The BBC’s rescheduling of Celebrity MasterChef has been a recipe for disaster, according to fans of the cookery show who have complained about it online.
The series, which sees famous faces including former topless model Linda Lusardi try to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace, is being shown at 2.15pm on BBC One before being repeated on Friday and Saturday evenings.
One viewer writing on the BBC’s Points of View message board yesterday said: “I hate the new time – I think the BBC are trying to do away with this programme.”
Another wrote: “Also am very annoyed about Celebrity MasterChef being moved to the afternoons. I watch and enjoy all the various versions of this programme and would like to see it being moved back to a slot in the evening.
“It is a very popular programme which is enjoyed by many people. Ratings will undoubtedly drop by showing it in the afternoon. Most people are at work and many other people simply don’t watch daytime TV. Please, BBC, move it back to an evening slot. There is little enough on in the evenings as it is.”
A BBC spokeswoman said this series was “one of the most intensive and entertaining” yet.
She said: “For this reason, we want to make Celebrity MasterChef available to the widest possible audience, with the show airing daily at 2.15pm followed by catch-up episodes on Fridays, at 8.30pm, and Saturdays in the early evening.”
The show, which is now in its sixth series, was won last year by actress Lisa Faulkner.