If you think grandma getting caught with the pool boy is dramatic, then Delicious will shock you. At first, it disguises itself as a sweet show about love and family life but quickly turns into a hurricane of scandal. From beyond the grave, Leo Vincent played by Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Jack Taylor) narrates and remarks on the family’s life with a smooth, rumbling tone. After the infidelity, incestuous relations, and catastrophes in series one, series two continues the story without missing a beat.
Both series only contain four episodes each (45min), so it does not feel like the writers are struggling to find plot lines or develop characters. A year has passed since Gina Benelli, played by Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley, French, and Saunders), took over running the Penrose, a fancy hotel which often hosts weddings. Gina’s father is in town, a marriage takes place, a new chef is hired, and the drama continues to kick this family while they’re down. As with series one, parentage comes into question again, and no one can agree on anything. The lives of those at the Penrose are deeply steeped in drama—if they were tea bags, I’m not sure I would drink it.
Gina’s daughter Teresa (Tanya Reynolds) doesn’t eat, despite her mother being a renowned chef. Her problems are at least three-fold, she doesn’t eat, she is allergic to water, and requires therapy for her mental health. However, the writers handle her character with grace, and despite her problems, she does not seem fragile or weak. Perhaps this is due to Tanya Reynolds robust and rebellious performance.
The scenery is lovely. It takes place an is filmed in Cornwall by the sea. The lush greenery and peaks at sea give the show a light, pleasant air. The atmosphere feels realistic, and the few shots of food are a nice addition.
The food takes a backseat to the drama. Unfortunately, that drama comes across as exaggerated and unrealistic. It is as though the writers feel the need to consistently beat you over the head with another shocking plot twist. It doesn’t need that to keep me motivated because the characters are well-rounded, and the setting is pleasant.
While many-a-lady (and many dudes) may be attracted to the tone and cadence of Iain Glen’s voice, it can be intrusive at times, and the narration often seems cheesy.
Despite the show’s title, foodies may be disappointed with the lack of emphasis on the food itself. There isn’t time for idyllic shots of food considering the amount of drama these characters have to deal with.
The bonus features in the DVD are minimal. There is a short featurette (10 min) and also a photo gallery.
Delicious Series 2 Final Comments
Overall I liked Delicious, and series two was a strong continuation of the first. Each one is only four episodes. They are packed tight with enough drama to sustain a typical show for at least four series. Fans of the New Zealand/Australian show 800 Words may enjoy. Acorn TV has this show also. Both shows feature cooking, uprooting after death, and family drama. Delicious is available on streaming as well as on DVD.
Delicious Series 3 officially renewed for early 2019.