The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes

The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

Every day before filming The Restaurant That Makes Mistakes, the crew ask the participants if they’re happy to be filmed. Invariably, by the following morning, many will have already forgotten what they’re involved in.

It’d be easy to get caught up in the palpable sadness that accompanies these accounts of dementia – like 54-year-old Peter, who says he dreads the day he loses the ability to communicate, or Roger, who can no longer spell. Despite showing the stark realities of dementia, this innovative experiment does seem to be creating positive change. Shelley, who at 43 is the youngest participant, says her confidence before working at the restaurant was quite low. “Now it’s growing – maybe I can do a little bit more than I thought I could.”

Summary

Four-part documentary following a daring experiment in which the UK's first-ever restaurant staffed by people with dementia opens its doors. Under the watchful eye of Michelin-starred restaurateur Josh Eggleton, waiter Roger - who struggles with reading and writing - tries to pluck up the courage to take his first order. Meanwhile, former legal representative Jacqui is tasked with remembering the restaurant's greeting, but with dementia damaging her memory and her bad eyesight, it proves to be a huge challenge. As things heats up in the kitchen, an unexpected food critic is spotted at Table 3.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Trish Powell
Executive Producer Murray Boland
Executive Producer Martin Oxley
Series Director Benjamin Leigh
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