James May: Oh Cook

Season 1
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James May is not a chef. But that’s the whole point: you don’t need to be a brilliant cook to make delicious food. Transporting us to the Far East, the Med, and the local pub – all from the comfort of a home economist’s kitchen – he’ll knock up delicious recipes that you can actually make yourself, with ingredients you can actually buy. And all without the usual television cooking format trickery.
Starring
James MayNikki Morgan
Genres
Unscripted
Subtitles
English [CC]العربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisעבריתहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]DeutschEspañol (España)Español (Latinoamérica)FrançaisItalianoPolskiPortuguês日本語

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  1. 1. Asian Fusion
    November 12, 2020
    32min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James kicks off his culinary adventure with a uniquely British spin on food from across the Asian continent. There’s (con)fusion aplenty as he experiments with some rather unexpected ingredients, all under the watchful gaze of the pantry-residing home economist Nikki.
  2. 2. Pub Classics
    November 12, 2020
    32min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    In preparation for this episode James has selflessly undertaken nearly forty years of meticulous fieldwork. With a pint in hand, he fries the perfect steak, puts a metropolitan liberal elite spin on humble pie, and tops it all off with something the Brits do rather well: vandalism.
  3. 3. Pasta
    November 12, 2020
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    The Mediterranean calls and James dives headfirst into the world of pasta. With home economist Nikki at his side (when she’s not in her cupboard), he whips up an array of Italian classics – some more tradizionale than others. From antique kitchen gadgets to carbonara conundrums, James washes down his Apennine adventures with a glass (bottle) of Chianti.
  4. 4. Curry
    November 12, 2020
    28min
    ALL
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    Asian icon, British favourite. James attempts to tear up the takeaway menus and cook an Indian inspired feast featuring lamb keema, dal, chapatis, and a speedy raita. Can our have-a-Goa kitchen hero impress home economist Nikki with a Delhi-cate balance of spices?
  5. 5. Pudding
    November 12, 2020
    30min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James sets out to prove that the proof really is in the pudding, as cakes, custards and crumbles are all on the menu today. With a bit of help from Nikki his Victoria Sponge turns out a triumph, while revisiting a simple youthful pleasure results in a Spotted Dick.
  6. 6. Breakfast
    November 12, 2020
    29min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    Regularly described as the most important meal of the day before elevenses, James is living proof that eating a regular, hearty breakfast can make you fitter and healthier. In this episode he succeeds with a Middle Eastern classic but makes a right hash of a specialty closer to home. Then it’s time to channel his inner hipster with some avocado soldiers.
  7. 7. Roast
    November 12, 2020
    28min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Polski, Português, 日本語
    James concludes his culinary journey with the oft weekend nemesis, the Sunday roast. Disavowing the usual television skulduggery and having promised he’ll make the crew lunch, the race is on to get everything ready at the same time. Expect spuds, sprouts, and musings on a mid-life crisis.

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Directors
Will DawsTom Whitter
Producers
Plum Pictures LimitedNew Entity Limited
Season year
2020
Content advisory
Alcohol use
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246 global ratings

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V. MannixReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bollocks
Absolute bollocks.
77 people found this helpful
MarionReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
James Being Lovely James in the Kitchen...Only Better
James May is known for his patient-leaning-towards-ponderous style, but this project has a snappy pace and the popular "Mr. Slowly" shines in his own content. As much as anyone, I enjoy his appropriate scratchiness with his irritating (but lovely) 17-year-old mates Hammond and Clarkson; but he is so endearing on his own - and usefully educational. I actually want to do some of the recipes.
Production-quality-wise, I love the extended style of eliminating the 4th wall altogether borrowed from his other shows. I especially thought it added spice that the director's most pointless and annoying suggestions are edited right into the show for your derision. I am sure he's not the idiot who hung the Vertigo Cam too far past the center work surface. A bit of an oversight, but why the director didn't order it re positioned is a mystery ranked among the likes of DB Cooper's whereabouts.
Overall, a masterful showcase of James' essential style. It's outcome looks effortless and as if they simply turned on the cameras and let James do whatever he bloody-well pleases, edited out the moaning, and called it a show. Superb music cues, by the way.
47 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Joy to watch
Beautiful show to watch, and i likely will buy the book for the fun of it.

Lets face it, James is the only one who could do a show like this.

Hammond would find a way to crash the kitchen over a cliff, and clarkson would try to spice up a ramen dish with "MORE POWER!!!" and add a kilo of Carolina Reapers. It takes the measured pace, and quick whit of James to do a cooking show.

(Also the best part is that he was smart enough to hire a real cook, and has no shame about it! In every other celebrity cook book they try to fake having real cooking talent and original recipes. James however is honest, grabs a real chef, and shoves her very publicly in his back pocket. Got to love it!)
34 people found this helpful
Diane L. JohnsonReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's Edited
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I've watched (and enjoyed) all of James May's Man Lab episodes on youtube, so when I received the DVD of the first season of Man Lab I was excited, expecting behind the scenes stuff, bloopers, etc. But no. Not only do you not get any 'extra' stuff, the episodes are actually edited (shortened) from the UK version. While I still enjoy the show's contents, it really detracts knowing there was stuff taken out that actually added to the episode. Plus, all episodes have the end music theme cut out (it's a part where James May's original version of the theme, which he composed, is re-done by a group or individual with different instruments--a fun part of the show). So, while the show itself is good, the DVD version is disappointing because of the edits. Don't know if Mr. May had anything to do with it, but hopefully it will be corrected in season II version.
24 people found this helpful
pennypincherReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Charming and engaging...
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i've only seen the first couple of episodes, but so far, it has been both entertaining and interesting, if not exactly informative. chances are, i won't ever have to disarm a world war two era bomb..but, now i know how..the show ranges from the practical to the whimsy..with a really great view of british lifestyle thrown in...how to make a "fish finger" sandwich,..or how to build a pub in your garage..or a demonstration from a British army officer on the best way to shine boots..in one of the first episodes, the host, James May, gives tips to a would be suiter, on the best way to serenade a young lady. In typical BBC fashion, they seem to do a lot of "guerilla" style fashion of setting up a shot and shooting on a london street, and don't edit out the bits when an English old lady elbows her way past and chastises the host..thats one of the things that adds charm and a bit of authenticity to the program...like when they enlist one of the big wig execs of the BBC, who happens to be on the set, to help hang wall paper, as none of them had done it before...it's like they think up things that would be interesting to them (producer, host, cameraman, production assistants..) and try it out in front of the camera..sometimes they enlist an expert on the subject, and other times they just read the instructions and wing it with a "how hard can it be attitude"..and sometimes they find out sailing across the english channel without a compass is harder than it looks...fun, engaging, and entertaining, I will be ordering the first season on DVD, and sharing this program with friends
10 people found this helpful
BrianReviewed in the United States on June 27, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not great, but it gets better
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The first season, at just three episodes, is short and rather slapshod in content. The program's still trying to find its way, and some segments just don't work all that well (the celebrity timed tasks for one). The saving grace is James May himself. If you're a May fan, you won't be disappointed by this show. If you're on the edge on buying this, wait for season two to arrive on DVD. I can promise you you'll fall in love with the show, then come back to buy this one wanting even more.
9 people found this helpful
CraigReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
James May is one of the best presenters on the BCC
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If you watch Tom Gear and like Captain Slow you will enjoy this series.
A great set of 'lessons' for a man of the 21st Century.
I also purchased Man lab 2 same great material.
Edward J. SytnikReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Three episodes is not enough
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Man Lab will make you ask for more. A great blend of fact history science and comedy. James we on the other side pond want more
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