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Come Dine With Me is a British cross over of the reality and game show television genre's. The basic premise of the show is that four or five contestants cook and host a dinner party for the other contestants and provide scores for each others performance as host; the dinner party host with the best scores from the other contestants at the end of the week is declared the winner and receives a cash prize.

Throughout each dinner party a running commentary is provided to explain what is being eaten and to provide comedy for the viewers. In the U.K. the commentary is provided by comedic actor Dave Lamb; the sarcastic commentary provided by Lamb is reported to be one of the major reasons for the success of the show in Britain. Dave Lamb appeared in small roles in British comedy shows and radio shows before providing the voiceover for Come Dine With Me. Lamb also hosts the children's television show Horrible Histories: Gory Games for the BBC.

Produced in the U.K. by ITV Productions for the Channel 4 network Come Dine With Me has completed 26 seasons of the U.K. version. The show first aired in 2005 and has been scheduled during both daytime and primetime schedules on Channel 4; in the U.S., Come Dine With Me is shown by BBC America. In most episodes the contestants are amateur chefs from the general public of the U.K.; some special editions of Come Dine With Me have been produced featuring U.K. celebrities, including game show hosts and politicians.

ITV Productions has sold the format of Come Dine With Me to television production companies around the world. Countries which show versions of the show include Canada, Israel and Australia. In the U.S. the TLC network produces its own version of Come Dine With Me under the title Dinner Takes All offering the weekly winner a $1,000 cash prize.

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Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 05:30 pm on Channel 4
30 Seasons, 1150 Episodes - Returning Series
Reality, Food
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Come Dine With Me Full Episode Guide

  • The four celebrity hosts in this festive special are ex-Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan, presenter Kirsten O'Brien, comedian Mark Dolan, and Happy Mondays front man Shaun Ryder

  • It's the final day in Milton Keynes and competitive salesman Simon feels his fine dining will impress this critical bunch. But will he be derailed by the cheap jabs in store?

  • On day four in Milton Keynes host Helen is hoping a night of 'East meets West' will infuse her guests with the culinary excitement needed after a few nights of mediocre fare

  • It's the third day in Milton Keynes and the turn of management consultant David, who brings a treat for his guests in the form of dancing Vegas showgirls!

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