“The Rev Michael Curry may believe in love, but nowhere near as much as Oliver believes in fresh, healthy cooking”

Jamie's Quick And Easy Food

“He’s doing his stripped-back cooking; restricted to only five ingredients. It has completely changed his life and it is going to take the stress out of ours, too, he says. He is doing it to Back to Life by Soul II Soul – that is how stress-free it is, it is like the summer of ’89, before you had kids, remember? OK, I’m sold, Jamie.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“His zeal, his belief in his ability to cajole the nation into knocking up a nice risotto instead of reaching for a ready meal, is messianic. The Rev Michael Curry may believe in love, but nowhere near as much as Oliver believes in fresh, healthy cooking.”
Chris Bennion, The Times

“It’s just a pity Jamie the geezer is so annoying. He began last night’s opening episode by shoving his grinning mug right up to the camera, and making hand gestures like a singer from a boy band. The producers could probably have cut a third of the running time – or found time for a couple more recipes – if they had pruned some of Oliver’s adjectives.”
Michael Day, The i

“He still gets excited about the thing that’s in the oven behind him, he still comes out with his own down-to-earth way of describing things. The difference between the old Jamie and the modern one, perhaps, is down to confidence. He doesn’t have to lay on the charm with a trowel anymore and it seems all the more genuine as a result.”
Matt Baylis, Daily Express

“24 Hours in Police Custody positively revels in its ordinariness. Yes, the crimes are often as extreme as any recent EastEnders plotline, but the investigations are an exercise in the plodding and the banal. The coppers look so ordinary they could be in B&Q advertisements getting excited about discount hosepipes. Yet it always enthrals.”
Chris Bennion, The Times

“Channel 4’s fly-on-the-wall documentary 24 Hours in Police Custody would have made a great, downbeat procedural, but for one problem: how to improve on the drum-tight storytelling, pitch-perfect casting and awful climactic twist? At its best, this is one of the most compelling series on television.”
Gabriel Tate, The Telegraph