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Joe Wicks is on a mission to get people leaner and fitter in just 90 days
Not the Joe Wicks who went potty in EastEnders in 1997 but JOE WICKS: THE BODY COACH (Channel 4), who I gather is entirely sane.
This Joe, we were reminded last night, is on a mission, to get people leaner and fitter in just 90 days.
People, that is, such as market stall holder Elise, from Bradford.
As it happened Elise was already following the government’s five-a-day guideline but Joe still took nitpicking issue with this, possibly because in her case it was five different bars of chocolate.
Technique-wise, Joe Wicks favours a two-pronged attack. His first prong involves short, sharp bursts of exercise – a high-intensity, metabolism-boosting process known as HIIT.
As you’ll know if you’ve ever tried it, this stands for “Honestly, It Is Torture”.
“What you’re gonna do is bend one leg and drive that knee up really quick,” he told us as he demonstrated one exercise (the man is clearly clueless as to my knees’ limitations), “and make sure when you drive those knees up you give it some real welly…”
When Joe’s not giving things welly, real or otherwise, his second prong of attack is his “super-speedy recipes”, which he excitedly talks us through – or, more accurately, shouts, I’ve no idea why – at various points in the show.
Last night’s included his lean lamb madras (“We’re gonna get some big old chunks of lamb. Bosh! Get in there!”) and his own take on eggs benedict, which we were informed was “banging”.
Joe’s food, I’ll admit, looks nice – and seems jolly quick to knock up.
But can the rest of us match him for speed? Why, of course!
All we need is those fresh ingredients, sourced by our own team of researchers, who have then kindly washed, chopped, ground, sliced them etc, then neatly laid them out before us, plus a TV director who presses some magic button or other that helpfully puts the dull, laborious bits, such as the actual cooking, on quadruple speed.
See? We have no excuses.
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Elsewhere, what a joy to have Lesley Manville back for another series of the fine domestic sitcom MUM (BBC2).
Stefan Golaszewski’s writing is a masterpiece in comic understatement, with Manville the picture of quiet dignity as sweet-natured widow Cathy.
She doesn’t get the great lines but instead provides the fulcrum that allows a cracking cast of characters (all fairly two-dimensional but who cares?) to be at their funniest, from the kindhearted but stupendously dippy Kelly (Lisa McGrillis), her son’s girlfriend, to the fabulously raging grandad Reg (Karl Johnson).
How refreshing, too, to have the great Peter Mullan, as Cathy’s secretly besotted friend Michael, playing a man for once who doesn’t look as if he’s popped round to break someone’s legs.
Earlier, celebrating comedy of the less nuanced variety, we had BENIDORM TEN YEARS ON HOLIDAY (ITV).
A tad thin on analysis, it served instead as a celebration of this shamelessly old-fashioned show’s finest moments and also as a warning that the new series, boasting appearances from the likes of Hale and Pace and the Chuckle Brothers, is but a matter of days away.