Bazal for Channel 4, 7 January 1999 to 9 March 2000 (2 series)
In a clever play on words, Dishes is a combination of dating show and cookery. Ready, Steady, Shag then, but this is a weekday six o' clock Channel 4 show and therefore will be a bit more discerning then Channel 5. Only a little bit mind.
So, take three single guys, a single girl, some food, a huge partition, the slightly talented and actually rather attractive Kate Thornton and Danny Brown (formerly seen on Johnny Vaughan's short lived practical joke show The Fall Guy on BBC 2), at least one of the contestants making a fool of himself, a huge exciting mad rush when the bell goes to get everything onto the plate, because if it's not on the plate then it doesn't go in, the winner getting a date in a restaurant somewhere and what do you get?
The result is actually something pleasantly diverting that you'll sometimes watch because you can't be bothered to get up and slam a microwave pizza on and there's nothing else on.
Thornton managed to get the job when she heard about it through a friend who was originally lined up to present the programme. As it happens, that friend was Angela Griffin, the former Coronation Street actress.