|Country of origin United Kingdom|
No. of episodes 167
|No. of series 8|
Producer(s) Prospect Pictures
|Presented by Antony Worrall Thompson|
Running time 60-90 minutes (including adverts)
...Cooks! was an ITV cookery show, hosted by Antony Worrall Thompson.
There were different names for the show, depending on which day it aired. The Saturday morning show was called Saturday Cooks!, and the show which aired during the week was called Daily Cooks Challenge.
Worrall Thompson, who fronted a similar BBC One show, Saturday Kitchen defected to ITV in June 2006 after being poached from the BBC along with the production company that made the show (Prospect Pictures) in a deal negotiated by Alison Sharman. It was Sharman who originally brokered the deal that brought Antony to the BBC on Saturday Kitchen in the first place, before she herself moved to ITV.
A sister programme Sunday Feast aired on Sunday mornings. The programme was cancelled due to poor ratings.
A brand new series of Daily Cooks Challenge was broadcast from the 29 March 2008 - 21 May 2010.
Saturday Cooks! aired from 10 June 2006 – 15 December 2007. When it first started it aired at 9:25am but then was moved first to 11:30am and later, in 2007, to 12 noon. This was to initially compete with the BBC's offering Saturday Kitchen.
A spin-off series, Christmas Cooks! aired during the Christmas period in 2006 at 10:30am on weekday mornings on the ITV Network. It returned for a second series in December 2007. In 2008 Christmas Cooks! was replaced by Christmas Cooks Challenge. In the 2009 "Christmas Specials" there were 3 selected Christmas Cooks episodes which were repeated from 2008. In 2010 there were no episodes over the festive period.
A brand new series of Daily Cooks Challenge was broadcast from the 29 March 2010 - 21 May 2010.