FAMILY Fortunes host Gino D’Acampo is cooking up another hit show — with a little help from his pal Gordon Ramsay.
The new programme will feature everyone’s favourite Italian chef attempting to spice up couples’ love lives by getting them together in the kitchen.
And after having fun sweating over a dish, the partners will be urged to raise the temperature in other areas of their relationship. The show, titled Gino’s Food Of Love, features his fellow chef Gordon as executive producer.
The two men’s friendship was made famous by their ITV Road Trip series with First Dates maitre d’ Fred Sirieix.
A TV insider said: “For the last year British couples have been cooped up at home, which has led to a surge in hapless home cooking and domestic boredom.
“As a red-blooded Italian, Gino knows the sensual joys that only food can bring.
“As far as he is concerned, if a couple can click in the kitchen, then it’s a recipe for clicking in other rooms too.
"Gino is becoming a hot property in TV because he has a huge following, is great fun and has a genuine skill.”
A pilot is being developed and is likely to air on ITV.
Gino is already signed up to appear in another show Gordon is producing.
Next Level Chef features cooks competing on a three-storey TV set.
Gino will be a mentor on the US show, alongside fellow chef Nyesha Arrington.
By the end of the year they could launch a whole channel with Gino on a 24-hour loop — and I’d still watch it.
Frill and spills for Katya
WE’RE used to seeing Katya Jones and Giovanni Pernice competing as they whizz round a dance floor.
But this week they became rival speed demons of a different kind.
The Strictly Come Dancing pros made the most of some downtime before the BBC1 show kicks off in a couple of months, to film an advert for a bingo company.
That involved racing remote-controlled cars around a London park.
Katya, in frilly tassel trousers, obviously emerged as the winner – judging by the smile on her face.
Nice work if you can get it.
STRIKER turned TV and podcast host Peter Crouch has listed what makes his new show such a blast.
He is thrilled Crouchy’s Year Late Euros: Live, from next Friday, is not recorded, can take place safely – and has a bar.
Peter also has praise for co-star Maya Jama, who helped him front Peter Crouch: Save Our Summer in 2020, when the Euros were cancelled.
He said: “She’s great. She’s effortless in the way she presents. She looks like she’s having a really good time but is professional.
“I look like I’m having a really good time but I’m unprofessional. Thankfully she links it all together really nicely.”
Rishi: My Netflix binges
WITH his hands on the nation’s purse strings, he’s among the most powerful people around.
So I don’t know whether I’m comforted or unsettled by the fact Rishi Sunak loves binge-watching Bridgerton and Emily In Paris.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed his current viewing habits, along with the programmes he used to watch as a nipper.
Like many British kids growing up in the Eighties and Nineties, the list included Byker Grove, Blue Peter and Grange Hill.
And Rishi revealed he has always been obsessed with the TV.
He told the Radio Times: “One of my vivid memories is the way you knew Christmas was coming in our house.
“My dad would come home with a copy of the Radio Times’ Christmas issue.
“That was a big day. We would sit there and circle things and figure out what we were going to record if there was another movie on at the same time.” He added: “I’m an enormous fan of the BBC.”
Which is a bit of a surprise, given that two of adult Rishi’s favourite shows are both screened on Netflix.
WILL & Grace star Debra Messing will headline the Netflix adaptation of Broadway show 13: The Musical.
The actress who played Grace Adler, housemate of lawyer Will Truman in the US sitcom, will join the all-star cast of the project, which tells the story of a 12-year-old lad called Evan Goldman.
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