[It’s very cold and snowy where I live right now, so even though it’s a bit early, recapping a Christmas special somehow seems . . . right. – WK]
TITLE: A Caribbean Christmas
NUMBER: Series 3, Special
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: December 22, 1998
SETTINGS: The “special-ness” of this episode is immediately apparent. There is a pre-credits prologue, which we’ve never had before, set at the Air Jamaica counter at an airport [Gatwick].
[There is some sort of cartoon astronaut or something on a poster behind the counter, but I haven’t been able to place him.] Continue reading
Since next up is the second Christmas special, I thought I’d share this – a very campy holiday teaser from the BBC in 1997. Stay tuned.
TITLE: Lock Keepers
NUMBER: Series 3, Episode 6
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: October 7, 1998
SETTINGS: Clarissa and Jennifer cook for workers who operate locks on the Llangollen Canal in Grindley Brook, Shropshire.
Their dialogue from the bike in the opening is hard to decipher. It sounded like this to me: Continue reading
WordPress reports that the search “Dolly Parton cup size” recently led somebody to read my recap of “Barristers at Lincoln’s Inn.” Needless to say, I continue to be delighted at the readership this blog is drawing.
TITLE: The Air Race
NUMBER: Series 3, Episode 5
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: September 30, 1998
SETTINGS: Back to Scotland for this one. The ladies participate in a small airplane race at East Fortune Airfield [the home of the Scottish National Museum of Flight] in East Lothian.
“Fortune Favours the Bold.”
Clarissa says it’s “so close to home” for her, [and indeed, the airport appears to be just half an hour away from where she lived in Musselburgh, a suburb of Edinburgh.] Continue reading
Today I discovered this article from The Independent. (The author had tweeted it.)
Written after the conclusion of the first Two Fat Ladies series in 1997, it shares reflections from Clarissa and Jennifer on their first meeting and their working relationship.
I hadn’t read it before – it’s pretty fascinating, and sheds light on the “they actually hated each other” rumors that continue to be attached to the show even now.
TITLE: Barristers at Lincoln’s Inn
NUMBER: Series 3, Episode 4
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: September 23, 1998
SETTINGS: Unusually, this episode opens with a field-trip prologue, set before sunrise. The ladies venture out to visit the famous Smithfield meat market in London. [The market’s business hours are 3 a.m. to midmorning.]
Smithfield is in the same neighborhood as Lincoln’s Inn. The Inn is home to a professional association of barristers (with a voiceover reminding us that Clarissa used to be one) and is the place where ultimately they will be cooking.
On the way there, they pass St. Paul’s Cathedral.
No Cybermen, though.
There’s this conversation: Continue reading
In a recent recap, I noted Clarissa’s longstanding support for British foxhunting. By coincidence, this week a columnist for the Isle of Wight County Press wrote a piece discussing that controversial tradition, and at the end of it she shares a recipe of Clarissa’s for “fox pasta.” Enjoy.
Oh, and here’s something else to get you going. Correspondent John White says he wonders what fox meat tastes like.
Well, the late Clarissa Dickson Wright could have told you, John.
Here’s her recipe for fox pasta. You hang the fox in running water for three days (Clarissa didn’t specify whether it should be dead or not and there was no telling with her), cook it with garlic, onion and tomato, stew it for an hour-and-a-half and serve it with chestnut pasta. Clarissa said she’d probably “cut the fox into halves, not quarters”.
I have absolutely no comment on this piece of culinary advice.
TITLE: The Cambridge Eight
NUMBER: Series 3, Episode 3
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: September 16, 1998
SETTINGS: The setting this time is Cambridge University, where Clarissa and Jennifer cook for “the Cambridge Eight” – that is, the eight winners of an annual competition between the rowing crews of Cambridge and Oxford University.
Half the places they go to look like this, don’t they?
[I know there’s some crossover between fans of this show and those of P.G. Wodehouse. Continue reading
TITLE: The Pony Club
NUMBER: Series 3, Episode 2
ORIGINAL AIRDATE: September 9, 1998
SETTINGS: The ladies cook for “lots of little children” who belong to a Pony Club in the Cotswolds [a rural area in central England, named for the Cotswold Hills.]
[While the Cotswolds span several counties,] this Pony Club is located in Gloucestershire. Continue reading