What formats will flourish when cookery shows go out of fashion?

From The Hairy Hikers and Mastershelf to The Great British Make-Up, Tim Dowling suggests some new twists on our favourite foodie shows

Consign With Me


Four strangers take turns running a vintage clothing shop, each trying to sell the old clothes of the others on consignment. It’s more exciting than it sounds, but not that much more exciting.

The Hairy Hikers

Rambling is the new tarte tatin, according to those in the know, and this new series is Britain’s first national walk-off – a tour of coastal paths, forests and farmland in which the last rambler standing wins all. Presenters Si and Dave are with the contestants every step of the way, although they’re allowed to use mobility scooters on the hills.

The Great British Make-Up

Budding make-up artists compete for the chance to work with the stars – doing the make-up for a future Royal Variety Performance – by going head-to-head over eight weeks. After completing a basic foundation course in foundation, the artists will face a series of make-up challenges in categories including Natural, Night Out and                                                Clown.

Jamie’s Really Big Dry Stone Wall

An ambitious project aimed at building a dry stone wall right across the narrowest part of the British mainland, using an army of volunteers and a host of celebrity dry stone wallers, if such a thing turns out to exist. And before you get your hopes up, it’s Jamie Theakston.



The predicted DIY craze of next spring has engendered this spin-off, in which enthusiasts from across Britain are tested in all forms of home maintenance in hopes of earning a valuable apprenticeship. The first round deals with basic domestic wiring, ensuring that only two-thirds of the participants will even live to see round two.