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'''''Milk Dishes''''' is an early BBC television cooking short broadcast on 5th June 1937.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Milk+Dishes&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''Milk Dishes''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> Hosted by French chef Marcel Boulestin, it was the second TV program Boulestin was involved in following [[Cook's Night Out (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)|Cook's Night Out]], and before his second series [[Dish of the Month (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)|Dish of the Month]].
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Hosting early television shows on BBC Television Service from 1937 to 1939, French chef Marcel Boulestin became known as the first TV chef.<ref>[https://facebook.com/BBCArchive/posts/onthisday-1937-the-first-edition-of-cooks-night-out-was-shown-we-think-it-was-th/733503580356008/ BBC Archive Facebook post crediting Boulestin as the first TV chef.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> Between hosting series like ''[[Cook's Night Out (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)|Cook's Night Out]]'', ''[[Dish of the Month (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)|Dish of the Month]]'', and ''[[Foundations of Cookery (lost early BBC cooking show; 1939)|Foundations of Cookery]]'', Boulestin also '''hosted various one-off shorts concerning cooking and non-cooking topics'''. All of these shorts are now permanently missing.
  
==Premise==
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==Milk Dishes==
According to the ''Radio Times'' synopsis of the show, ''Milk Dishes'' was created at a time where the UK population were encouraged to consume more milk drinks. Therefore, the short focuses on how to utilise milk in certain recipes, including a soup containing various spring vegetables. Boulestin would also discuss the drive in increasing public consumption of milk in England, claiming that consumption would not reach unsustainable levels, but would simply match France's general consumption levels, which at the time were higher than England's. The short lasted 15 minutes.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/5372b52e25334c12b5aa60c3ab893774 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising the short.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref>
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'''Milk Dishes''' is an early BBC television cooking short broadcast on 5th June 1937.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Milk+Dishes&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''Milk Dishes''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> It was the second TV program Boulestin was involved in following ''Cook's Night Out'', and before ''Dish of the Month''.
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According to the ''Radio Times'' synopsis of the short, ''Milk Dishes'' was created at a time when the UK population was encouraged to consume more milk drinks. Therefore, the short focuses on how to utilize milk in certain recipes, including a soup containing various spring vegetables. Boulestin would also discuss the drive-in increasing public consumption of milk in England, claiming that consumption would not reach unsustainable levels, but would simply match France's general consumption levels, which at the time were higher than England's.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/5372b52e25334c12b5aa60c3ab893774 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising ''Milk Dishes''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref>
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==Polite Wine-Drinking==
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Following the last episode of ''Dish of the Month'', Boulestin worked with British philanthropist Nesta Obermer on a short centred around wine. Broadcast on December 23rd, 1937,<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Polite+Wine-Drinking&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''Polite Wine-Drinking''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> the ''Radio Times'' synopsis of the short stated '''Polite Wine-Drinking''' concerned Boulestin and Obermer discussing what attributes are required to produce a bottle of quality wine, and how wine should be served.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/7836ca4255ce4601b65ce7b3b355f2e9 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising ''Polite Wine-Drinking''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref>
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==Boulestin and Middleton Again==
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In early 1938, Boulestin collaborated with gardener C.H. Middleton to produce a short that would combine cooking and gardening. The short, titled '''Boulestin and Middleton Again''', was broadcast on 20th January 1938.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Boulestin+and+Middleton+Again&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''Boulestin and Middleton Again''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> It involved Boulestin and Middleton discussing winter food, focusing on how to both grow and cook them successfully.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/482a1cdfab7a4245a347f9d380b2ebb0 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising ''Boulestin and Middleton Again''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> ​Based on the show's title and the ''BBC Genome Blog'', other shows featuring Boulestin and Middleton together were made,<ref>[https://bbc.co.uk/blogs/genome/entries/870b8571-134f-4ff6-90a5-3b933f29e388?filter=none ''BBC Genome Blog'' discussing Boulestin and Middleton collaborations.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> but these were not documented in any available ''Radio Times'' issue.
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==The Humble and Fashionable Mussel==
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Broadcast on February 11th, 1938,<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=The+Humble+and+Fashionable+Mussel&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''The Humble and Fashionable Mussel''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> it is unknown whether '''The Humble and Fashionable Mussel''' was an episode of ''Dish of the Month'', or a standalone short as detailed by ''Radio Times''. Regardless, the program involved Boulestin making Moules Marinières and Moules Poulette.
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<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/302bdeea7d1b4086b41563dce3c04222 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising ''The Humble and Fashionable Mussel''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref>
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==Bee for Boulestin/Blind-Man's-Buffet==
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Finally, broadcast on 21st May 1939,<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/search/0/20?adv=0&q=Bee+for+Boulestin&media=all&yf=1923&yt=2009&mf=1&mt=12&tf=00%3A00&tt=00%3A00#search BBC Genome archive of ''Radio Times'' issues, listing ''Bee for Boulestin/Blind-Man's-Buffet''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref> Boulestin teamed with Robin Adair and a gourmet food company to research whether food tasted the same when one was blindfolded. It is unknown what this short was called, as the relevant ''Radio Times'' issue titles it as either '''Bee for Boulestin''' or '''Blind-Man's-Buffet'''. Unlike the other shorts, which lasted around 10 to 15 minutes, this program was expected to last around 40 minutes.<ref>[https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/page/647a7f5d9f91488385b25182c5fc2f10 ''Radio Times'' issue summarising ''Bee for Boulestin/Blind-Man's-Buffet''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21</ref>
  
 
==Availability==
 
==Availability==
Like other early BBC television broadcasts, including all of Boulestin's shows, ''Milk Dishes'' was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, the short is now permanently missing. Unlike some of Boulestin's other programs, no surviving photos exist of the short.
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Like other early BBC television broadcasts, including all of Boulestin's shows, these shorts were broadcast live and were not recorded. Therefore, they are now permanently missing. ''Boulestin and Middleton Again'' is the only short with a surviving photograph.
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==Gallery==
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<gallery mode=packed heights=300px>
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File:Milkdishes.png|Listing of ''Milk Dishes'' in ''Radio Times''.
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File:Politewinedrinking.png|Listing of ''Polite Wine-Drinking'' in ''Radio Times''.
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File:Boulestinandmiddletonagain.png|Listing of ''Boulestin and Middleton Again'' in ''Radio Times''.
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File:Thehumbleandfashionablemussel.png|Listing of ''The Humble and Fashionable Mussel'' in ''Radio Times''.
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File:Beeforboulestin.png|Listing of ''Bee for Boulestin/Blind-Man's-Buffet'' in ''Radio Times''.
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</gallery>
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==See Also==
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===Early BBC Television===
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*[[Alexandra Palace's wartime television demonstrations (lost footage of private television transmissions; 1943, 1945)]]
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*[[An Inspector Calls (lost television adaptation of play; 1948)]]
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*[[Ann and Harold (lost early BBC drama television series; 1938)]]
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*[[BBC Election Night (lost coverage of British general elections; 1950-1951)]]
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*[[The Care of Your Car (lost early BBC motoring show; 1947)]]
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*[[Cook's Night Out (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)]]
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*[[Craftsmen at Work (lost early BBC documentary show; 1938, 1946)]]
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*[[Dish of the Month (lost early BBC cooking show; 1937)]]
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*[[First Aid (lost early BBC medical show; 1937)]]
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*[[Foundations of Cookery (lost early BBC cooking show; 1939)]]
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*[[Masks through the Ages (lost early BBC history talk show; 1937)]]
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*[[Opening of the BBC Television Service (partially found coverage of inaugural day of high-definition television service; 1936)]]
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*[[The Orchestra and its Instruments (lost early BBC music talk show; 1937)]]
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*[[RCA recording of BBC Television Service (found footage of pre-Second World War BBC television broadcast; 1938)]]
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*[[Sea Stories (lost early BBC talk show; 1936-1937)]]
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*[[Spelling Bee (lost early BBC game show; 1938)]]
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*[[Telecrime (lost early BBC crime drama; 1938-1939; 1946)]]
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*[[The Wasp's Nest (lost early BBC television adaptation of Agatha Christie short story; 1937)]]
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*[[Weaponless Self-Defence (lost early ju-jitsu television program; 1936-1937)]]
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*[[The World of Women (lost early BBC talk show; 1937)]]
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===Early BBC Sports Television===
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*[[1931 Epsom Derby (lost televised footage of horse racing event; 1931)]]
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*[[1937 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1937)]]
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*[[1937 International Imperial Trophy Race (lost footage of motor race; 1937)]]
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*[[1937 Wimbledon Championships (partially found footage of tennis tournament; 1937)]]
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*[[1938 Ashes Series (partially found footage of international test cricket match; 1938)]]
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*[[1938 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1938)]]
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*[[1939 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1939)]]
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*[[1947 FA Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1947)]]
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*[[1953 British Grand Prix (partially found footage of Formula One race; 1953)]]
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*[[1955 Scottish Cup Final (partially found footage of football match; 1955)]]
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*[[Archery (lost early televised toxophily; 1937-1938)]]
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*[[Arsenal 7-1 Hibernian (lost footage of charity football match; 1952)]]
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*[[Arsenal vs Arsenal Reserves (lost footage of early BBC televised football match; 1937)]]
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*[[Barnet 3-2 Wealdstone (lost footage of Athenian League football match; 1946)]]
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*[[The Boat Race 1938 (partially found footage of rowing race; 1938)]]
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*[[Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling (lost early BBC televised professional wrestling matches; 1938-1939; 1946-1947)]]
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*[[Charlton Athletic 1-0 Blackburn Rovers (lost footage of FA Cup match; 1947)]]
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*[[Darts and Shove Ha'penny (lost early BBC televised darts matches; 1936-1939)]]
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*[[England 0-1 Scotland (partially found international football match; 1938)]]
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*[[England 1-1 Scotland (partially found footage of international football match; 1947)]]
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*[[England 16-21 Scotland (partially found footage of rugby match; 1938)]]
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*[[England 3-0 France (partially found footage of international football match; 1947)]]
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*[[England 3-0 Rest of Europe (partially found footage of international football match; 1938)]]
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*[[Falkirk 3-2 Newcastle United (lost footage of football match; 1953)]]
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*[[Horace Lindrum vs Willie Smith (lost footage of televised snooker; 1937)]]
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*[[Scottish Universities 1-1 English Universities (lost footage of international football match; 1952)]]
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*[[Woods and Jack (lost early televised lawn bowls; 1937; 1946)]]
  
==External Link==
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==External Links==
*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4224846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_7 IMDB page for ''Milk Dishes''.]
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*[https://imdb.com/name/nm5809093/?ref_=tt_cl_t1 IMDB page for Marcel Boulestin.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21
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*[https://imdb.com/title/tt4224846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_7 IMDB page for ''Milk Dishes''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21
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*[https://imdb.com/title/tt4612536/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_5 IMDB page for ''Polite Wine-Drinking''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21
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*[https://imdb.com/title/tt4612846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_3 IMDB page for ''Boulestin and Middleton Again''.] Retrieved 18 Apr '21
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
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Latest revision as of 22:03, 6 July 2022

Boulestinandmiddletonagain2.jpg

Surviving still of Boulestin and Middleton Again.

Status: Lost

Hosting early television shows on BBC Television Service from 1937 to 1939, French chef Marcel Boulestin became known as the first TV chef.[1] Between hosting series like Cook's Night Out, Dish of the Month, and Foundations of Cookery, Boulestin also hosted various one-off shorts concerning cooking and non-cooking topics. All of these shorts are now permanently missing.

Milk Dishes[edit | edit source]

Milk Dishes is an early BBC television cooking short broadcast on 5th June 1937.[2] It was the second TV program Boulestin was involved in following Cook's Night Out, and before Dish of the Month.

According to the Radio Times synopsis of the short, Milk Dishes was created at a time when the UK population was encouraged to consume more milk drinks. Therefore, the short focuses on how to utilize milk in certain recipes, including a soup containing various spring vegetables. Boulestin would also discuss the drive-in increasing public consumption of milk in England, claiming that consumption would not reach unsustainable levels, but would simply match France's general consumption levels, which at the time were higher than England's.[3]

Polite Wine-Drinking[edit | edit source]

Following the last episode of Dish of the Month, Boulestin worked with British philanthropist Nesta Obermer on a short centred around wine. Broadcast on December 23rd, 1937,[4] the Radio Times synopsis of the short stated Polite Wine-Drinking concerned Boulestin and Obermer discussing what attributes are required to produce a bottle of quality wine, and how wine should be served.[5]

Boulestin and Middleton Again[edit | edit source]

In early 1938, Boulestin collaborated with gardener C.H. Middleton to produce a short that would combine cooking and gardening. The short, titled Boulestin and Middleton Again, was broadcast on 20th January 1938.[6] It involved Boulestin and Middleton discussing winter food, focusing on how to both grow and cook them successfully.[7] ​Based on the show's title and the BBC Genome Blog, other shows featuring Boulestin and Middleton together were made,[8] but these were not documented in any available Radio Times issue.

The Humble and Fashionable Mussel[edit | edit source]

Broadcast on February 11th, 1938,[9] it is unknown whether The Humble and Fashionable Mussel was an episode of Dish of the Month, or a standalone short as detailed by Radio Times. Regardless, the program involved Boulestin making Moules Marinières and Moules Poulette. [10]

Bee for Boulestin/Blind-Man's-Buffet[edit | edit source]

Finally, broadcast on 21st May 1939,[11] Boulestin teamed with Robin Adair and a gourmet food company to research whether food tasted the same when one was blindfolded. It is unknown what this short was called, as the relevant Radio Times issue titles it as either Bee for Boulestin or Blind-Man's-Buffet. Unlike the other shorts, which lasted around 10 to 15 minutes, this program was expected to last around 40 minutes.[12]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Like other early BBC television broadcasts, including all of Boulestin's shows, these shorts were broadcast live and were not recorded. Therefore, they are now permanently missing. Boulestin and Middleton Again is the only short with a surviving photograph.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See Also[edit | edit source]

Early BBC Television[edit | edit source]

Early BBC Sports Television[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]