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|Also known as||Late Lunch|
|Presented by||Mel Giedroyc|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||4|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Princess Productions|
|Distributor||Endemol Shine UK|
|Original network||Channel 4|
|Original release||24 March 1997 –|
5 March 1999
Light Lunch (later Late Lunch) was a Channel 4 lunch-time comedy chatshow broadcast on weekdays at 12:30 between 24 March 1997 and 27 February 1998, which was moved to weeknights at 6:00 PM between 31 March 1998 and 5 March 1999. It was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, also known as Mel and Sue, who started their comedy careers at Cambridge University's Footlights club. The show was a huge success initially, but audience figures declined slowly.
The show was structured around the making and eating of a luncheon. The main part of the meal would be prepared by a guest chef, with either Mel or Sue talking to the chef during the demonstration. Once the meal was ready, it was eaten by Mel, Sue and two celebrity guests, during which an interview would take place. In the final part of the programme, a third celebrity guest brought in dessert, and a further period of interviewing would occur on the sofa, which would include phone-in questions from viewers. The studio audience were also expected to bring in their own lunch to eat during the show, and were each given £3 to cover the cost of this. They were encouraged to bring in unusual food, their own creations, or food in some way relating to that day's celebrity guest, and the most creative ideas would be shown on camera.
As a result of declining viewing figures and because of a general change in viewer demographics in the UK, Light Lunch was moved to a 6:00 PM time slot in March 1998 and rebranded as Late Lunch. It ran in that slot for nearly a year before being cancelled in 1999.
The show's house band (introduced individually as "Steve, Matt, Dylan and Dan" and collectively by numerous different names, mostly food puns) included Dylan Howe on drums.
The Great British Bake-Off
Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc worked separately for years, and then teamed up for The Great British Bake Off in 2010.
- "Mel and Sue to host ITV chat show". BBC News. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2020.