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Meet Gareth Blackstock, award winning chef and prat par excellence. He is insufferably rude to everyone, and yet, all is forgotten and forgiven the moment anyone tastes one of his delicious creations. Although he is thoughtful and caring deep down, it is beneath a thick layer of self absorption and a pure workaholic mentality as he struggles like an artist with his vocation and love: cooking. This passion is the basis of all that is wrong with his character, as he demands nothing short of perfection from himself, and hence, of others as well. He is driven to create and give his career ever ounce of energy he has, to the detriment of his social graces as well as his relationship with Janice, his wife.

The three series are completely distinctive in their own rights; furthermore the third stands apart vastly different in nearly every aspect, from it’s two predecessors. The one constant, however, is the three characters that make up the nucleus upon which the entire series is based: Gareth, Janice, and Everton. These three carry the weight of the series on their shoulders, from within the kitchen, to the development of their relationships from without. For example, the relationship between Everton and Gareth evolves from that of casual acquaintances to protégé and mentor, and lastly to true friends. The relationship between Gareth and Janice, however, develops very little, and is indeed a constant point of friction and comedy throughout the entire three series.

Episode Info

Final: 3x06 -- Paris? Jamaica? (Dec/30/1996)

It's Gareth's birthday, and there are too many surprises. Both Rochelle and Janice are leaving town: Rochelle to Paris and Janice to Jamaica. Now it's up to Gareth to choose between the two paths before him.
Lenny HenryLenny Henry
As Gareth Blackstock
Caroline Lee-Johnson (1)Caroline Lee-Johnson (1)
As Janice Blackstock
Roger GriffithsRoger Griffiths
As Everton
Claire SkinnerClaire Skinner
As Lucinda (Series 1)
Erkan MustafaErkan Mustafa
As Otto (Series 1)
Gary Parker (1)Gary Parker (1)
As Piers (Series 1)
Elizabeth Bennett (1)Elizabeth Bennett (1)
As Lola (Series 1)
Pui Fan LeePui Fan Lee
As Debra (Series 2)
Ian McNeiceIan McNeice
As Gustave LaRoche (Series 2)
Jeff NuttallJeff Nuttall
As Gustave LaRoche (Series 3)


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Executive Producer: Polly McDonald
Producer: Charlie Hanson, Beverly Randall
Music: Jakko M. Jakszyk
Make-up: Lisa Pickering, Tammy Harewood
Grip: Malcolm Beale
Camera Operator: Richard Adam
Location Manager: Tim James (1)
Gaffer: Earl Brown (2)

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Recurring Guests

Geoffrey McGivern as Bank manager (3 eps)
Jo Martin as Rochelle (2 eps)
John Surman as Health inspector (2 eps)
Oliver Samuels as Justin (2 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Thursdays at 09:30 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 28, 1993
Ended: December 30, 1996
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