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Two Fat Ladies (1996)

Jennifer Paterson , Clarissa Dickson Wright  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Paterson, Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 731 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00180IPR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,347 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Two Fat Ladies" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bios of Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Documentary tribute to Jennifer Paterson
  • Recipe booklet

Editorial Reviews

Vegetarians and the faint of heart, beware! But for everyone else, the Two Fat Ladies are back, and they are simply spectacular. In this British television series, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright cook for lunch, cocktail party, afternoon tea, picnic, breakfast, or dinner and travel (by motorcycle and sidecar) to a different location in each episode to cook a requested meal--usually laden with cream, butter, and meats (Jennifer notes of one tartine: "Delicious, despite its vegetarian overtones"). Yes, this is a cooking show, but with Jennifer and Clarissa's patter, it has the feel of a comedy. As they whip up Loin of Pork Stuffed with Mushrooms and a pot of Clam Chowder, the Two Fat Ladies sing the praises of bacon (Clarissa hints at a risqué past when she notes that bacon is a great hangover cure; not that she gets hangovers anymore. Other allusions to falling off barstools and beer for breakfast are dotted throughout). The meals look sumptuous--salmon soaked in wine and topped with orange rings, Brazilian bean fritters, fruit tartlets, vichyssoise, and so much more--and it's terrific fun following the women as they go sightseeing (a motorcycle rally, watching a male choir, on a quest for the perfect drink at the Brazilian embassy, at a brewery, picking strawberries). Jennifer is likely to break out in song or rhyme, and Clarissa tells interesting facts and gossip from her life. They chitchat about tips for picking up men, the fact that nutmeg is a hallucinogenic, the beauty of British military boys, how you can't get crackling in Scotland or France. So, be prepared to learn how to core a kidney (and who knew kidneys needed coring?), make cracker crumbs, and laugh along at the antics of these two rather large women. The Two Fat Ladies are destined to become a cooking classic. The four-season, 24-episode DVD set includes biographies of Paterson and Wright, a documentary tribute to Paterson, and a recipe booklet. --Jenny Brown

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Product Description

"An antidote to solemn cooking shows" -- The Boston Globe

"An Anglophile’s delight" -- The Boston Globe

"Go-for-the-gusto cooking style" -- The Wall Street Journal

With an outsized passion for fun, Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright take cooking and conversation to places where ordinary food shows dare not go. These eccentric dames crisscross the British Isles on their Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle and sidecar, preparing sumptuous feasts for all manner of folks, from lumberjacks to teenage lacrosse players. They shun faddish, health-conscious fare in favor of big, old-fashioned flavor -- usually enhanced by bacon, cream, and butter.

All the while, the ladies hilariously hold forth on every topic under the sun, often bursting into song as the spirit moves them. Their generous wit and lust for life remind us that fine cooking -- like fine dining -- always goes better in good company.

Join Jennifer and Clarissa on all 24 of their adventures, from a Benedictine abbey to the Brazilian embassy. As Jennifer would say, "Quelle treat!" As seen on Food Network and public television.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE bios of Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright, documentary tribute to Jennifer Patterson, and a recipe booklet.

Customer Reviews

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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Show! June 25, 2008
What a wonderful release -- I received an advance copy, and can report that this DVD set is a real treat!

Here's a disc-by-disc breakdown (all episodes are about 29 minutes long):

Disc 1 (173 min.): Fish & Shellfish, Meat, Fruits & Vegetables, Cakes, Game, Food in the Wild

Disc 2 (202 min.): Lunch, Cocktail Party, Afternoon Tea, Picnic, Breakfast, Dinner, Christmas Dinner

Disc 3 (202 min.): Benedictine Nuns, The Pony Club, The Cambridge Eight, Barristers, The Air Race, Lock Keepers, A Caribbean Christmas

Disc 4 (154 min.): Potatoes Galore, On Safari, Timber!, A Day at the Races + the Bonus Program "A Tribute to Jennnifer Paterson"

This set includes all 24 full-length episodes of Two Fat Ladies (didn't Food Network cut out several minutes to fit this show into a 30-minute slot?) plus a wonderful 38-minute special about the life of Jennifer Paterson and an 8-page booklet with eight recipes featured in the series. Five stars all the way!!
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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full-throttle DVD Release Ahead, Ladies!! May 5, 2008
It's time to "bubble and squeak" with joy!

In the history of cooking shows, this one remains a true Iconic TV Classic. It is utterly unique and richly deserves this complete DVD series release - just as richly as the flavors that run through the dishes featured!

Part cooking show, part comedy, part travelogue, part buddy-show but ALL entertainment, fun and very, very British, Two Fat Ladies featured Clarissa Dickson-Wright and the late Jennifer Paterson, both middle-aged and overweight.

It originally ran for three seasons, from 1996 to 1998 on BBC Two. Repeats of the show also appeared on the Food Network in the US, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Australia. In total, only 16 episodes were produced, but it was more than enough to propel the women into unlikely, beloved, worldwide celebrities.

The show featured the pair traveling throughout the United Kingdom on Paterson's signature Triumph Thunderbird. Wright rode in the sidecar and, appropriately, hurled hysterical a-sides down the country roads as they rode to unusual and often, historic destinations to feed large groups.

In general, wherever the ended up, they used existing kitchens to cook and often incorporated ingredients unfamiliar to American pallets, like lard and drippings, raw eggs and unpasteurized milk products. They emphasized the importance of using freshest ingredients of the very best quality, eschewing supermarkets for farms and roadside stands along the way. Interestingly, the use of these heavy, rich ingredients led to criticism by some journalists who considered them a bad influence on the British diet.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot say how thrilled I am that this long-awaited DVD is being released in the US. The Two Fat Ladies remains my favorite cooking show of all time. The Food Network would do well to toss some of their no-name bobbleheads and bring back this excellent show.
I currently own the VHS Series 1 and 2 tapes, and bring them out at least once a year for some "comfort viewing". Clarissa and Jennifer are refreshing and funny, their show is a joy to watch.
Having made a few of their less-intimidating recipies, like Chocolate Fruit tarts, I can say that in addition to their show being hilarious and entertaining, the recipies are delicious and easy.
More importantly, Clarissa and Jennifer were frontrunners in the current movement towards less processed food and seeking out good local ingredients, rather than purchasing imported schlock from the local supermarket.
You will certainly enjoy this DVD, it's unusual, fun, and a pleasure to relax and enjoy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's French, but only in a way..." July 8, 2008
So said the delightful, departed Jennifer Paterson as she and her chum Clarissa whipped up a batch of vichyssoise. This is a wonderfully entertaining show, that rare cooking show where what was being made sometimes took a backseat to the antics of the show's stars. Their glee is contagious.
The Food Network edited these episodes significantly; some were seen unedited in the US on PBS. Hopefully these discs will contain full episodes. Most of what was cut turned out to be the gals bashing neighboring countries ("The only good thing the Dutch ever came up with was cocoa"). As Jennifer would say, "Never mind." We can handle it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying Life and Being Yourself October 20, 2008
This set of DVD's is a pure delight. We live in an America where everything is sanitized, pretty, and size 6 or smaller. Here are two fat ladies who tool around on a motorcycle with a side car, meet interesting people while seeing their country, and throw together some pretty amazing dinner parties. They aren't pretty, they aren't glamorous, and they have fun being themselves without worrying about what anybody else thinks. And clearly, the people that they encounter along the way enjoy the experience! What a great lesson in life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a cooking show.... July 31, 2008
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These shows are what cooking is all about, and even if you choose not to eat some of their dishes, as I, the shows are such great fun that the pleasure comes not just from their creations but from the cooks themselves, their stories and quips, their adventures, and of course, the lovely scenery and kitchens which are refreshingly different for every single show.

I have been a long-time fan and still lament over Jennifer Paterson's untimely death. When I saw that this show FINALLY went to DVD, I pre-ordered in about 5 seconds flat, then passed out from the sheer excitement of anticipating my order's arrival.

These are wonderful, informative shows, and FUN FUN FUN! Jennifer and Clarissa pull no punches and do not ruin our day with worries over too much of this cream and too much of that butter. Indulge yourself and enjoy.

And, as if that were not enough to send me to heaven and back on a sheet of shortbread, there are 11 - count 'em -ELEVEN MORE episodes than were available on VHS (which of course I purchased ages ago). PLUS the bonus feature about Jennifer Paterson. I am thrilled beyond all measure, and so thankful to the media reps responsible for getting these wonderful shows put on DVD. Thank you!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRReally good stuff!! With some buttah even!!! Or anchovies..:)
Published 7 days ago by Doctah Groovy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love Love Love!
Published 8 days ago by Heidi M. Offutt
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
Great video set and very good service!
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Altabas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price and quick delivery!!
Published 1 month ago by LobsterBoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the humor and knowledge of these ladies. Wish PBS would have these on again.
Published 2 months ago by Lois S. McKinnon
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not only a fun, odd
Really, what can you say? It's not only a fun, odd, fascinating cooking show, but a quirky and beautiful travel show to boot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Leon Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars for fun and food
Can't go wrong with the gals, for fun and food.
Published 2 months ago by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best $35 I've spent in a long time!
This is a great collection! Jennifer and Clarissa make most of the people on cooking shows today look like poseurs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Most brilliant, experienced, tell it like it is chefs on TV or films
Totally enjoyable, nothing negative. Perfect. It gives an extremely vivid portrayal of English cuisine and the United Kingdom/Commonwealths. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Butch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I have loved this show for years. Recently my tape of the episodes began to deterioate to the point of being unwatchable. I was so sad but I found this cd and ordered it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Francis Fagans
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Are the Two Fat Ladies DVD's closed captioned?
Acorn's DVD release of the Two Fat Ladies programs includes SDH subtitles for the hearing-impaired, which are comparable to closed-captioning.
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