‘The Kitchen’ – the new TV series on Monday nights on BBC 2 is nothing to do with kitchen interiors, the latest style of appliances, how to design your dream kitchen or how big your new open plan kitchen living area could be – but more about how families live and come together in the kitchen and the importance of this central room within family life and culture.
It has been described by the Radio Times as ‘Gogglebox’ with cutlery that shows the British class system in miniature. While the Independent calls it ‘a delightful slice of British life.’
It gives us a view of the different attitudes to food, how and when and where we eat it. Plus it gives us all a fly on the wall view of their kitchens – newly fitted, older traditional kitchens, Shaker style and purely practical spaces for the families to come together to cook, eat, discuss and sometimes argue. The family with six children named after plants have a Shaker style kitchen complete with central island with basket storage underneath. While the Harrar family from Staffordshire have a very traditional kitchen with a beamed ceiling and a family from Cardiff seem to favour the more contemporary look. A Cheltenham couple have a light, bright painted kitchen where their young family meet with all their various pets.
The series clearly shows just how important the kitchen is in each home – the very heart of the home and sometimes the only place where all the family will gather at one time. It makes for fascinating viewing and is well worth watching.