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Delicious: Series 1

Score: 95%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Acorn Media
Region: 1
Media: DVD/1
Running Time: 185 Mins.
Genre: Drama/Comedy/TV Series
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English SDH


  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Photo Gallery

Delicious: Series 1 introduces us to professional chef and hotelier Leo Vincent (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Jack Irish, Prisoners' Wives), a man who loves food and women, both of which get him into a bit of trouble. His current wife, Sam (Emilia Fox) suspects him of cheating with the attractive new hotel manager, Suzy (Kemi-Bo Jacobs), so she goes to her friend and Leo's ex-wife, Gina (Dawn French) to ask about the signs of infidelity - after all, Leo left Gina for Sam, so she should know best of all. Long story short, Leo is cheating, but that is but one of his many secrets. In fact, the whole family is teeming with secrets, many of which begin to expose themselves once a family tragedy occurs that sets things in motion.

Gina lives on the estate of the grand Penrose Hotel, a venue she helped Leo make into the success it is currently. In fact, Leo stole all of Gina's family recipes, but they have a surprisingly amicable relationship. After all, he's been married to Sam for some 20 years now and he and Gina have a daughter to think about - Teresa (Tanya Reynolds), a brooding 20-something with an allergy to water. It makes rainy Cornwall more than a little inconvenient for her. Then there's Sam and Leo's son, Michael (Ruairi O'Connor), who just turned 18, but is rather aimless so far. Finally, there's Leo's mother, Mimi Vincent (Shelia Hancock), a woman with a biting wit, but great love for her beloved son.

As events unfold, Gina and Sam find themselves at odds, but still having to work together in order to keep the Penrose going, especially once they discover that it is in much more dire financial straits than they previously realized. The upcoming wedding of Sam's dear friend Rosa King (Vinette Robinson, Close to the Enemy, Black Work), set to take place at the Penrose, could be ruined with tensions riding high between Gina and Sam, especially when Gina discovers a shocking medical secret of Teresa's in which Dr. King was complicit. But that's nothing compared to the secrets between Teresa and Michael. And when James Harley (Risteard Cooper), an old friend of Gina and Leo's, comes back to Cornwall, he comes bearing an earth-shattering secret of his own. It seems that the main ingredients of the recipe that composes this odd family consists mainly of secrets and lies, but as the layers of deception are peeled away, the healing can finally begin.

The only special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette and a photo gallery, but both are enjoyable.

I'll say this - I truly expected Delicious: Series 1 to have more humor than it does, but it is squarely leading in the drama department, although there are amusing moments. I pretty much love anything Iain Glen is in, so just knowing he was the leading man in this series instantly intrigued me. What you can expect from this show is witty writing, jaw-dropping twists and reveals, and a group of people you will grow to care about, wanting to see how the events of this season shape them as they move on into the future. It's great British TV and I highly recommend it.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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