current & recent shows
BBC ONE - ON AIR NOW
Cactus TV has made Britain’s favourite cooking show for BBC1 since 2006. The 90-minute show is now into its seventeenth series. Transmitted live from Cactus Studios every Saturday morning, it features amazing food cooked by some of the world’s greatest chefs, as well as entertaining chat with TV’s favourite celebrities – plus the best clips from the BBC’s food archive. This lively format regularly delivers over 2 million viewers on a Saturday morning.
SATURDAY KITCHEN BEST BITES
BBC ONE - ON AIR NOW
Matt Tebbutt introduces this 90-minute compilation show, which plays on BBC2 on Sunday mornings, and features the best bits from the extensive Saturday Kitchen archive.
MARTIN & ROMAN'S SUNDAY BEST!
ITV- ON AIR NOW
Hosted by father and son duo, Roman and Martin Kemp. Every Sunday morning Martin and Roman present a show packed full of live music, entertainment, fun and games, with "special access" to their father-son relationship and spin on life. The show also features stars from film, TV and theatre- but music is at the heart of Sunday Best! This is a whole hour of celebrity chat, fun and games.
BETWEEN THE COVERS
Coming soon to Friday evenings on BBC Two
Sara Cox hosts this irreverent, entertaining, mischievous BBC Two show, where books spark the banter. Each week, in this brand new series, Sara Cox will be joined by four brilliant, funny, famous faces, who will talk about the books they love, the books that made them cry and the books that made them laugh. One of the celebrities in each show will also have written a book which the rest of the panel will discuss. Each week, Sara and her guests will also discuss a new novel they have all read. The authors of these books will summarise the plot on film, before the talented panel get stuck into a passionate discussion – the ultimate fantasy book club that viewers can join from the comfort of their sofas at home. It’s Cactus TV’s long-awaited return to books, and we’re bringing them to prime-time! We can’t wait to recommend some un-put-downable books and get the nation reading ‘Between The Covers’…
BREAKFAST AT GARRAWAY'S
ITV- COMING SOON!
Hosted by Kate Garraway, with her assistant Myles Stephenson. Every Saturday Kate will welcome viewers into her studio kitchen / sitting room for a relaxed morning with guests, friends and their own family. She'll share their thoughts on everything from tips for finding joy in life, well-being, what to watch on TV over the weekend and what to cook for your Saturday night TV dinner. Kate's show will welcome celebrity guests from all entertainment genres and everyone will be on set together for the whole show.
THE SARA COX SHOW
ITV - SUMMER & CHRISTMAS 2019
Sara Cox eases ITV viewers into Saturday and Sunday mornings with this warm, entertaining show. Featuring funny, gossipy chat with Sara’s celebrity guests, and brilliant live music performances in the studio, it’s your weekly round-up of all the best stuff to watch, do, listen to, and read.
MODERN WHEELS OR CLASSIC STEALS
UKTV'S DAVE CHANNEL - 2018
New and exclusive to Dave, 'Modern Wheels or Classic Steals' pits racing driver and car dealer Rebecca Jackson against classic car collector and founder of the London Motor Museum, Elo. In each show, our two experts help a member of the public who's looking for a new set of wheels, by showing them some of the amazing cars you can get for your money. The question is, will the buyer blow their budget on one of Rebecca's modern motors, or one of Elo's classic offerings...? (20 x 30' episodes)
ZOE BALL ON SATURDAY / SUNDAY
ITV - 2018
Zoe Ball hosts this sunny, funny new entertainment show which kick-starts Saturday and Sunday mornings on ITV. Each warm, feel-good episode features Zoe chatting to famous faces from the world of TV, film, and comedy - plus there’s amazing live performances in the studio, from the hottest new music acts and established stars.
KITCHEN GARDEN LIVE WITH THE HAIRY BIKERS
BBC ONE - JULY 2017
For 5 weekday mornings on BBC One, Si King & Dave Myers serve up a feast of food, fun, and celebrity guests - live from their open-air kitchen garden at the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace.
ITV - 2014 - 2017
Aled Jones hosted this relaxed, easygoing and intimate chat show that offered entertaining celebrity guests and unique stripped-back musical performances.
BBC ONE - 2016
Matt Tebbutt and Andi Oliver serve up this special seasonal helping of festive fun. Packed full of hints and tips for taking the stress out of Christmas cooking, this two week series features celebrity guests, A-list Saturday Kitchen chefs, and classic clips from the BBC’s yuletide cookery archive.
W (UKTV'S FLAGSHIP ENTERTAINMENT CHANNEL) - FEBRUARY 2016
In these authored films, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sara Cox and Grace Dent explore how social media and new technology has affected 21st century attitudes towards fame, friendship and romance.
JOHN TORODE'S MALAYSIAN ADVENTURE
UKTV: GOOD FOOD – JAN 2016
In this 10-part brand-funded series, John Torode explores the diverse and exciting food culture of Malaysia, and shows how to make delicious Malaysian dishes here in the UK.
TASTE OF BRITAIN
BBC ONE - SUMMER 2014
In this 20-part series for BBC1, Janet Street-Porter and Brian Turner team up and take us on a unique tour of the UK. He does the cooking, she does the culture – as this unlikely double-act celebrate the beauty of Britain’s landscape, its food, history and architecture.
BBC ONE - SPRING 2014
Tom Kerridge hosts this seasonal companion show to Saturday Kitchen - a celebration of spring cooking.
BBC ONE - 2013 & 2014
James Martin hosts two series of this festive seasonal spin-off from Saturday Kitchen. Each day, James is joined by one of the stars of BBC1’s Christmas TV schedule, as well as an A-list guest chef, and the legendary Brian Turner.
CRIME THRILLER CLUB
ITV3 - 2013 & 2014
Marking the 6th year of ITV’s Crime Thriller Season, Bradley Walsh hosts this 6-part entertainment series, which features the biggest acting and writing stars from the crime thriller world.
THE MUNCH BOX
ITV / CITV 2013 & 2014
Layla Anna-Lee, Ben Ebbrell & Joe Hurd presented two series of this fun, lively children’s cookery show which features two teams of boys v. girls going head-to-head in fast-paced cooking challenges, overseen by a professional guest chef.
THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
2012, 2013, 2014 & 2018
This star-studded annual ceremony - created, staged and produced by Cactus – celebrates the authors of some of the year’s best-loved and most popular books, across a wide variety of genres. In 2018, Zoe Ball & Ben Miller hosted the awards from The Royal Institution. In 2014, the event was presented by Susanna Reid from inside Downing Street. In 2013 and 2012, Lorraine Kelly hosted at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge.
THE CRIME THRILLER AWARDS 2013
ITV3 – ANNUALLY FROM 2008 - 2013
Sponsored by Specsavers from 2009 onwards, the annual Crime Thriller Awards is an hour-long TV event created by Cactus, and first broadcast on ITV3 in 2008, hosted by Alan Davies. Filmed at the Grosvenor House Hotel, the star-studded awards ceremony celebrates the best in crime thriller films, TV shows and books. Since 2012, Bradley Walsh has been master of ceremonies for a glittering evening that features famous faces including Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Emilia Fox, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Penry-Jones.
THE ROUX SCHOLARSHIP
UKTV: WATCH & GOOD FOOD – 2013
This 10-part entertainment documentary series follows the talented young chefs competing in the 30th year of the renowned Roux Scholarship cooking competition. Featuring Michel Roux, Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, and Alain Roux - as well as Scholarship judges including James Martin, Rick Stein and Angela Hartnett - cooking doesn’t get any tougher than this...
THE ROUX SCHOLARSHIP MASTERCLASS
UKTV: GOOD FOOD – 2013
This 7-part companion series to The Roux Scholarship serves up amazing access to the all-star cast of Judges featured in the documentary. Viewers are treated to unique one-on-one Masterclass demonstrations of the dishes featured in the main series.
MADHUR JAFFREY’S CURRY NATION
UKTV: GOOD FOOD – 2012
In this fascinating 10-part documentary series, Madhur Jaffrey – the ‘Queen of Curry’ – returns to the UK, almost 30 years after she first appeared on British TV screens, to explore the way in which we Brits have taken her native cuisine to our hearts.
ITV3 – AUTUMN 2012
This entertaining 6-part documentary series, presented by Bradley Walsh, features classic clips and exclusive new interviews with stars of the crime thriller genre. Plus, it profiles the actors and writers nominated for prizes at The Crime Thriller Awards.
THE ROUX LEGACY
UKTV: GOOD FOOD – SUMMER 2012
This 10-part documentary series features unique access to all four members of the legendary Roux Family. It tells the story of the culinary dynasty that changed restaurant cooking in Britain for ever, and features incredible masterclass recipes.
THE TV BOOK CLUB
CHANNEL 4 & MORE4 – 2010, 2011 & 2012
With a 10-part ‘Spring’ and 8-part ‘Summer’ campaign airing each year on Channel 4 and More4, The TV Book Club is a studio-based show, filmed at Cactus, which offers viewers the chance to celebrate Britain’s best new writing. Each episode features a celebrity guest author who joins a group of regular readers, including Caroline Quentin, Jo Brand, Dave Spikey, Laila Rouass, Gok Wan, Stephen Tompkinson, Meera Syal and Ade Edmondson. The series spanned 5 seasons.
THE BIG BOOK BABBLE
Filmed on the stage of a London theatre, in front of an audience of schoolchildren, each lively, entertaining show features in-depth chats and Q&A with some of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors and illustrators – including Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Axel Scheffler, Charlie Higson and Anthony Horowitz.
BOOKED: STARS OF THE GALAXY NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
CHANNEL 4 – 2011
This 6-part series features in-depth interviews with the celebrity winners of the categories at The Galaxy National Book Awards 2011, plus highlights from the star-studded ceremony, hosted by Dara O Briain.
DROP DOWN MENU
CHANNEL 4 – 2011
Gizzi Erskine and Matt Tebbutt co-host this live studio-based cookery show, which aired each weekday lunchtime for 6 weeks. Each episode features celebrity guests, award-winning food producers, and a chance for the audience to vote on the clips they’d like to see from C4’s extensive food archive.
THE A TO Z OF CRIME
ITV3 – 2011
This entertaining 6-part documentary series, narrated by Marcus Brigstocke, features classic clips and exclusive new interviews with stars of the crime thriller genre. Plus, it profiles the actors and writers nominated at The Crime Thriller Awards.
TEN MILE MENU
ITV - 2011
Narrated by Caroline Quentin, this 20-part daytime show pits two teams (each composed of a celebrity paired with a top chef) head-to-head as they race around Britain, meeting great food producers and sourcing the best ingredients, to use in a climactic cook-off. Wherever the teams start, they can only travel 10 miles in any direction to source their ingredients – and the dishes they cook are judged by a panel of proud locals.
CHANNEL 4 – 2011
Fern Britton hosts this entertaining 20-part teatime chat show for C4, in which she chats to much-loved celebrity guests and remarkable real people with extraordinary stories to tell.