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Jamie's School Dinners

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 17 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:678
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner (
  1. Glasgow

Channel 4, 23 February to 16 March at 9 pm

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This series was more terrifying than The Exorcist. Jamie Oliver—loudmouth, Essex boy, school failure, and now celebrity chef—sets out to bring healthy school dinners to a whole London borough. His four part info-doc could have been dismissed as a self serving publicity stunt, but nothing prepared viewers for the real life horror they were to endure—lines of children shuffling along waiting for burgers, chicken nuggets, pizza, and chips, all washed down with carbonated syrup.

We are told it's “what they want” and “it's all that they will eat.” Jamie, however, has a different …

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