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Richard Arnold's Armchair Guide - July 24

Cooking has become the nation's past time during lockdown, hasn't it? Well this week I have transformed Dickie's Den into Dickie's Diner as we showcase the best food-themed shows on your telly to give you inspiration for your coronavirus cooking.

Watch the guide on Stories here.

Or if you want it analogue read the guide below...

Dinner Date - Available to watch now on the ITV Hub

We all like a three course meal don't we? And when that's cooked by the potential love of our life?... Even better. Prepare yourselves for the kitchen nightmares and whirlwind romances with Dinner Date on the ITV Hub now.

Friday Night Dinner - Watch the first five series on BritBox right now

For the Goodman family, Friday Night Dinner is just like Sunday lunch: just take two days away, change the meal to dinner, and you've pretty much got it. Adam (Simon Bird) and his brother, Jonny (Tom Rosenthal), view Friday night dinner as a necessary annoyance - necessary because they get fed, and annoying because, well, they have to spend the evening with mum (Tamsin Greig) and dad (Paul Ritter).

Every episode of the first five series is available on the home of Britain's best TV, BritBox now!

Gino's Italian Escape - Watch it on the ITV Hub now

Chef Gino D'Acampo discovers the secrets of real Italian food as he undertakes a culinary journey around his native Italy.

Sounds simple right? As you knew with Gino, nothing is ever straightforward! Prepare for heat in the kitchen and beautiful Italian food.

John and Lisa's Weekend Kitchen - Watch every episode on the ITV Hub

The nation is cooking more than ever and in this new series professional chef John and home cook Lisa will be able to help viewers easily answer the ‘What’s for tea?’ question, with their accessible, imaginative and easy-to-cook ideas for family meal times. Each episode will have a different food theme and the pair will be using easy to source ingredients that viewers will have in their cupboard, fridge or freezer as well as providing plenty of alternatives and at-home hacks. 

New to the series, John and Lisa will also feature special how-to demos on techniques which they prove aren’t as complicated as some cooks may imagine. From showing how easy it really can be to make pasta without a machine or how to prep and get the best out of an aubergine.

Watch it all on the Hub.

Eat, Shop, Save - Thursday 7.30pm ITV and on the ITV Hub

Eat Shop Save returns for a fourth series to ITV to help families not just to shape up for summer - but to transform their lives.

The consumer lifestyle show, presented by Ranvir Singh, shows how with the help of nutritionist Dale Pinnock, savvy shopper Kate Hardcastle and fitness consultant Tom Pitfield, families can get on track to eating better, saving money, and getting fitter.

As budgets and waistbands get tighter - not helped by the Coronavirus lockdown - the four families in this series undergo an eight-week challenge in a bid to shed the pounds in every sense.

With the Coronavirus playing a major part in the contributors' daily lives, the first week's family, the Formstones, managed to save more than £1,000 during their eight week challenge, and between the two parents lost more than two stone.

Dinner Ladies - Watch it on BritBox here

Want to combine some classic British comedy with the food theme this week? Then look no further than Dinner Ladies.

Victoria Wood’s canteen comedy set in 90s Manchester, starring Julie Walters and Maxine Peake. Head dinner lady Bren comforts and cajoles her team through life’s ups and downs while buttering the bread in time for lunch.

The whole show is available on BritBox.

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