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Nigellissima

Nigella has become Nigellissima in her latest TV show. We're two episodes into Nigellissima now, so should you bother watching it? Let us tell you if it's worth the effort. 

For better or worse (let's settle on worse), Nigella kicked off the attractive chef who may or may not actually be any good at cooking trend.

BBC have tried to find successors  - Lorraine Pascale, Rachel Khoo and Sophie Dahl for example  - but none have reached Nigella's heady heights. As the BBC have found, it's a surprisingly difficult task to find someone who can mix cooking tips with Benny Hill style double entendres as adeptly as Nigella does.

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But even a good recipe can get boring after continually serving it up for nigh on a decade. And so, Nigella is back as Nigellissima.

This iteration of Nigella Lawson (we'll call her Gella 2.0 for short) still does all the Nigella things we've come to expect - bizarrely staged family dinners, light innuendo, soft focus camera angles and, occasionally, a couple of helpful cooking tips.

But in an age when even Harry Hill ran out of jokes to describe Nigella's TV shows, it's getting a little surreal.

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We're not sure the world needs a simplified version of Italian dishes, especially when the brilliance of Italian food stems from the quality of the ingredients and therefore, their simplicity, as opposed to the Blumenthal-esque qualities of preparation.

And what is sold on the show is stuff you either wouldn't make in a million light years (step forward, the Meatza) or stuff so minutely changed there's no need for a Gella 2.0 version of it.

The innuendo's still there but how many times can you hear someone say 'my buns are in the oven' before you start yawning?

Mondays, BBC2 8:30pm

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