to make the most of what food was available, fishing in school holidays, fruit picking from their own trees and raising rabbits and pigs to put on the table.
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May 9, 2016

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Diane Louise Jordan takes a sometimes emotional trip back to her childhood, which was spent mostly in the 1960s new town of Hatfield, north of London. She remembers vividly a new sense of security which permeated her early years in a new home and school.
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May 5, 2016

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As a child, Alistair McGowan loved school lunches, especially the puddings. His mother's cooking was equally memorable and innovative, providing plenty of inspiration for the dishes that Brian Turner creates for Alistair. Together they revisit evocative places from Alistair's childhood, from Worcestershire's plum orchards to his old school, where sights and smells take him straight back to his youth. In his childhood home, we discover how Alistair realised his gift for impersonation as he switc...
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May 4, 2016

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Champion athlete Colin Jackson still lives in Cardiff, where he was born and brought up. He takes Brian Turner to the city's fresh food market which his mum used to take him to as a child, and where he still shops today.
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May 3, 2016

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Against an evocative backdrop of the London skyline, veteran broadcaster and entertainer Nicholas Parsons delves deep into the memory banks of his long life. Stories of school, studying engineering, and finally breaking through into acting emerge, among more poignant memories of the Blitz, which he could see going on from the relative safety of Hampstead Heath.
April 2016
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April 14, 2016

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Christopher Biggins grew up in Salisbury and describes a childhood every bit as flamboyant as his adult personality would suggest! He developed an early taste for the high life, ordering room service at the local hotel while his mother served cocktails downstairs. He remembers the larger-than-life characters who filled his younger life - aunts and grannies who taught him the appreciation of food and gave him culinary memories to cherish.
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April 8, 2016

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TV and movie star Nigel Havers travels back to Suffolk to reminisce about a colourful childhood - regaling Brian Turner with stories of betting at Newmarket races aged five, and setting fire to a listed building in his parents' garden, among other capers. But there are poignant memories too, of being sent off to boarding school at six, and regular canings.
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