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(Merged of all the known Boulestin one-offs into one article. Had I added them as separate articles, these would have very little detail and not have satisfied LMW's guidelines.)
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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]].
 
  
==Premise==
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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://www.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'', Boulestin also '''hosted various one-off shorts concerning cooking and non-cooking topics'''. All of these shorts are now permanently missing.
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==
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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 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.<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 23rd December 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 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://www.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 11th February 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 Mariniere 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 was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, these shorts 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>
  
==External Link==
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==External Links==
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*[https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5809093/?ref_=tt_cl_t1 IMDB page for Marcel Boulestin.]
 
*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4224846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_7 IMDB page for ''Milk Dishes''.]
 
*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4224846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_7 IMDB page for ''Milk Dishes''.]
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*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4612536/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_5 IMDB page for ''Polite Wine-Drinking''.]
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*[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4612846/?ref_=nm_flmg_slf_3 IMDB page for ''Boulestin and Middleton Again''.]
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 17:16, 18 April 2021

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 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.[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 23rd December 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 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 11th February 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 Mariniere 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 was broadcast live and was not recorded. Therefore, these shorts are now permanently missing. Boulestin and Middleton Again is the only short with a surviving photograph.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]