Ever since the imperium of Fanny Craddock and her sidekick/ victim husband Johnny, Britain's culinary TV history has been replete with comedy double acts. Lately added to a roster that includes The Two Fat Ladies, The Hairy Bikers, Loyd Grossman and his irritable vowel syndrome and all the others is the unlikely gastro-team of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.Matthew Norman, The Telegraph, 2nd April 2014
A cut and paste collection of TV's more bizarre moments, punctuated by snide comments from Lock, the show was yet another tribute to the researcher's art.
We were invited to relive horrors, obscure and familiar, including Loyd Grossman's rock band, the man on Nationwide who claimed he could walk on eggs (he couldn't), MP Christopher Mayhew taking Mescaline on a 1956 edition of Panorama, Fanny Cradock committing career suicide and, best of all, Oliver Reed's alcohol-fuelled appearance on late-night discussion show, After Dark.
Lock thoughtfully transcribed Reed's exact words: "If somebody that knows no ill comes to a Palais de Dance and tickles his heels in the air because he's a Celt, how do you forgive yourself because he's a better dancer?" How, indeed, Oliver? How indeed?Harry Venning, The Stage, 6th July 2009