Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Theme Time : The Stranglers - 'Floyd On...'

As part of their retro afternoons each weekday (which includes Are You Being Served, 'Allo 'Allo and Cagney and Lacey) BBC2 is currently running the back catalogue of legendary chef and bon vivant, the late great Keith Floyd's TV series. Starting with Floyd On Fish in 1985, Keith's cooking and drinking was a regular fixture in the BBC2 schedules for the best part of a decade. BBC2 are currently showing Floyd on Britain and Ireland, Keith's 1988 series.

The music for each series was provided by The Stranglers, their hits Waltzin Black and Peaches opening and closing each episode. The association came about because Hugh Cornwell, the band's guitarist and vocalist, used to play guitar as a student at Floyd's Bristol restaurant. 

I was a big fan of Keith Floyd, who sadly passed away in 2009. In this day and age of wall to wall cookery programmes on TV it is quite a relief to see these repeats, hosted by a real character, never far away from a glass of wine and not relying on being foul mouthed or obnoxious like most chefs appear to be these days. Apart from The Hairy Bikers, Nigella Lawson and Mary Berry, Keith Floyd still remains the only cook worth watching.

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