A new BBC2 show is set to follow in the footsteps of Channel 4’s Gogglebox and show us a snapshot of modern Britain through ordinary families interacting in their home environment. But while Gogglebox was set in the living room, and in front of the TV, the aptly titled The Kitchen will be based around the home’s other social hub and in front of the families’ evening meals.
The new three-part series will follow eight different households as they cook and eat together, serving up everything from homemade pasties and pies to local road kill and £1 budget frozen meals, while chatting about their daily lives.
The families are the Barry-Powers from Cardiff, including their five children aged 8 to 19; the Bradshaws from Devon, who have been married for 50 years; the Clapham boys, who share a house in London; the Evans from Birmingham, where single mother Sue and her grown-up daughter Ginny look after 10-year-old Gabriel; the Gales from Buckinghamshire, who have three adult kids living at home; the Garbutts from Gloucestershire, who grow their own organic veg; the Harrars in Staffordshire, where dad Amarpul likes to share his passion for Punjabi food and kitchen gadgetry; and the Mitchell-Cotts from Suffolk, with their six children – each named after plants – and a menagerie of pets.
BBC documentary boss Emma Willis said The Kitchen would provide “an intimate snapshot of how some of us live, eat and talk right now, reflecting British humour and eccentricities, as well as the topics of conversation gripping dinner tables around the country.”