SAVING BRITAIN’S PUBS WITH TOM KERRIDGE

British pubs, known the world over, have been part of our way of life for centuries. At the neighbourhood ‘local’, generations have unwound after a hard day’s work, toasted their victories and drowned their sorrows. To this day it remains the beating heart of our communities.

But this great British institution is in crisis. Between 2000 and 2019 over 13,000 pubs called last orders for ever. That’s one in four of our beloved boozers lost, never to return.

In late 2019 Tom Kerridge, landlord of three innovative pubs, decided to fight back on behalf of the industry he loves. He found four pubs in peril and threw his energy and business know-how into securing their long-term futures.

When Tom came on board, The White Hart, a remote Cornish freehouse, was barely staying afloat despite the support of its loyal locals. The landlords of the Prince Albert, a popular music pub in Gloucestershire, were hampered by the terms of their tenancy with a big pub company. The Golden Anchor, a once-vibrant leasehold in South London, had been left behind by neighbourhood gentrification.  And the Black Bull in Gartmore, Scotland, had just been bought by its local community in a bid to save it from property developers.

Tom urged these pubs to modernise and diversify what they were offering to suit the changing demands of pub-goers. He worked shoulder to shoulder with the publicans to make their businesses fit for the future. Things were looking up.

But, without warning, everything they were working towards came to a shattering halt with the arrival of Covid-19. All 47,000 pubs in Britain were forced to close. Now Tom’s own pubs faced a fight for survival too.

‘Saving Britain’s Pubs’ dramatically reveals the nation’s love of pubs and the compelling reasons why we must protect them.

First transmitted November 2020 on BBC TWO.

LOSE WEIGHT AND GET FIT WITH TOM KERRIDGE

Lose Weight and Get Fit with Tom Kerridge

Chef Tom Kerridge is back on BBC TWO in January 2020 with an exciting new series packed with healthy recipes and fitness advice. It’s firmly targeted at those of us looking for a New Year’s resolution after over-indulging at Christmas.

In two previous New Year series for the channel, Tom inspired the nation to diet (Lose Weight for Good) and embrace proper home cooking (Fresh Start). Now he’s turning up the heat with both weight loss and exercise. And this time it’s personal for the celebrity chef.

“I lost a load of weight a few years ago but lately I’ve seen it creeping back up. And I’m not as fit as I want to be at my age. So I’ve set myself and a gang of volunteers a challenge – to lose weight and get fit together,” explains Tom.

Tom and his gang of 11 volunteers have just two months to shed the pounds, get fit and transform their cooking and exercise habits for good. And this time round, Tom faces his stiffest challenge yet; himself…

First transmitted January 2020 on BBC TWO.

Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

Tom Kerridge’s Fresh Start

In this series Tom Kerridge offers delicious recipes and practical advice to help families make a fresh start with food. Across six steps and six episodes, he’s inviting BBC TWO’s viewers to join him in a life-changing New Year’s resolution for 2019; “Cook great food at home and you too can be fitter, healthier and happier….  A fresh start for the New Year – for all the family!”

Tom Kerridge is a husband and Dad as well as an award-winning chef. A few years ago he made his own New Year’s resolution – to eat more healthily and take more exercise – which led to him losing nearly 12 stone. Today he’s healthier and happier and the changes he’s made are having a positive effect on his family too.

Previously, in Lose Weight for Good, Tom inspired a group of struggling dieters with his warmth, compassion and great recipes to lose weight while still loving their food. Now he’s focusing his attention on families. Tom believes that enjoying good home-cooked food together as a family is one of life’s biggest pleasures, as well as being beneficial for our physical and mental well-being. And to test whether home cooking can be a catalyst for all sorts of positive changes, he is launching a brand new, home-cooking experiment.

In the series Tom recruits eight families from his neighbourhood who aren’t cooking much – or at all – and are relying on convenience food for family meals. Some have never learnt to cook. Others are too busy to cook. And for many, pre-packed ready meals are simply what their family like to eat most. Concerned about what impact this is having on their family’s health, the eight families are all hoping that with Tom’s help, they can press the restart button on home cooking.

First transmitted January 2019 on BBC TWO.

Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good

Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good

Celebrated chef Tom Kerridge runs two pubs awarded Michelin stars for their outstanding food. Now he has set himself a new and very personal challenge; to help a group of people from his neighbourhood to lose weight.

A few years ago Tom weighed 190kg. A combination of exercise and a strict diet has seen his weight drop by 75kg. Tom’s diet involved completely cutting out carbohydrates. It worked for him but he knows that cutting out an entire food group isn’t going to work for everyone.

So he is now putting his skills and energies into helping people to lose weight and still love what they are eating by cutting back on their calorie intake. Experts around the world recommend calorie reduction as the most effective and sustainable way to lose weight.

So why are so many of us still struggling with our weight? Our eating habits are partly responsible; we turn to convenience food and high calorie snacks rather than cooking at home. But Tom thinks the problem also lies in lower calorie food. It is perceived as boring and tasteless. And too often it’s served in measly portions.

In this series Tom recruits 13 local volunteers to test his new, lower calorie recipes in a 12-week experiment. Each is given a new daily calorie allowance they must stick to and Tom will send them batches of 15 new recipes to try every fortnight – 90 in total. According to the advice of health professionals, if they stick to their calorie limits, the dieters should each lose around half a kilo per week. This is no crash diet. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s all about changing eating habits slowly to achieve lasting weight loss.

First transmitted January 2018 on BBC TWO.