Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.5 - Old Skool Favourites

Chef Tom Kerridge shows how to cook the best versions of the kind of food we all love to eat.


 In this episode, he cooks dishes based on some of his favourites from his childhood. These dishes bring back many happy memories, full of flavours that he loves, with a few improvements over the years. He brings chicken kiev up to date with a fantastic homemade version that's almost as easy to make as it is to get out of a packet. There's a corn on the cob dish with a burnt onion sauce to liven up this often overlooked but delicious side dish.
 Tom recreates his version of his mum's sausage roast that he enjoyed growing up and visits a Gloucester old spot farm to find the best pork possible to use for his recipe. He cooks his version of a lasagne with a few twists that are guaranteed to pack in extra flavour. Lastly, he visits his old school in an attempt to put an old-fashioned pudding back on the menu. But how will his pineapple upside-down cake go down with a group of hungry teenagers?

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.5 - Old Skool Favourites
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.5 - Old Skool Favourites

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.4 - Tasty Dinners

Tom believes that we should cook and eat good food no matter what day of the week it is, so he's got some incredible fuss-free dishes that are quick to make without compromising on flavour, like lemon pepper chicken - a whole meal in one pan that saves on the washing up.


He shows us how to spice up traditional lamb chops by giving the Barnsley chop a north African twist and serving it with a courgette and feta salad with an unusual dressing, before demonstrating his take on the old retro dinner - scampi and chips - made using fresh monkfish and a fantastic crispy batter.
And for pudding, there's an easy midweek option - a rice pudding that's quite unlike any you'll have tried before, and it only takes half an hour to make.
These dishes should definitely persuade you to leave those ready meals on the shelves.

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.4 - Tasty Dinners
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.4 - Tasty Dinners

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.3 - Weekend Specials

This episode is all about dishes for the weekend, when there is a bit more time to enjoy being in the kitchen and cook something extra special to share with family and friends.


Tom turns an ordinary leg of lamb into an extraordinary dish by roasting it wrapped in branches of bay leaves to pack in extra flavour. He wants to shake up our Sunday sides so is salt-baking garlic and lemon before stirring it through some wilted greens - much better than boring boiled broccoli.
He visits a Malaysian supper club to find out the secrets of authentic Malay-style satay. Inspired by the wonderful flavours, he decides to fuse Asian and British cuisines by creating his own satay roast chicken.
Not everyone gets time off at the weekend, so he decides to cook a brunch for a group of firefighters. An easy one to replicate at home, this is the ultimate English breakfast omelette cooked in one pan. And at the weekends you've got to have a special pudding, so Tom does his treacle tart with a few twists to add texture and flavour, which will make it a cut above the norm.

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.3 - Weekend Specials
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.3 - Weekend Specials

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.2 - Takeaways

Tom creates dishes inspired by some of his favourite takeaway foods. This is the kind of casual grab-and-go food that puts a smile on people's faces. He starts with a puff pastry pizza that saves on making pizza dough and is topped with delicious crispy beef. Next he cooks an upmarket version of the classic post-pub takeaway - the doner kebab. He swaps the usual lamb for duck, marinates it in Asian flavours and threads it on to lemongrass skewers for maximum flavour.


Tom's favourite takeaway treats from his childhood were doughnuts bought at the end of Weston-super-Mare pier. Doughnuts are currently making a comeback, and Tom visits a stall in London's Borough Market serving some of the best doughnuts he has ever tasted. Inspired by his visit, Tom shows us how to make a grown-up doughnut stuffed with an innovative chocolate filling that tastes of turkish delight.

Tom loves a pasty and has come up with a twist on the traditional Cornish pasty by replacing meat with lovely smoked haddock. Lastly, he serves up the ultimate takeaway treat - the burger, but he makes hamburgers made with real ham to feed some hungry crowds trackside at the dogs.

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.2 - Takeaways
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.2 - Takeaways

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.1 - Crowd Pleasers

Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge wants to show us how to cook the best ever versions of the kind of food we all love to eat. In this series his aim is to turn ordinary dishes into extraordinary ones with a few simple tricks that will help us all raise our game in the kitchen at home.


In this episode, Tom's serving up some great crowd-pleasing dishes, perfect for sharing with mates at a party. However, there are no canapes on this menu - Tom likes to make proper hearty food for his guests that you can eat in your hands, packed full of flavour. To start, he transforms ordinary filled potato skins into extraordinary crispy stuffed skins filled with creamy roquefort and salty pancetta.
He visits Brixton market and discovers a place doing a roaring trade in slow-cooked, barbecue-style food. Tom loves this style of food and, inspired by his visit, he shows how to make melt-in-the-mouth pulled beef brisket. He gives coleslaw a bit of a kick, adding some unusual vegetables and dressing it in a hardcore garlic mayo - the perfect side for his brisket dish.
If he hadn't been a chef, Tom always dreamed of being a fisherman and in this episode he gets his wish and goes mackerel fishing off the Cornish coast. This fish is a great alternative to burgers and sausages when you're doing a barbecue for a crowd. Tom cooks up a fantastic mackerel recipe stuffed with flavours of the sea for the fishermen to tuck into.
Every party needs something sweet and Tom's chocolate tart is sensational. It's pure indulgence on every level, but best of all, it's a cheat's version so is really easy to pull off.

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.1 - Crowd Pleasers
Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes ep.1 - Crowd Pleasers


Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of ambitious amateur gardeners who have huge ambitions for their outdoor spaces.


In Leyton, Tariq and Sairah want to turn their dumping ground of a back yard into a sumptuous award-winning garden, suitable for entertaining friends and family. Both have competitive jobs in the banking sector and are used to winning at work but when it comes to gardening, they don't know where to begin. With an inspirational trip to the gardening event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show, Monty tried to put them on the fast track to developing their own personal style but can they put the work in to earn the approval of the country's top gardener?

Meanwhile in Bath, Ant and Jake want to replicate the Japanese gardens they have visited all over the world and set themselves the added challenge of creating three very different sections in their L-shaped plot. However, after a visit from Monty, events take a dramatic turn when they discover an underlying problem with their soil that calls for an extreme solution. Will they be able to complete their dream garden on time and on budget?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2
Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2 

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe

Monty Don comes to the rescue of two sets of gardeners in desperate need of feel-good spaces. In Brighton, determined duo Helen and Dax have their hands full with twins, one of whom has special needs. Their current garden is a building site, but armed with advice from Monty they attack the challenge head on. With so many requirements from one small space, it feels their garden might burst at the seams. A trip to the Chelsea Flower Show soon has them focused on what's really important, but do they have enough energy left to get the work done?


Meanwhile in High Wycombe, newly single Valerie is looking for a fresh lease of life, but her 'concrete driveway' of a garden has brought her plans to an abrupt halt, as she has no idea how to plant in or on it! A visit to an inspirational pottery puts her back on track, but with so many choices can Valerie decide on the right ones?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe
Big Dreams Small Spaces - Brighton/High Wycombe