Table Manners with Jessie and Lennie Ware

By Jessie Ware

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Jessie Ware hosts a podcast about food, family and the beautiful art of having a chat, direct from her very own dinner table. With a little bit of help from her chef extraordinaire mum Lennie, each week guests from the worlds of music, culture and politics drop by for a bite and a bit of a natter. Oversharing guaranteed.

Produced by Alice Williams

Episode Date
S12 Ep 7: Billy Porter

A Dutch baby and champagne was only right for this week’s guest, even if it was before noon….the iconic Billy Porter.

We spoke to Billy about moving from New York and living his new life in Long Island, falling in love with musical theatre after watching ‘The Whizz’, his turkey burger speciality, working with Jade Thirlwall and MNEK on his debut single & his many many projects! But most importantly we discussed who would play Billy’s bodyguard if we remade the movie. A joy to listen and learn from Billy, and we ask you….Could he be even more fabulous than Lennie?! Billy, we love you! x


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Nov 24, 2021
S12 Ep 6: Reggie Yates

The man that does everything!! This week we welcome the wonderful Reggie Yates to Table Manners. Reggie talks to us about his West African heritage; his mum’s Ghanian cooking - we all want a bit of her special peanut soup - his love of apple crumble & growing up in north London. We chat about his wondrous career; from hosting radio shows in his bedroom aged 10, to becoming a TV and Radio favourite & now writing and directing his first feature film ‘Pirates’ (out now and well worth a watch!). Reggie we absolutely love you ! Enjoy! X


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Nov 17, 2021
Bonus Episode - Laura Jackson

It's officially Autumn – our favourite time of the year – and what better way to celebrate it than to get my good pal Laura Jackson over to mum's for a good old hearty seasonal meal. This bonus episode is sponsored by Sainsbury's & their fantastic new Autumn Edition Taste The Difference range. We tucked into truffle houmous, chicken with a delish truffle mash potato and root vegetable gratin and for pud the most delightful Winter Berry Crumble. 

We talked to Laura all about growing up in a family of 8 in Huddersfield & how she’s become THE hostess with the mostess. She tells us all about her love of the humble bean, eating the best Gazpacho in San Francisco & tracking down napkins from Mexico City. Her new homeware and lifestyle brand, Glassette launched this week and we couldn’t be prouder. It’s absolutely amazing. X


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Nov 12, 2021
S12 Ep 5: Emily Ratajkowski

Zooming in from New York, this week we have American supermodel and actress Emily Ratajkowski on Table Manners. 

Born in London, raised in California & childhood summers spent in Europe, Emily talks to us about her favourite food across the globe.

We discuss baby led weaning with her son, pumpkin pie pregnancy cravings & where to get the best gin martini in New York. 

Emily’s new book ‘My Body’ is out now.


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Nov 10, 2021
S12 Ep 4: Jade Thirlwall

It was an HONOUR to have our first little mixer in the house! We welcome the wonderful Jade Thirlwall to mum's for her fave meal, a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings. 

Jade turned up in full glam after a long photo shoot so it was just what the doctor ordered for our girl. She talks about her mum’s mince pies - and not the Christmas kind - her penchant for putting crisps in a tuna sarnie, drinking Malibu and always wanting the economy meal on the aeroplane. We discuss her beautiful relationship with the LGBTQ+ community and her obsession with Diana ross. It’s all in there! Thank you Jade, you gem x


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Nov 03, 2021
S12 Ep 3: Jack, Hilary & Michael Whitehall

This week we welcome mum’s new best friend, Hilary Whitehall with husband Michael, son Jack and a doll called Winston round to Clapham for a spot of Lebanese lamb. 

Jack talks to us about his lockdown venture Food Slut, his misjudged drinks & canapés parties at Manchester University & how he got into stand up comedy. We talk about Hilary’s home cooking, La Poule Au Pot & 10 things you can do with Marmalade, sadly not included in Jack’s new book ‘How To Survive Family Holidays’ which is out now and will definitely come in handy in our house X


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Oct 27, 2021
S12 Ep 2: Tom Daley

So this week is absolutely golden in every sense of the word … we welcome the king of knitting & GOLD Olympic award winner Tom Daley to mum's for lamb and dauphinois. The Plymouth born diver talks to us about his Tokyo Olympics experience, his childhood desire to be a pilot, how he met his husband Lance and their first kiss. We chat about the importance of parenthood; losing his dad at 16 years old and the relationship he has with his own son. This really was a treat; a true charmer, our golden boy. We love you Tom! 

Oh and you might have noticed we’ve rebranded.. Introducing Table Manners with Jessie AND Lennie Ware! Nobody puts Lennie in the corner!!

(...and as we also mentioned Jessie has a new podcast out called 'Is It Normal? The Pregnancy Podcast'.

If you are pregnant or know somebody who is we'd love you to have a listen x )


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Oct 20, 2021
S12 Ep 1: Stanley Tucci

And just like that, we are BACK and ready to take over your Wednesdays! 

We hope you all had a lovely summer; Mum has enjoyed plenty of holidays and I had a baby. 

We’ve got some AMAZING guests lined up for you for this series and what better way to start that with fellow foodie, Hollywood star and absolute gent, Stanley Tucci.

Stanley talks to us about growing up in New York, filming his latest TV show ‘Searching For Italy’ & his fight against cancer. He celebrates his mother’s cooking (& her famous lunchbox lunches!) & reveals his less than fine dining experience with Meryl Streep. Stanley’s food memoir ‘Taste’ is fantastic and is out now. Here’s to a fabulous start to another series xx


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Oct 13, 2021
S11: Extra Helpings 2

This week we have one more serving of extra helpings for you. This second episode includes some more of our favourite bits from the past year and a previously unheard conversation with Dan Levy. Hear telling us about his Mum’s cooking and Lennie getting the giggles about muff diving @themuffkitchen! Tom Jones lets us in on some of Elvis’s unusual eating habits, Dawn French tells us about falling in love and Angela Hartnett chats about how her cooking journey began. Hear our tempers getting the better of us as we revisit our infamous argument in front of Paul & Mary McCartney...We’ll be back with a brand new series this Autumn! Listen, share and enjoy! X


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Sep 01, 2021
S11: Extra Helpings 1

Despite the different lockdowns and restrictions we’ve had over the past year, we’ve kept going and it’s been an absolutely stellar year of Table Manners with such fabulous guests from all around the world. 

Whilst we gear up to Series 12 (how did that happen?!) we’ve put together a couple of episodes of highlights to serve up as an extra helping. 

In this first episode, listen back to hear Dolly Parton’s room service order, Michael McIntyre’s embarrassing dad behaviour, Yungblud ordering pints at Noma, Take That’s game of ‘King Naan’, me fangirling over Kylie Minogue & Lydia West’s gem of knowledge about ordering cookie dough from Pizza Hut. 

Listen, share and enjoy!! X


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Aug 25, 2021
S11 Ep 32: Munya Chawawa

To end the series we have another first for Table Manners... a Satirist, the hilarious Munya Chawawa on this week's podcast. Munya talks to us about his Zimbabwean upbringing & his love of Sadza. We discuss crying over Blue songs, crashing Tinder, Watermelon Daiquiris, his wish to marry Baby Spice & falling in love on the radio. We love his parodies and we love him. 

A couple of episodes of highlights from the past year are coming up in the next two weeks then we’ll be back with the snazziest series yet on October 13. See you soon! X


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Aug 18, 2021
S11 Ep 31: Ed Sheeran

We welcome back one of our very first Table Manners guests this week.. a relatively unknown - but cracking chap - the one and only Ed Sheeran. Gorgeous Ed joins us over zoom for an almighty catch-up. We discuss his wedding food (that I really indulged in), how to drink vintage wine, cups of tomato soup before bed, his wife Cherry’s vegetable garden & teaching his daughter Lyra to have good Table Manners. He’s back with a new banger, Bad Habits and we are here for it. Thanks for coming back Ed, Lennie owes you and the family a home cooked meal x


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Aug 11, 2021
S11 Ep 30: Lauren Mayberry (Chvrches)

This week we welcome my daughter’s absolute favourite, Lauren Mayberry from the fantastic Chvrches to Table Manners.

The Scottish singer zooms in from LA and talks to us all about living in California, searching LA for the best curry, her mums ‘rats-pooey’, eating nachos with her dad, her love of creme eggs and she introduced me to ice cream clowns! We chat about the hopeful return of live music & Chvrches upcoming album ‘Screen Violence’ which is out on Aug 27th x


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Aug 04, 2021
S11 Ep 29: Maisie Williams

Arya Stark is in the kitchen!! We’ve been after the brilliant Maisie Williams for a long time and finally she’s here. Fashionista and queen of Game Of Thrones talks to us about her upcoming role in Danny Boyle's ‘Pistol’, spending lockdown in France, going to Pizza Express with her mum and growing her own vegetables. She’s been in GOT since the age of 12 (her very first acting job!) so gives us the lowdown on who’s the fussiest eater in the cast & who’s besties on set. 

What a little treasure. Enjoy! x


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Jul 28, 2021
S11 Ep 28: Ruby Wax

This episode was recorded a while back but its worth the wait. Actress, author, comedian, writer, mental health activist & all round fabulous woman Ruby Wax popped over to mums for some Salmon & Ginger coriander crumb - from the cook book of yours truly. We discuss how she only ate sausages as a child, not leaving the house without honey in her handbag, inviting Obama over for dinner, hanging out with Alan Rickman & how she created the fantastic Frazzled Cafe meetings. 

Ruby’s book ‘And Now For The Good News’ is out now and it’s brilliant, go and give it a read. X


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Jul 21, 2021
S11 Bonus: Tom Grennan

Thanks to Jameson, we’re serving you an extra tipple this week – a special bonus ep with the wonderful Tom Grennan. 

Whilst mum sips on a delicious Whiskey Sour cocky t (a mocktail for me!), Tom tells us about what festivals he’s hoping to play this summer, how he’s hoping to get to a Nao show and what’s he most looking forward to doing now things are opening up. We talk about his collaboration with Calvin Harris, being a part of James Bay’s football team & the perks of his mum being a cookery school teacher. What a lovely guy!


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Jul 16, 2021
S11 Ep 27: Emerald Fennell

This week we welcome actress, director and writer, the phenomenal Emerald Fennell round to Lennie’s for Tarragon Chicken and banana ice cream! We chat everything from her time in Call The Midwife, to writing & directing the absolute must - see Promising Young Woman and now her latest venture, writing Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical 'Cinderella’. She talks about meeting her husband in Paris, the art of getting a free Pret coffee and what she’s working on next. We loved having you Emerald and we’re inviting ourselves over for a Fennell Eurovision / karaoke night!! X


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Jul 14, 2021
S11 Ep 26: Lianne La Havas

What a joy it was to be reunited with the wonderful Lianne La Havas this week. We met way back when I supported Lianne on her tour in 2012 & now she joins us round the table at mums for a vegan feast. 

She tells us all about growing up & eating with her Jamaican family in South London, her great grandmas red pea soup, her Greek heritage & love of Spanikopita, how she hates chocolate custard & her supermarket shopping trips with the one and only Prince. Love this girl, enjoy! x


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Jul 07, 2021
S11 Ep 25: Annie Murphy

This week, we zoom into Central Park to chat to the delightful Annie Murphy! We talk to dear Annie about the fact she nearly gave up on acting before getting the role of everyone’s favourite sister, Alexis Rose in Schitt's Creek. Growing up in Canada, Annie tells us about adoring Fawlty towers and Columbo, her Mum’s edible ‘contraption’ and dreaming of fondue in Paris. All washed down with a good glug of beer as Annie teaches Lennie what IPA is. 

Annie next time you’re in town, it’s a Ruby Murray and a Stella with Lennie and Jessie! 



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Jun 30, 2021
S11 Ep 24: Zac Posen

Zooming in from New York, this week we welcome American fashion designer Zac Posen to Table Manners. He’s dressed the likes of Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Princess Eugenie to name but a few, and now he’s here chatting to us about his favourite type of lettuce and where to get the best oysters. 

We discuss his love of British culture, Notting Hill hedonism, baking birthday cakes with his mum, dressing Miss Piggy for the Oscars & being the emperor of ice cream. Zac wins the award for most decisive guest when it comes to choosing his last meal, even adding table accessories for each course! We loved chatting to him. Zac’s cook book ‘Cooking With Zac’ is out now. X


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Jun 23, 2021
S11 Ep 23: Andrew Wong

This week we invite over the 2* Michelin chef Andrew Wong to Lennie’s. He kindly brings over the main, his cod head dish (which mum was incredibly nervous about) and showers ma with gifts! We chat about leaving Oxford uni, instant noodles and growing up working in his family’s restaurant (where he met his wife). He also talks about his Mum’s sugar sandwiches and how his kids hate his food. We loved having you Andrew, especially when we watched you eat a fish eye. You can listen to his podcast XO Soused now.


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Jun 16, 2021
S11 Ep 22: Jack and Clare Penate

To celebrate my new book, Omelette coming out tomorrow, we thought it only right to invite the original Friday Night Dinner guests at the Ware Household, musician Jack Peñate and his mum Clare Penate. We celebrate 25 years of friendship and meals together, our ‘silver anniversary’ and memories of 90s dinner parties, what Jack and I dined on whilst touring America back when I was his backing singer and I discover what Fray Bentos is! This is a special episode, with a special family and I hope you enjoy listening to it. Omelette is out tomorrow! Yikes! X


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Jun 09, 2021
S11 Ep 21: Ed Miliband

This week we welcome the ex leader of the opposition, labour MP Ed Miliband. We talk about his refugee parents and his Polish mothers food, his love for Chinese food and his new passion, cold water swimming!

He is candid about his times as leader of the Labour Party the challenges and some regrets. We chat about his book Go Big, he has seconds of Mum’s main and chuckles at her pudding, an Eton mess. Although Ed was such fun (and we could have talked for hours!), Mum lost all sense of her Table Manners and sadly Ed was allocated a strict 2 hour slot at Chez Ware…. Lennie had the United Europa final to watch!! He was a good sport about it, even when she booted him out onto the street at 8pm on the dot!!!

An absolute pleasure to have you Ed, have a listen to his excellent podcast Reasons To Be Cheerful and go and get inspired by Go Big, out tomorrow! X


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Jun 02, 2021
S11 Ep 20: Michelle Visage

We recorded this beaut of an episode with the one and only Michelle Visage, who came over to mums for a ‘Thai Pie’. Michelle talks about growing up in New Jersey, being adopted by a Jewish family and moving to NYC to be taken into the House of Magnifique where she became a part of a voguing troupe and later best friends with Ru Paul. She chats about her 90s girl group, working with Ru and the story behind her iconic name.

We talk everything from her collaboration with Steps with their song 'Heartbreak in the City', to her love of the West End and Broadway! We love you Michelle, you are so so fabulous and it was heaven spending the afternoon with you. X


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May 26, 2021
S11 Ep 19: St Vincent

We welcome the phenomenal St Vincent to Table Manners. Talking to Annie in her LA studio over zoom, we chat about going blonde, growing up in Dallas with her family and eating - by her own admission - some questionable canned food and meat. 

Mum manages to coax her into agreeing that nobody really likes kale and we hear about her step dad's 'Schloop', working in a Mexican restaurant and being a gal who doesn't like her salad dressed.

Annie ain't a cook and pulled in the help of Taylor Swift to teach her some culinary skills and she may be the most rock n' roll guest we've had, saying she would have a martini as her main for her last supper. 

I'm still seething that she didn't make the pop vocal choir at school and if you need any DIY tips, she's just done her mum's place up during lockdown all whilst making a cracking new record, Daddy's Home!

Have a listen. Annie we love you X


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May 19, 2021
S11 Ep 18: Paul and Mary McCartney

How do you behave when you have a music icon on your podcast? Well, you have a massive fight in front of him of course!

Aside from a small bout of bickering, we had lunch with Sir Paul and Mary McCartney and talked about 30 years of Linda McCartney's legacy in the vegetarian food market. We hear about Mary’s adventurous childhood on tour with Wings, Paul talks about life after The Beatles and they share memories of becoming vegetarian with Linda cooking a macaroni turkey so Paul could carve something at Christmas. Lennie crowns them ‘the Vegeneers’, Paul talks about his famous margarita cocktail ‘Maccarita’ and explains the real way to eat Yorkshire puddings. He also offers us a step by step brief on how to make the perfect bagel, gives us a quick eye yoga lesson and reveals how the song Let It Be came about. We could have gone on forever!!

It was an honour and absolute pleasure to have Paul and Mary on the podcast. 

Linda McCartney’s family kitchen cookbook out June 24th.


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May 12, 2021
S11 Ep 17: Guy Garvey

This week we welcome Manchester mensch Guy Garvey over for lunch. We chat to Guy over Ottolenghi lamb and pistachio patties about being dragged to black pudding stalls in Bury market growing up, his original worker bee tattoo and the importance of eating pies up north. He tells us how he met his wife Rachel at a wedding over cigarettes, having dinner with Joan Collins and his secret ingredient - instant coffee - in his spag bol sauce. This week, Elbow are celebrating 20 years of their first album ‘Asleep In The Back’ and we find out the band's favourite karaoke spots on tour. We love Guy even more as he brought over two bottles of wine and a second pud from Soho's finest, Cafe de Nata . Enjoy! X


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May 05, 2021
S11 Ep 16: Tom Jones

We were delighted to have our most requested guest, Sir Tom Jones, over to Lennie’s for lamb shanks, a lemon curd roulade and a chat about his new album ‘Surrounded By Time’. We go way back and talk about Tom growing up in the 50’s, playing marbles, falling in love and getting married at 16. We also hear about his beloved mother’s corned beef pie. He reminisces about meals shared with Elvis Presley, Las Vegas bourbons with Frank Sinatra & Tom’s son / manager Mark even makes an appearance, telling us how his Dad isn’t a very good cook..!! We loved having you Sir Tom, thank you! Enjoy! X


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Apr 28, 2021
S11 Ep 15: Laura Mvula

This week we invite Laura Mvula over for lunch. Laura is about to bring out her third record on July 2, Pink Noise, so to celebrate Lennie made a sumptuous chicken, spiced potatoes, salad and Nigella's salted chocolate chunks!

We talk about the ‘changing landscape’ in the music industry, her musically gifted siblings and her podcast series ’So You Wanna Be A Musician’ she launched with her sister. 

We go from growing up in Birmingham in a Christian household to a first kiss in Jamaica, supporting Prince on tour to Single Ladies being her karaoke song. It's all in there! 

Love this girl and it's a joy to have her back with such wonderful music!


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Apr 21, 2021
S11 Ep 14: Benny Blanco

We welcome back one of my favourite people in the world, Benny Blanco to TM. Mum didn't get to be in the episode we recorded in LA years ago so it felt only right to chat to Benny again! He talks about his new album Friends Keep Secrets 2, working with Gracie Abrams, his 2 cooking shows about eating (hence why Ben and I get on so well) and being the king of slow cooked meat. We manage to finish off his last supper meal (last time I think the devils lettuce may have interfered with that) and you all get to hear his greatest hit yet, the ambient pioneering sound of Benny weeing whilst talking to us on zoom. Enjoy! X


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Apr 14, 2021
S11 Ep 13: Naomi Scott

Now that we can record outside, it was a pleasure to have over the treasure that is Naomi Scott for a Tuna Nicoise salad and Orange & Almond cake.

We first met at a Vogue x Tiffany fashion party for the BAFTAs and I adored her. Everyone knows her for playing Princess Jasmine in the Aladdin remake, but now she has turned her hand to fictional podcasting, producing and starring in 'Soft Voice' alongside Olivia Cooke and Bel Powley. It's fab. 

Naomi talks about growing up as the Pastor's daughter, her Nan’s cooking and early memories of making Chapati's together.

She also talks about her (very handsome) husband who she met at 16 at church and growing up surrounded by gospel music in Hounslow. By the way if you haven't heard her voice, you will soon. It's incredible.

We agree that Naomi has good table manners and I believe she is the first guest to list a banoffee pie as her last dessert (made by cousin Hannah). Great choice!!! 

Lennie can't get a word in edge ways (sorry mum), we loved her coming over! Xx


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Apr 07, 2021
S11 Ep 12:

Fill up my cup! We have on TM! Will talks about his ‘pancizza' creation (a pancake pizza), being a vegan over the past 4 years, how he loves a song with ‘boom’ in the lyrics and growing up eating his Mum’s goulash. We get to learn how 'Ordinary People' came about with John Legend, Black Eyed Peas record label stories, his involvement with Beats and singing ‘mazal tov’ around the world!!

Black Eye Peas new single ‘Shake Ya Boom Boom’ is out now with Static & Ben El


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Mar 31, 2021
S11 Ep 11: Jon Sopel

This is a GREAT episode. Zooming in from Washington DC, we talk to BBC North America Editor Jon Sopel about his new book ‘UnPresidented'.

Jon reveals that he was known to Trump as 'the guy who asks stroppy questions in the briefing room’. We get to hear about Obama's Christmas parties and the exquisite food laid on compared to the fries and chicken wings at Trump's do. He's been - and reported from - everywhere and we hear what family life is like for an international correspondent. 

Growing up in the East end and spending a lot of time at the Jewish Youth Centre, he tells us about his bar mitzvah and the injustice of his friend's being allowed to sneak off with luncheon vouchers...

He longs to go to the Holly Bush pub in Hampstead as soon as he’s back in London and talks about having a TikTok account, thanks to his daughter who was incredibly impressed that he’s on Table Manners!

And we will leave you with this gem from Mr Sopel - 'Food off other people’s plates contains no calories'. Enjoy!


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Mar 24, 2021
S11 Ep 10: Hannah Ware

The time has come for the world to meet Lennie's number one, The One's leading lady and the one who knocked her little sister's front tooth out. Zooming in from LA, and making a classic Ware effort in her dressing gown, Hannah Ware joins Table Manners! 

Boyfriend Jonah (who runs the fab Freedman’s LA restaurant) is on hand to be sound tech and meal translator whilst Han talks about having heart palpitations when sharing a takeaway meal with Jessie. 

We talk about about hiking (aka walking up a hill), her new no.1 charting Netflix show The One, eating above Barneys and she lends a tip to ‘always moisturise your elbows because they show your age'.

Her last meal involves a vodka martini with a twist, and McDonald's fries and we talk about mum being the host with the absolute most. 

It's a family affair! Don't miss it!


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Mar 17, 2021
S11 Ep 9: Dan Levy

This guest has not only won every award under the sun, now he's had Lennie get the ring light on and quote every line of his global television phenomenon, Schitt's Creek to him! We welcome with wide, open, Jewish motherly arms the sensational Dan Levy to TM!

Fresh off the back of Golden Globe wins, we natter with this Toronto mensch from his childhood home and discuss his love of Heat magazine, London and working with his family. 

He's not a fan of vegetables is our Dan, with a carb heavy last supper, but we forgive him as he makes us swoon over Schitt's Creek stories, his Pret order and his karaoke song choice. Now I'm desperate to set him up with Dr Alex so he can become my brother in law.

Dan Levy everyone! You're absolutely welcome! X


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Mar 10, 2021
S11 Ep 8: Lydia West

"La!" We've got the divine Lydia West from the extraordinary C4 show 'It's A Sin' on this week's Table Manners.

But we must thank Olly Alexander for putting a good word in for us!

Currently filming an Apple TV series called Suspicion, Lydia dazzled us with her smile and maybe her fabulous zoom lighting that mum instantly bought online.

Aged 25 when she got into acting, Lydia talks about growing up in Barnet with her mother the feeder, her dad the amazing chef and her Irish granny round the corner who does a mean lamb roast and pineapple upside down cake.

We chat comfort eating on set, cheesy beans on toast and being in a movie with Celine Dion.

We realise Lydia is keeping Pizza Hut busy buying up their warm cookie dough.

She also sticks up for mum for the leopard print sleeve in our cookbook! Everyone needs a Lydia; the sunniest girl and a shining star in British drama! X


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Mar 03, 2021
S11 Ep 7: Fearne Cotton

With over 40 million listens on her podcast, it felt only right to celebrate the wonder of Fearne Cotton as she starts a new series of Happy Place this week.

A voice and personality we all know and love, Fearne talks about everything from her Happy Place Festival, being in the public eye and loving an early night to writing books, including her new Sunday Times Bestseller Speak Your Truth which is out now.

We chat about homeschooling, Ombar chocolate, the Disney Club's amazing canteen lunches and growing up at the end of the Metropolitan line. 

Tuna pasta bakes and sandwich spread sandwiches are a memory of her mum's cooking and Fearne talks about turning 40, being a vegan, a drunken karaoke night with Greg James, her well loved chunky red lentil soup and meeting her husband Jesse. 

It was such a treat to speak to you Fearne, such a generous, kind and bloody prolific woman and congrats on a new series of Happy Place xxxx


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Feb 24, 2021
S11 Ep 6: Andrew Lloyd Webber

We welcome our 2nd EGOT guest (Emmy, Grammy, Tony, Oscar), the musical LEGEND Andrew Lloyd Webber!

Andrew talks to us over zoom about his new musical Cinderella opening in spring and written by Emerald Fennell (side note watch Promising Young Woman!).

Mum and Andrew bond over their loathing of kale and we salute his campaign for getting theatres open safely. We also learn about his brilliantly rude Aunt Viola, one of the first TV chefs who wrote one the rudest cookbooks he’s ever read.

Andrew also talks about his ALW foundation and campaigning for secondary school children to receive weekly music lessons. We chat about his favourite musical of all time, being a TikTok sensation and an unforgettable New Years Eve party with Shirley Bassey and Joan Collins.

His last supper includes a spenny bottle of red and we had the most fun chatting away to this brilliant man!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella will open Spring 2021


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Feb 17, 2021
S11 Ep 5: Jenna Coleman

This weeks guest is the glorious star of 'The Serpent’ Jenna Coleman! She tells us all about how she had to learn French for the role of Marie-Andree, taking a 1970’s pencil sharpener home from the set as a memento and filming in Bangkok & wait for it.... Tring!! We discuss her upbringing in Blackpool, hiding cream cheese sandwiches in vases, childhood karaoke sessions with @charlottechurch and what she'd have on her last day of food. We loved having you Jenna (even if your WiFi was shite) and hope to have you over soon for some chicken soup - Mum is working on the gluten free matzoh balls as we speak! X


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Feb 10, 2021
S11 Ep 4: Slowthai

With Mum being a huge connoisseur of hip hop and rapping, this week we invited the brilliant Slowthai to join us over Zoom from his studio basement at his Mum’s in Northampton. We chat about recording his brand new album, ‘Tyron' during lockdown, Sunday roasts, his Mum’s secret ingredients for the perfect roast potatoes and his go to meal to impress his fiancé. Mum asks about award shows and alcohol and we find out that he's still owed 50 quid for a hot sauce challenge he won. His brand new album ‘Tyron’ is out on Feb 12th. Oh, and I have a little announcement of my own, my book ‘Omelette' is available for pre order now. A book about family, friends, chaos and my undying love of food and eating x


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Feb 03, 2021
S11 Ep 3: Angela Hartnett

Big week! Mum had her vaccine, Joe Biden is now president, Mum also discovers Muff Kitchen and her first drag name is suggested (thanks Martha Delacey). 

But more importantly, we have the incomparable Angela Hartnett on TM! Talking to us from her Spitalfields home, we chat about what's for tea, being in a culinary 'power couple' with her partner, working for Gordon Ramsey and we discuss the difficulty the hospitality sector is facing during the pandemic.

Mum learnt what ‘ready for the pass’ meant and Angela talks about her ’nonna' teaching her how to cook Annalini, a Christmas tradition. Are there any other chefs out there that hate coriander as much as Angela? 

Last but not least, we talk about 'Seat At The Table’ campaign - a petition to the government to get a hospitality minister for her industry. We would love you to take a moment to sign it. 

Her new show Celebrity Best Home Cook is on BBC One, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 26th January at 9pm and iPlayer on demand - enjoy! x


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Jan 27, 2021
S11 Ep 2: Eva Longoria

Back in September, we talked to the delightful Eva Longoria. At the time of our chat over Zoom, she was working hard campaigning for Joe Biden to become President.  With her own cookbook having come out in 2011, we talked recipes, cooking after long flights and she taught us how to make her ‘4 minute chicken taco recipe’. The Desperate Housewives star offered up tips on how to make banana bread and she loves a strawberry rhubarb pie, stockpiling rhubarb in her freezer. 

She also told us what a dab hand David Beckham is in the kitchen and how he taught her how to make shepherds pie - with the addition of tomato ketchup.

We discuss growing up in South Texas, why 'life’s too short to drink bad wine’ and her penchant for caviar.

She also manages in a short space of time to teach us a table manner or two. Enjoy! X


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Jan 20, 2021
S11 Ep 1: Elizabeth Olsen

New year, new series and TIER 5000 ain't gonna stop us bringing you Table Manners, no siree! We have got a great series lined up for you, kicking off with none other than the queen of Marvel & Table Manners' biggest fan - Elizabeth Olsen. 

Elizabeth talks about growing up in the Californian Valley, her mums 70’s food habits, her friendship with HAIM & being the younger sister to Mary Kate & Ashley. 

We managed to record this prior to the national lockdown restrictions meaning mum was able to cook up a storm & we chatted over wine and a feast. What a delight it was, we love Lizzie!  

WandaVision, an original series from Marvel studios is available on Disney + from January 15th.


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Jan 13, 2021
S10 - Christmas Nibbles

To round off 2020, I invited a handful of our favourite Table Manners guests back for our very own little Christmas drinks do! (Via zoom of course ) I didn’t tell mum who was coming...hence the screams!! 

Who listens to Mariah Carey ‘All I Want For Christmas’ all year round?? Who missed out on a main role in the school nativity? Who normally spends Christmas in Norway & who’s going to be dressing the whole family in Disney PJs this year?

Pour yourself a glass of mulled wine crack open the baileys, reach for the Terry's Chocolate Orange and tune in to find out. 

We LOVED recording this one and we think Yule really enjoy it too 😉

If you can, here are some amazing charities to donate too this Christmas - 

Fare Share

Magic Breakfast

Happy holidays everyone! See you in 2021!!

(PS - this episode was recorded prior to recent government Tier 4 restrictions)


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Dec 23, 2020
Bonus Episode - Sam Fender

Thanks to Jameson, we’re serving you an extra tipple this week – a special bonus ep with the wonderful Sam Fender. Whilst sipping on delicious cocktails, Sam tells us where he’s most excited about performing when things go back to normal and for one of his Nights Worth Waiting For he is longing for a ‘staff curry’ at his favourite restaurant in North Shields. He tells us about recording his new album in Ireland and why he chose to cover Lindisfarne's’ ‘Winter Song’ for his new single. What a charming guy, Sam – we love you!


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Dec 18, 2020
S10 Ep 14: Robbie Williams

I used to have his posters plastered on my walls (and ceilings), cry at his concerts and now I’m spending my Friday evening zooming him with my mum. This week we chat to the one and only @robbiewilliams. 

Robbie tells us all about who in @takethat can handle the spiciest curry aka ‘King Naan’, his love of Coke Zero, what happens when you eat too much tuna, Stokey Oatcakes & just how much he loves his wife. Let Him Entertain You... link to listen in bio x


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Dec 16, 2020
S10 Ep 13: Gemma Arterton

The greatest compliment I have ever received is that my doppelgänger is this week's guest Gemma Arterton, so obviously I discussed that with her, as well as our shared love of marmite and peanut butter and how we both have a sister called Hannah. 

Gemma tells us about growing up in Gravesend, eating Yak, her love of baking, filming in the Nepalese mountains & cheese being her one true love.

Gemma stars in Black Narcissus which airs on BBC1 on Christmas Day so make sure you tune in! Enjoy!


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Dec 09, 2020
S10 Ep 12: Dolly Parton

This is a BIG one!!! Straight out of Nashville, the one and only Country ICON Dolly Parton joins us on Table Manners.

We chatted to Dolly - dressed head to toe in festive gear - back in October, before her beautiful book Storyteller had reached these shores and before we knew she had potentially helped cure covid with her generous donation to help fund a covid vaccine. 

As well as telling us all about cosying up with Michael Buble on her new christmas record ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’ she talks to us about her upbringing in the mountains, being one of 12 children, her speciality of Chicken and Dumplings, that Glastonbury show and the very first time she heard Whitney Houston sing her song on the radio. This was a total pleasure and a real pinch yourself moment (hence my over talking).

Hope you enjoy listening to this as much as we enjoyed chatting to everyone's favourite storyteller. X Link in bio


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Dec 02, 2020
S10 Ep 11: Meghan Trainor

Dialling in from sunny LA, Meghan Trainor joined us on Table Manners dressed in her best festive get up to talk about her new Christmas album ‘A Very Trainor Christmas’.

As well as music, we chat about pregnancy cravings, her love of Pop Tarts, double dates with Chloe Moretz & how nothing beats Pizza Express in London. To top it all off, we were treated to a rendition of Beyonce - Single Ladies by mum (Meghan's Karaoke song) – enjoy!


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Nov 25, 2020
S10 Ep 10: Yungblud

(Warning, I think this guest swears more than me) 

Before we entered Lockdown 2.0, we had the pleasure of high tea’ing with a young gentleman by the name of Yungblud at mum's.  

Whilst sipping on champagne and eating sausage rolls, Dominic talks all about Hobnobs, Yorkshire tea & his mum’s Doncaster cake shop ‘Jaffa & Cakes’, named after the family sausage dog.

He tells us about his rockstar lifestyle; hanging out in 'Hollyweird', nights out with Brooklyn Beckham, elephant tattoos & just wanting a pint of lager at Noma, the best restaurant in the world.

What a charmer! Yungblud's new album, WEIRD is out Dec 4th, you can pre-order it now.


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Nov 18, 2020
S10 Ep 9: Simon Rogan

This week we welcome Michelin star chef Simon Rogan to Table Manners. We recorded this back in September when Simon came round to mum's for a socially distanced Prawn Saganaki and a Simon Rogan Apple Tart. We talk about The Lake District, learning his trade in a Greek restaurant, getting starstruck at Tears For Fears, his farm, where he produces the finest local ingredients for his restaurant L’Enclume and his move away from a sports career!

Now we’re back in a UK lockdown, Simon has launched 'Simon Rogan At Home', which offers nationwide food deliveries - go and support if you can. Now more than ever the hospitality industry needs our help.


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Nov 11, 2020
S10 Ep 8: Cat Deeley

I think this week's guest loves Champagne even more than mum does! Queen of the telly @catdeeley came over for scallops and plenty of champers and we had a jolly good laugh. Cat talks to us about growing up in Birmingham, meeting her husband on Fame Academy, his movie style declaration of love, making it stateside & we reminisce about SMTV days with @antanddec 

She swapped her pudding for another glass of champagne and proudly admitted to having bad table manners - Cat, we salute you! Cat’s new children’s book ‘The Joy In You’ is out now xx


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Nov 04, 2020
S10 Ep 7: Shea Coulee

"Her name is Shea Couleé, and she didn't come to play, she came to slay!” & THAT THEY DID!!! We were lucky enough to get RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Winner on Table Manners this week and what a dream it was. I've been a HUGE fan of Drag Race (Mama Ru please can I be a guest judge) so it was a pleasure to have the generous, kind and BEYOND fabulous reigning champ Shea tell us about the creation of Ms Couleé, learning to do makeup & who’s their best drag queen friend. 

Currently living in Chicago, Shea tells us the go-to hot spots on where to eat in the city, their speciality of whipping up a good ramen, Froyo lusting, adding vodka to a blueberry pie (we need this recipe!) & eating oysters – to chew or not to chew?! 

Shantay, you stay Ms Coulée x


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Oct 28, 2020
S10 Ep 6: Dawn French

As you know - mum's chicken soup comes out for the big guns and this week's guest is no exception. Soup was demanded and joyfully served for the brilliant Dawn French to commence an evening of intriguing and confessional conversation. 

A fellow foodie, Dawn tells us all about what makes the Cornish pasty, her favourite eating spots in Cornwall, making ‘breakfast cake’ in lockdown and her experience of boarding school dinners and butter. We talk about disastrous auditions, a shared love of Drag race and falling in love. What a delight it was! Check out Dawn's brand new book ‘Because Of You’ that is out now x


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Oct 21, 2020
S10 Ep 5: Grace Dent

The fantastically glamorous Grace Dent arrived in Clapham having already won mum over with her leopard print dress as soon as she step through the door. The broadcaster, author and restaurant critic joined us round the dinner table for mum's delicious harissa meatballs whilst mum and I fawned over her every word.

We heard about her dad’s famous ‘Sketty’, her love of Angel Delight and a drink she describes as ‘Happiness In A Glass’ - a Pina Colada. The Masterchef regular tells us about growing up ‘up north’, her 'sarcastic face', memories of watching the Blackpool illuminations and how she can get into any restaurant she wants... We obviously exchanged numbers and I'm now will happily be her future plus 1. 

Her absolutely brilliant and touching memoir ‘Hungry’ is out on October 29th and is available to preorder now.

Here’s the recipe for mum’s Lamb Harissa Meatballs:


1kg minced lamb

2/3 thick slices of bread

300 ml milk

Handful of mint chopped

Handful of parsley chopped

1 tsp dry oregano

Large tsp of cummin

2 cloves of garlic crushed

Grated zest of one lemon



3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp olive oil

2 cans of tomatoes

10 cherry tomatoes halved

1 tablespoon of harissa

Handful of basil


Soak the slices of bread in milk for a few minutes. Add lamb, herbs, garlic and lemon and mix thoroughly with a fork. 

Make small balls of mixture( golf ball size) and put on a large baking tray.


Make sauce by frying garlic, adding all tomatoes and harissa. Cook for 10 minutes. Whilst sauce is cooking, griddle or grill the meatballs until they are browned. Then put in sauce and cook for 20/30 minutes. 


Sprinkle chopped basil on top before serving with mashed sweet potato and/or rice

Autumn Courgette & Charred Sweetcorn Salad:

6 small corn on the cob

4 courgettes cut into strips or diagonal 

Bag of salad (rocket or ruby chard)

Olive oil 

Sherry vinegar 

Pepper and salt

100 grams feta

Heat oil in griddle

Griddle then corn on cob until cooked

Then griddle courgette to get nice stripes

Allow to cool

Put bag of salad in bowl

Put courgette on top 

Strip the corn from the cob and add to salad. 

Add few extra chard leaves on top. 

Add sprinkle of salt and pepper

Dash of olive oil and a tablespoon of sherry vinegar 

Crumble feta on top


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Oct 14, 2020
S10 Ep 4: Chris and Rosie Ramsey

This week we welcome wonderful fellow podcasters Chris & Rosie Ramsey to Table Manners. We recorded it on publication day of their brand new book, ‘Sh**ged.Married.Annoyed.' which has been a HUGE success (Sunday Times bestseller). The excellent couple join us on Zoom to talk about eating too fast, who has better Table Manners and never getting full on a Pizza. Who knew that Rosie sang at a Leek & Onion Show? Or that Chris hosted the world Parmo making competition? Full of exclusives this one! What a phenomenal team they are, love their podcast & love them. Enjoy!


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Oct 07, 2020
S10 Ep 3: Kylie Minogue

This is big. This is huge!!!!!

The one and only ultimate pop princess and style icon arrived in Clapham, followed by paparazzi on a hump day. 

Kylie was the first concert I ever went too and we named our guinea pigs after her (and Jason) so who can blame me for the fangirl situation! Kylie tells us all about her upbringing in Australia and her journey to fame, where Charlene's famous overalls are now & how she’ll only have a questionable half sized cup of tea. 

As if we couldn’t love her anymore, she arrived with a special delivery of her delicious wines @kylieminoguewines - We should be so lucky!! 

Listen to Kylie's new single Magic out now x


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Sep 30, 2020
S10 Ep 2: James Bay

He didn't wear the hat, but Lennie still loved having James Bay round for dinner. The 'Hold Back The River' heart-throb joined us at mum's for Some Coq Au Riesling (thanks for the recommendation Mr McIntyre), a Passionate Eton mess and plenty of the most delicious red wine courtesy of James. We spoke about busking, his legendary Grammys performance, jumping up and down on a trampoline with Rosie Huntingdon Whiteley, writing his 3rd album and eating cold Heinz Five Beanz. Whadda guy, what a gent. Go and have a listen to James’ wonderful new single Chew On My Heart now.


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Sep 23, 2020
S10 Ep 1: Michael McIntyre

It's season 10 and we bagged a podcast newbie! Mr Michael McIntyre - we knew we’d love you but now we are absolutely HOOKED! You have finally broken my fear of watching comedy, with this front row seat to your hilarity and three hours of laughing 'til we cried! From the moment Michael walked in (thermometer in hand), we did not stop laughing. We spoke about fridge habits, restaurant etiquette, egg-offs with his wife and his mum, excitable Rosé, trying to be cool for his children & food pronunciation! Michael taught us about olive oil on Pistachio ice cream.... Michael, we love you - please come back for Chocolate mousse soon and maybe some rosé? 

Michael McIntyre : Showman is out now on Netflix - go and give it a watch! X


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Sep 16, 2020
Extra Helpings ep. 2

We are serving you another episode of extra helpings before series 10 starts next week. This week we have BAFTA winner Aisling Bea and mum have a discussion about dogging, Jo Brand talks about her worst ever heckle and Scary Spice reveals she has fainting goats.

We also have Kiefer Sutherland's excellent Hollywood anecdotes, Mel and Sue on sourdough starters and Florence Pugh keeps it clean with dildos and dog toys. Last but not least, we had to have John Bishop and veganism in there. Lap it up and we will see you next week with brand new Table Manners!!!


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Sep 09, 2020
Extra Helpings ep. 1

Whilst we gear up for Series 10 we’ve put together a couple of episodes to serve up as an extra helping - some of our favourite moments from Table Manners over the last few series. 

In this first special highlights episode, listen back to blow-torch gate with Hayley Squires, singalongs with Haim & mum asking Antoni Porowski to strip off! From David Schwimmer rinsing Dr Alex’ banana bread to London Hughes on vegans and Roisin Murphy beating her meat - it’s all in there! Listen, over share and enjoy! X


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Sep 02, 2020
S9 Ep 30: Melanie C

I tell you what I want....Sporty Spice in mum's back garden dressed in her best sports gear, midriff showing with a champagne in her hand. Well, for our last episode of the series (don’t worry we’ll be back with another serving VERY soon!) The wonderful Melanie C came over for afternoon tea, for a real life, face-to-face chat & it was such a treat. Melanie spoke about leaving home at 16, initially missing out on getting into the Spice Girls, being in the studio with the legendary Left Eye Lopez and how she can’t resist a Tommy’s Margarita. Mum made a delicious lemon drizzle cake with mashed potato (yes really) and we sipped pink champagne. What a dream.

Go and listen to Melanie's new single 'In and Out Of Love' now. 

Table Manners will be back next week with a special 'Highlights' episode, and we’ll see you for the next series very soon. X


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Aug 26, 2020
S9 Ep 29: James Blunt

Not only has this week’s guest sold over 20 million records, but he also owns his very own pub and a restaurant in Verbier. 

Best known for his hit ‘You’re Beautiful’ (don’t worry, there is a rendition from mum), James Blunt came over to Clapham at the end of last year & joined us for some delicious Eggs Arnold Bennett (thanks for the recipe Felicity Cloake!) James talks about his service in the army, living in Ibiza, how he can’t resist an In & Out Burger and why he doesn’t have any food on his rider. Blunty everyone, enjoy!


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Aug 19, 2020
Bonus episode - Roman Kemp

This week, thanks to our friends at Nespresso, we’re giving you an extra shot of Table Manners with the dish of the airwaves & coffee enthusiast, Roman Kemp.

With pop royalty as parents, Roman tells us about his musical upbringing (and his mum demanding family harmonies), having a Kray as a father & George Michael being his godfather! From pleasurable pizza in Positano, to eating fish eyes in the Jungle – this episode has it all. What a delight this was, enjoy (and maybe have a Nespresso iced coffee with it)!

Disclaimer: I embarrassingly got my Bucks Fizz and my Pepsi & Shirley mixed up, mortifying and please forgive me Shirley! It was a hot day and I crossed my bubbly wires! 


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Aug 14, 2020
S9 Ep 28: Twiggy

On Table Manners this week, we welcome the iconic Twiggy. Mum was particularly excited about this one; they both grew up in the swinging 60's & mum admits to having dressed up as Twiggy in her school days. Twiggy spills the tea on her days of touring the world; winning 2 golden globes, turning down Steve McQueen for a dance and the time Sonny & Cher threw her a party in Los Angeles. Twiggy gushes over her mums savoury mince pie & her love of an artichoke. Check out Twiggy's brilliant new podcast ‘Tea With Twiggy’ now.


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Aug 12, 2020
S9 Ep 27: Alanis Morissette

Isn't it ironic having a zoom date with Alanis Morrisette? No - but that doesn't matter!!! This was a moment for us. Mum & I are both HUGE fans of this international goddess so it was an honour and delight to have her on the podcast.

Born in Canada, raised in LA & now living in San Francisco – Alanis tells us about her upbringing, being a twin, her family life and her journey to success. She loves a bit of broth, grew up eating her mother’s Hungarian goulash & can’t remember what her wedding food was! We talk feminism, 'unschooling' and swearing along with so many other things.

Alanis is currently celebrating 25 years of her seminal album Jagged Little Pill. Whilst mum managed to avoid singing on this one, she did try and find out who ‘You Oughta Know’ was about and ALMOST got an answer! What a legend.


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Aug 05, 2020
Ovie Soko Live From #SamsungKX

#AD | Welcome to Casa Amor aka #SamsungKX! We’re serving up an extra helping this week with the help of @samsunguk & it’s Connected Living experience! Samsung gave us free reign of their top notch kitchen for the day where we cooked up our onion quiche (a la Carly Rae Jepsen!) & hosted a special episode of Table Manners with the charming Ovie Soko. 

Since winning the heart of the nation, on what his mum called ‘Vanity Island’, Ovie has gone on to become one of the Island’s most well known contestants. He talks to us about his Nigerian heritage, his love of Jollof rice, going to collage in Alabama and his continued side career of being a basketball player!

Despite supporting Arsenal, he exceeded every expectation & received an A* report which went straight on to the infamous Love Island WhatsApp group! Go and have a listen. 


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Jul 31, 2020
S9 Ep 26: Adam Lambert

This episode was recorded last year but is worth the wait. Probably one of our most glamorous guests to dates; Adam Lambert arrived in Clapham in his blue platforms fit for a Spice Girl or Marc Bolan and the most divine velvet suit. The Indiana born superstar tells us all about his experience on American Idol & his more recent worldwide touring with Queen. We talk all about the importance of a tour outfit, having tequila on the rider and his favourite food spots from around the world....His album Velvet is out now, go and give it a listen to a belter of a voice x


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Jul 29, 2020
S9 Ep 25: George Alagiah

This week's guest has topped the leaderboard for mum and what a pleasure it was to have the charming & delightful George Alagiah on Table Manners. 

Zooming in from Hackney, the long standing BBC broadcaster, journalist and best-selling author tells us about his upbringing in Ghana, his experiences of being a foreign correspondent, interviewing Nelson Mandela & his love for writing thrillers!

We hear all about George’s Nando's order, his mum's Sri Lankan cooking & how he learnt his Table Manners from his aunt Greta. 

What a joy! x


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Jul 22, 2020
S9 Ep 24: Jake Bugg

From Pot Noodles to Nobu, this week’s guest is our kind of guy! Hugely successful singer, songwriter Jake Bugg tells us about his musical journey so far; being signed at 17, touring with Noel Gallagher, Karaoke in Japan & being the theme tune for BBC TV Series Happy Valley (but he hasn't even seen it yet). 

We talk plenty drinks and school 'lunches' back home sneaking a quick beer before maths lessons! Despite choosing sorbet over ice-cream, Jake was a wonderful guest. Go and check out his new single Rabbit Hole which is out now.


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Jul 15, 2020
S9 Ep 23: Michael Sheen

Tuning in from South Wales, this week on Table Manners we welcome superstar screen actor, theatre don and fellow UNICEF ambassador Michael Sheen. 

Sheen talks to us about growing up in Wales, eating his grandmother's famous Cawl and tinned potatoes.

Having become an international star (despite being scouted by Arsenal Football club Youth team as a child!) Sheen tells us about his USA go-to diner recommendations, his obsession with coffee & doughnuts & missing Welsh food whilst living in LA. We also talk about the brilliant work he is doing in Wales to support the arts. And if you haven't watched his BBC 1 lockdown comedy, 'Staged', with David Tennant, do it, it's so good.

Michael and I are proud UNICEF ambassadors and have both visited Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where the Rohingya people fled after the atrocities they faced in Myanmar. Cox's Bazar now holds the largest refugee camp in the world. On this episode we share our stories and experiences. Thank you for listening & please do what you can to donate to UNICEF's appeal to help the world's most vulnerable children. You can find out more here -

Michael, what a pleasure! X


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Jul 08, 2020
S9 Ep 22: David Lammy

This week we welcome Tottenham-bred Labour MP David Lammy to Table Manners. It was a pleasure to zoom him in from across London and talk all about his 20 years of serving as a member of parliament for Tottenham, the Lammy review on BAME representation in the criminal justice system and the fact that Boris has not implemented enough of his 35 recommendations. He tells us all about his Guyanese parents; his mum's famous pepper pot & patties, coach trips to Skegness & his new book ’Tribes’. He’s currently on a strict Keto diet, but tells us all about his cheesecake obsession & his number 1 tipple being a rosé on ice! 

To top it all off, he wins us over with a beautiful rendition of Somewhere from West Side Story. David Lammy everyone! Enjoy!!x


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Jul 01, 2020
The Tables Have Turned with Zane Lowe

Here’s a little amuse-bouche for you - let’s call it a Friday treat. Today, my fourth record is out 'What’s Your Pleasure?' and to celebrate we did something a bit different. One of the best interviewers I know, Zane Lowe joins us for a special (and completely unorthodox) ‘Tables Have Turned’ episode and we talk all things music (& of course a bit about food). We’ll have Zane back for a proper dinner soon. In the meantime, enjoy this one and if you fancy, go and have a listen to my new record!


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Jun 26, 2020
S9 Ep 21: Emily Eavis

If we can’t get to Glastonbury Festival, we thought we’d bring a little bit of Glastonbury to you. 

What an honour to have the Queen of Worthy farm, Emily Eavis on Table Manners on the week where Glasto would have been celebrating 50 years with all of us in the SUNNY fields.

We delve right into Glastonbury food; how they choose the food stalls, specialities (the secret Goan Curry by West Holts), artist's private chefs, and of course mum has secured a Chicken Matzoh ball soup stand for next year  

Emily tells us about growing up on the farm, how they’ve had to deal with the current pandemic and how she sings Moana songs in the festival office. 

As if this episode couldn’t get any better, Emily invites me back to perform next year, with mum in tow....well, we will see about that. 

Make sure to tune into the BBC coverage of Glastonbury highlights this weekend! Enjoy! (Side note - I'm overzealous and in awe in this episode so please excuse my fawning over this excellent woman!) X


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Jun 24, 2020
S9 Ep 20: Munroe Bergdorf

Today we have the incredible activist and model Munroe Bergdorf on Table Manners. We were so lucky to have one of the UK’s leading black trans queer voices on our podcast at this pivotal time, straight off her massive victory and reconciliation with L’Oreal after being dropped for speaking out about racism and white privilege three years ago. We find out how her name started off on the drag scene, her transition at 24, whilst also discussing forgiveness, progress and Octopus. Munroe tells us about the lockdown queer commune she’d been living in with Jessie's old time collaborator & mate Kate Moross and how she’s dreaming of sitting back in Nando’s. We discuss bad first dates and learn new facts about crustaceans from this surprise marine expert!  Munroe, you inspire and educate us via social media every day and we loved spending the eve over Zoom with you....but I'm holding you to that Nicki Minaj impression beb! X

For more information on Mermaids - the charity that supports gender-diverse children and young people visit

Produced by Alice Williams


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Jun 17, 2020
S9 Ep 19: Joe Lycett

This week we welcome the joyous Joe Lycett onto Table Manners. Cheering us up from his living room in Birmingham, the TV presenter and comedian talks to us all about how he became a comedian, his mum's faggots and mash, writing sitcoms in lockdown & his affinity for ‘stodge’. Formerly known as Hugo Boss (it's a long but excellent story), Joe cracks the cheesiest of jokes (courtesy of his big sister) and admits to having Eminem as his karaoke song. This was just what we needed, thank you Joe! X


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Jun 10, 2020
S9 Ep 18: Homo Sapiens Podcast - Alan Cumming & Chris Sweeney

Its Pride month and the events in America have shown that solidarity of all creeds is needed today just as much as when Pride was born out of the Stonewall riots back in June 1969.

A pioneer of the Pride Movement was Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, who devoted her life to fighting for equality and gay rights before being murdered. She was thought to be the person who threw the first brick at the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

This week we are proud to welcome back the wonderful & long time friend of the podcast, Chris Sweeney & his fantastic new Homo Sapiens co-host – the brilliant Alan Cumming. We hear all about the actor, comedian, singer, filmmaker (he does everything!!) Alan’s upbringing in Scotland, eating mince & tatties as a child, having his own perfume and soap line, foraging & owning his own cabaret bar in New York ‘Club Cumming'. The Homo Sapiens boys tell us what they’re missing in lockdown and what they are most looking forward too when they are reunited! Homo Sapiens is back for Series 4 with a killer line up of guests, make sure you go and have a listen!


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Jun 03, 2020
S9 Ep 17: JoJo

She was that voice we all knew, sung the songs that were always on the radio, her first support tour was for Usher and all at the age of 13. This week we talk to Boston born JoJo and hear her tough, frustrating and honest story about her dealings with the music industry that ended up with her not being able to be heard for years.

Fast forward to 2020, she's won a Grammy, her current record was top of the R&B charts in the US and she's currently in lockdown with her mum. JoJo waxes lyrical about @dishoom, her penchant for drinking lemon mescal margaritas, tells mum about being in a ‘situationship’ and is basically a doll who we wished we could have had round for a curry in Clapham.

Listen to her story, her struggle and her survival and fist pump at the end. Xx

Please note: this episode contains discussion of disordered eating


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May 27, 2020
S9 Ep 16: Ellie Goulding

After a dramatic start where a door-to-door salesman (not following social-distance guidelines!) threatened to smash through Lennie’s window, we welcomed our most-requested guest Ellie Goulding to Table Manners this week. 

Ellie shares her bio-hack veggie lockdown eating must-haves, how to prep for lockdown grocery store queues and her fears of the essential-item trolley police!  

We hear the origins of her romance with husband Caspar, her multiple wedding day outfits that saw the singer end up in Vogue for the first time, and missing out on trying her wedding cake or any of the food.

Ellie, you've always been so generous and lovely to me in the old industry and it was a pleasure to chat to you (even with your shit wifi girl). We know our listeners will love you like we do xx

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May 20, 2020
S9 Ep 15: Joe Wicks

In between his daily PE lessons, we managed to lock down the king of quarantine, Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach to join us on Table Manners and what a joy it was! Straight out of A&E and onto the podcast, Joe chatted to us about his lockdown routine, his newly appointed teaching assistant (his wife!), his gin collection, nothing beating a burger and chips, his brand new book ‘Wean In 15’ & we discuss our shared mutual respect for the Moana soundtrack. And I reinvent the pronunciation of Quarantine as I've obviously been having too many Quarantinis !!!! To top it all off, he even serenaded us with his guitar! This is a good one, enjoy! X

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May 13, 2020
S9 Ep 14: Florence Pugh

Lockdown you are spoiling us!!

We managed to zoom in to the delightful British actress, Oscar nominated star of Little Women, Florence Pugh's Los Angeles garden studio for a chat. 

We talk about her sourdough starter 'Maggie', family and how her ma made the best dressed mum's list at the Oscars. 

We bond over Tiramisu and hear what's she growing in her veg patch, being the 'Queen of the cheeseboard’, lockdown Los Angeles and her new puppy finding a dildo in the backyard.

I've been obsessed with her since I saw Little Drummer Girl (a good quarantine series btw) and she totally indulged my enthusiasm like a massive pro. What a star, god love her! Have a listen xxx


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May 06, 2020
S9 Ep 13: John Legend

Zooming straight in from LA, this week John bloody Legend joins us on Table Manners. The EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony award winner...mum didn't know what that meant either) sat down to chat to us whilst eating his wife’s home cooked chicken soup and dumplings. John talks about being in charge of breakfast in the Legend/Teigen household, growing up in Ohio, stockpiling A1 sauce, being a pro chair dancer and we get to the bottom of the ‘eating chicken wings before a show’ situation! What a Legend...enjoy!


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Apr 29, 2020
S9 Ep 12: Josh Groban

This week we had our first guest zoom in from across the pond; American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer Josh Groban joins us on the podcast from sunny Los Angeles.

Josh talks us through his musical journey, from starting in musical theatre, duetting with Celine Dion when he was only 16 to making a 4 year album with the master, Rick Rubin. Quarantine has awoken a new found passion for cooking; he makes a ‘mean’ beans on toast & has realised he enjoys singing in the shower, even with a puffer on. We talk about where to get the best sushi in LA, drinking mezcal & what he feeds his 15 yr old dog, Sweeney. Enjoy!


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Apr 22, 2020
S9 Ep 11: Mel and Sue

We were SO thrilled to get the UK’s finest - the greatest and warmest comedic duo Mel & Sue on Table Manners this week, via our new friend Zoom.

'Perky' & 'Melly', as they call each other, dialled in – Mel live from inside her wardrobe – and made mum and I feel so much better about another week in lockdown. The fabulous twosome talk to us about their brand new Sky Originals/Now TV show 'Hitmen', they Mrs & Mrs each other's last supper, tell us what they’re eating in lockdown, what a ‘special purse’ is & they reminisce about their Bake Off days! Everyone needs a bit of Mel & Sue in their lives…especially right now. They are wonderful, witty and kind and we love them, a lot x


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Apr 15, 2020
S9 Ep 10: Emily Maitlis

In the midst of this lockdown we managed to have lunch with Dr Alex's favourite, award winning broadcaster and Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis. We talk about Corona, of course, that Prince Andrew interview, being a flexitarian, the cake and cookie counter at the Newsnight studio and her love for a dirty vodka martini with 3 olives (my kind of woman). She hates a pud, her favourite food is Vietnamese and our Emily is insistent on having napkins on the dinner table. Emily Maitlis is on Table Manners!!! Lap it up.


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Apr 08, 2020
S9 Ep 9: Dua Lipa

So it may be week 2 of lockdown but we have something to celebrate. We have been trying to get this star for aaaaages and finally we did! Popstar sensation Dua Lipa shares a virtual dinner with mum and I whilst she is stuck in London quarantine with her excellent second album Future Nostalgia just out.

We talk stockpiling hot sauces, Nutella sandwiches in her lunchbox, Pez rider requests, where she goes for good sushi dates in NYC and mum and Dua bond over gel nails. But even though we have probably the hugest popstar we have ever had, it doesn't stop mum interrupting our chat for her Ocado order.

We loved chatting to Dua and absolutely adore the new record which is out now go and listen x


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Apr 01, 2020
S9 Ep 8: Nick Grimshaw

It's lockdown. But that isn't going to stop us serving you Tables Manners, even in special circumstances.

I've moved the family out to an Airbnb to make sure Corona can't get her mitts on Lennie, Dr Alex is on the frontline, so it's a quiet (and clean) house for mum and means this is our first episode recorded remotely.

Via the internet the wonderful, funny and gorgeous Grimmy joined us for a virtual dinner with mum and I. We talk bulk buying Hobnobs whilst in isolation, growing up in Manchester, eating luxuriously late now he isn't on breakfast radio and living on Freddos when he made it to London. Although gutted to not have him over and give him a kiss, cuddle and chicken soup it was a Zoom revelation and a welcome relief from a heavy week! X


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Mar 25, 2020
S9 Ep 7: Riz Ahmed

It was our biggest delight to cook a Monday vegetarian risotto for one of this country's absolute treasures, actor, musician and all round excellent person, Riz Ahmed (even if he then did tell us he had chicken for lunch). We elbow bump and discuss growing up in London, school, PPE at Oxford, his mum's Nihari being on his last supper, Naughty Boy being a good cook and Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express being one of his favourite London restaurants. I want to know everything about his break up album with Britain 'The Long Goodbye' and the incredibly powerful short film (shout out Aneil Karia) and despite proclaiming to 'not be much of a pudding person' we watch dear Riz have two helpings of roasted rhubard and stem ginger Eton mess. Our new critical topic of the school lunchbox continues as we delve into his; penguins, jam sandwiches and 'no pork’ stickers in school. Riz we love you, you're amazing and it's bloody frustrating that people are going to have to wait a little longer to see the live show for The Long Goodbye. Enjoy x


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Mar 18, 2020
In Conversation, live at Waterstones Piccadilly

A little something for the weekend! Last week we celebrated the publication of 'Table Manners: The Cookbook' with an 'In Conversation' at Waterstones Piccadilly, we met some of our lovely listeners, for those who couldn't make it here is a chance to listen in... enjoy!


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Mar 13, 2020
S9 Ep 6: Zawe Ashton

We welcomed the beautiful and brilliant Zawe Ashton to ours last Friday with an unexpected guest, Fresh Meat co-star Charlotte Richie (who Jessie used to babysit back in the day!).

The author and actress devoured mums sticky short ribs (even kindly put them on her last supper meal!), spoke all about being a child actor, being bullied, The Handmaids Tale and her new book Character Breakdown. We chatted about the go to places to eat after you've stepped off stage on Broadway, how savoury porridge saved her life, the thrills of cheap red wine and being a devotee of Terry's Chocolate Orange. She shares with us her mum's Ugandan cooking, what was in her lunchbox and Lennie’s love of Margaret Atwood. This has SO MUCH GOOD STUFF IN IT! Enjoy and thank you Zawe for being so wonderful x


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Mar 11, 2020
S9 Ep 5: Jo Brand

Queen comic Jo Brand turned up at our doorstep laden with gifts; a nativity tote bag and shoes to polish the floor with! We tucked into an effortless mid-week roast whilst discussing hairy gooseberries, sandwich spread, road rage, being heckled and Paul Hollywood! This wonderful woman can do no wrong, and it was an absolute pleasure finally getting her on the pod after a drunken proposal two years ago at Jools Holland's Hootenanny (god do I sound like I'm Jessica in Love is Blind?!) Enjoy!


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Mar 04, 2020
S9 Ep 4: Vanessa Williams

Legend of stage and screen Vanessa Williams joined us for dinner and we could NOT believe we had a Grammy, Tony and Emmy nominee in our kitchen. The Desperate Housewives star tells us all about her new West End show ‘City Of Angels’ and we chat about Vanessa’s incredible worldwide travels, her outrageous Thanksgiving turkey-basting traditions and the Ugly Betty wedding that took place at her LA house! We had an honest chat about her misunderstood Miss America resignation and even got a singalong of the total karaoke classic ‘Save The Best For Last’. Vanessa, we absolutely loved you with all the Colours Of The Wind (YES, she was the voice of Disney’s Pocahontas)


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Feb 26, 2020
S9 Ep 3: David Schwimmer

When David Schwimmer needs you to come to a hotel for a food chat you run there!!

We talk to our global friend about Gouda, his magic themed barmitzvah, Jewish delis, caccio e pepe, NY & the UK, his new Sky One show 'Intelligence', Bake off, coffee, his theatre company in Chicago...and then there's that chat about Dr Alex's dry banana bread.  This is a golden episode and we love you David.

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Feb 19, 2020
S9 Ep 2: Callum Turner

We invited British actor, Callum Turner over for a fish dinner. After a mesmerising performance as Sean Emery in the BBC's The Capture, he's now in the brand new film 'Emma' playing Frank Churchill. We talk to the Londoner about growing up on a Chelsea estate with his Mum, who was a night club promoter, supporting Chelsea ( 🥴) all whilst eating sherry cod with tomatoes and butter beans, @dustyknuckle sourdough and Panettone Bread & Butter pudding. He reminds us of 90's 'fish in a bag' , talks about introducing custard to the USA, being a creature of habit and dear Colin the caterpillar. And my husband said I hadn't made this much effort in my appearance since our wedding day 🤷🏻‍♀ enjoy x


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Feb 12, 2020
S9 Ep 1: Aisling Bea

We are back for Series 9 and with a lot of good craic! We’ve been trying to nail down this week's guest ever since we became friends on a Love Island WhatsApp group. I have laughed and swooned at her wit and grace from afar for a while now so it was my total pleasure to offer a hoodie and a green tea to Irish actress, writer, and all round hilarious human, Aisling Bea. And thank God she came, if only to explain the meaning of 'dogging' to mum. We chat Irish whisky, plane food, Love Island (of course) sustainability and nibbling on toasted pecans.

Aisling is the sharpest cheddar on the board and god we love her!!!


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Feb 05, 2020
S8 Ep 11: Emilia Clarke

To close this series of Table Manners we decided to get an absolute Christmas cracker in, the Mother of ALLLL mothers, the Mother of Dragons! After hearing this lady was a fan of the podcast I swooped in like a baby dragon and coaxed her with the promise of chicken soup (her request!) and she even broke her gluten free policy to sample mum's matzoh balls. We talk to our dream girl about her dear late dad's passion for food, salad in a bag, boarding school meals and setting up her charity, 'Same You' with her mum after having 2 brain aneurysm in her twenties. What a treat to have the nation's sweetheart over for dins. Thanks so much for listening. We will be back in the new year. Mum and I just need a little 'Time Out' 🤣🤣🤣 xxxx


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Dec 18, 2019
S8 Ep 10: Jamie Oliver

We were only going to do meals on wheels and travel to someone else's place if they were someone we have been angling for since series 1. And of course they were most certainly going to get THE chicken soup (I had a massive cold so it was selfishly suggested by moi).

It's JAMIE OLIVER!! The Naked Chef, the people's champ, the person who taught most of us millennials how to cook.

We grab Jamie at Jamie Oliver HQ after we watch him high five all his staff, kiss babies and see a team pickling sesh going on.

He proclaims mum's balls are the best he's ever had, we talk a lot about family, the nostalgic smell of hibiscus, dyslexia, his wife eating gravy with a fork and holding back his cookbook Veg for years. What an honour to meet this gent. X


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Dec 11, 2019
S8 Ep 9: Nicole Scherzinger

It's December and that means we can start eating Xmas dinners on the regular. Knowing full well this puddycat Anglophile loves a roast with all the trimmings, we offered up a full on festive feast for the stunning Nicole Scherzinger (nice one Waitrose and John Lewis) Not only did we teach her what a nut roast & bread sauce was, we served up the best Christmas turkey she’s ever had!

We chat musical theatre, being a goth, her upbringing in Hawaii, and MOST IMPORTANTLY how the formidable, extraordinary Prince introduced her to my music (!) I also got her to sing Moana to my daughter…. What a doll, what a revelation and what a start to Christmas!

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Dec 04, 2019
S8 Ep 8: Rick Astley

Mum was beside herself when this guest was suggested and demanded we make this chat over cake happen, so, we put in the call and welcomed Lancashire born hitmaker Rick Astley to Clapham! Rick tells us about teaching Mary Berry to play the drums, rickrolling, that performance with Dave Grohl, his own beer and his wife’s speciality of making curried herring (!). He charmed mum over an afternoon tea of pumpkin cake and finger sandwiches - we're never gonna give you up Rick, you're too much of a gent.


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Nov 27, 2019
S8 Ep 7: Haim

I want to be a Haim sister.

Feel lucky enough to have known these sublime women for a while. We have written songs together, eaten sushi, drunk hot chocolate, swapped doctor's details, celebrated birthdays, apologised to firemen...basically, every time you're with a Haim, it's a damn good memorable time.

We treat them to their first home cooked meal in Blighty (of course with Lennie's medicinal chicken soup and Matzoh balls) and talk about being paid in matzoh balls, grapes in fruit salad, Bewitched, family, tacos and mum auditions to be the fourth member. It's Haim Time!!

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Nov 20, 2019
S8 Ep 6: Luke Evans

This week’s guest flew straight into mum’s kitchen from Los Angeles, where he’d been for his new film premiere, armed with his mother's banana and nut loaf! Hollywood actor and singing heart-throb, Luke Evans tells us all about his upbringing in the Welsh valleys, how he lives for a Dalston Doner kebab and who his favourite on-screen kisser is. We are treated to an award winning karaoke performance around the kitchen table, with only a 'little' wine. Encore, Encore!


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Nov 13, 2019
S8 Ep 5: Charlotte Tilbury MBE

Well daaaaaaarrrrling, if there’s ever a time to crack open the bubbly over breakfast, it's when ultimate goddess Charlotte Tilbury pops over to mums! The Queen of glam, and our first makeup artist on Table Manners talks to us about growing up in Ibiza, sleeping in her make-up, jet setting round the world and painting A-lister's faces. As if mum couldn’t love her anymore, she arrived with champagne & homemade gazpacho in hand and a suitcase full of lippie. Get ready for a ‘darling-off’ and stay tuned for a Lennie lipstick! Enjoy!!


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Nov 06, 2019
S8 Ep 4: Yannis Philippakis

A lesson was learnt here - don't invite a rock star into your home on a Friday night and expect mum to hold back on the wine, or hold back on baiting me to drink more. Currently number 1 with their new record, we welcomed the wonderful Foals front man Yannis through our doors. We celebrate the band's marriage, talk a LOT about Greece and his Greek Jewish heritage (much to mum's delight), the reason he couldn't perform at the Mercury Music prize this year and his love for Creme Fraiche. He resists offering up his last supper and to be honest, the night's a bit of a blur - so much so we forgot to take a photo!


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Oct 30, 2019
S8 Ep 3: Jess Phillips MP

This week we welcomed Birmingham-bred Labour MP Jess Phillips for brunch. Brother Alex hid upstairs (as he does when one of his favourites is downstairs) whilst we ate Turnip and Sweet Potato Fritters with Fried Eggs on top and an Ottolenghi Apple cake.

We talked about watching Scandal whilst writing her second book 'Truth to Power', getting the blue tick on Instagram, her 'instagrammable' husband, home made Rhubarb Vodka and her son and his friends updating her wikipedia page to say that she ate Quavers in the bath. She'd stock pile toilet-roll for Brexit and her Karaoke song trumps Liam Payne's in a big way.

Enjoy this, it was an absolute pleasure to have her over x

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Oct 23, 2019
S8 Ep 2: Liam Payne

After showing mum that underwear pic, she couldn't hide her delight and enthusiasm at having our first ex One-Directioner at the Table Manners table. Although on a strict diet and fitness regime, Liam was a perfect guest enjoying what he could of the fantastic Beef and Mushroom pies we made him using a Waitrose & Partners recipe with their No. 1 range ingredients. We talk to him about dealing with fame, his terrible karaoke song choice, being a dad, finding love and happiness, tattoos and his favourite food being airport lounge calamari... Nothing was off the menu, even mother's filthy mouth, and we loved it! Liam Payne is served. X

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Oct 16, 2019
S8 Ep 1: Antoni Porowski

Well, we are back and this time I've brought my whole family to live with mum for the foreseeable future, or until she gets tired of my slobbish ways. So as a sweetener for mother dearest, I decided to bring a real life Disney Prince to Clapham. The dreamy Antoni provides a real share all episode; we talk coffee fixes, guacamole, champagne grapes and he doesn't choose a last supper, he demands a last day of food. Get ready to hear us ogle over the king of the Queer Eye kitchen. Table Manners is served!

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Oct 09, 2019
S7 Ep 3: Grace Campbell - Live from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

What better way to end our Edinburgh special, than to get rising stand-up star, Grace Campbell on the show to discuss feminism and competing with Tony Blair.

It was such a pleasure chatting to fellow podcaster Grace about why she’s never going into politics, her love of fish tacos, protest shenanigans & trying to get a date with Jeremy Corbyn's son.

Thanks so much to everyone who came along to see us in Edinburgh (and those who bought a tea towel) - we had a ball!! We’ll be back very soon for Series 8. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss an episode.

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Aug 09, 2019
S7 Ep 2: London Hughes - Live from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

How we cackled and gasped at South London's funniest feminist London Hughes. With 5* reviews for her Edinburgh show all over the gaff, we talk to the brilliant and wild Ms Hughes about a lot of d*ck, having the longest name, vegans, bad table manners, saying no to a Nandos Black card and eating Maccy D's in Chelsea. Props to London for devouring our sausage rolls and not wanting to share them with the audience. While this isn't R rated anymore it's still preeeetttty explicit kinda gal! Enjoy and catch her incredible show if you're lucky enough to. X


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Aug 08, 2019
S7 Ep 1: Heidi Regan - Live from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

After a nervy ride up to Scotland with a sweaty savoury Cheesecake, hot off our book shoot, what better way to start our Edinburgh series with an award winning comedian and writer Heidi Regan to ease the pressure! 

We talk to the Australian Stand up about poaching eggs, surviving on microwave meals, misophonia and debate over a 'self-saucing' pudding. Shout out to previous table manners darling Joe Dempsie and his family for being fabulous co-hosts! X


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Aug 07, 2019
S6 Ep 12: Olly Alexander

Following his triumph at Glastonbury, we’ve managed to bag Years & Years frontman, Olly Alexander for the season finale of Table Manners Series 6. Olly talks about his coming out experience, Pride, his obsession with Kylie, how he only drinks champagne and the band's global search for the best doughnut! Even mum’s flat tyre didn’t stand in the way of a gorgeous lunch with Olly. Despite being a vegetarian, mum says Olly can come over again, anytime, she loves you!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this series as much as we have. Thanks to every guest who has held the new baby and dealt with a chaotic household! We’ll be back for series 7 very soon, but before then, we’ll see you in Edinburgh!! X

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Jul 10, 2019
S6 Ep 11: Deborah Frances-White

The Guilty Feminist herself, Deborah Frances-White joins us round the dinner table for today’s episode. With over 65m podcast downloads under her belt, a Royal Albert Hall gig this weekend and an army of followers, Deborah is inspiring, charming and hysterical. With fingers in the Eton mess and whilst downing champagne, we talk about her ‘fading’ from being a Witness, her mum’s incredible Pavlova, searching for her birth parents and Table Manners Olympics.

I’m a feminist but....I love that she added me into a secret Love Island WhatsApp group


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Jul 03, 2019
S6 Ep 10: Neneh Cherry

This week we have music, fashion and feminist icon, Neneh Cherry. 

What an honour to have Neneh over for lunch. We talk about the 80s, music, being a woman, love and partying on aeroplanes, Swedish living, vegetarian eating, carnival going...everything and more! 

This episode is full of fantastic stories and we loved every mouthful and moment of Ms Cherry intoxicating our kitchen with warmth, sisterhood and wisdom. Enjoy x


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Jun 26, 2019
S6 Ep 9: Greg James and Bella Mackie

We’ve got another first this week... our first couple on Table Manners & a total power duo - Greg James & Bella Mackie. With Prosecco at midday, we chat wedding food, stockpiling wine, compare hours of sleep and now we understand what a 'tailender' is. And I ruin pudding. Again. Enjoy x


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Jun 19, 2019
S6 Ep 8: Richard Curtis

All in aid of Comic Relief, Table Manners is joined by the legendary comedy screenwriter and co-founder of Comic Relief, Richard Curtis. He’s written some of the greatest films & TV shows ever made; Notting Hill, Love Actually, Black Adder... But Richard Curtis can’t get enough of Love Island and particularly Lucie... it is what it is!

In this week’s special, we’re joined not only by Richard, but by his fabulous partner - and babysitter - Emma Freud, along with 2 Comic Relief competition winners, who entered the Table Manners chaos with mum and I and even brought a starter! We chat about pet tortoises, eating hotdogs in the cinema & of course, falling in love – this is a good’un! Enjoy!


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Jun 12, 2019
S6 Ep 7: Hayley Squires

This week's guest is a national treasure. Since watching her in 'I, Daniel Blake' I've been obsessed with BAFTA nominated actress, Hayley Squires, so was delighted to finally have her join us for dinner! A blow torch disaster ensued resulting in soggy brûlées and mum literally on fire. Good job Hayley came to the rescue by bringing us a delicious home baked banana bread. We talk all about Hayley's love of cereal, how she eats a chocolate bar a day & her new love of baking. We know everyone will adore her as much as we do.


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Jun 05, 2019
S6 Ep 6: Noomi Rapace

Super star actress and all round amazing lady Noomi Rapace, tells us all about her upbringing on a Swedish farm, how she grew up on cornflakes & toast before moving to London and joining the foodie crew whilst bonding with mum over their shared love for leopard print. We chat in great detail about the greatness of eggs, truffle salt and how to throw a Bondesque cavier party. And I may attack her on her 'guilty pleasure' food. Love you Nooms, what a woman!


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May 29, 2019
S6 Ep 5: Róisín Murphy

I had every intention of dressing to seriously impress one of my musical and style icons however, when Róisín Murphy arrives an hour early, she gets work-out gear, greasy hair and she has to hold the baby whilst I sort the toddler's dinner. Good thing she doesn’t believe in showering every day and also shares my passion for the beloved baked potato. We talk Met Gala lewks, boiled eggs, her mum's Irish stew and her Italian partner 'beating his meat' whilst also discussing the music industry. 

Darling Roisin felt so comfortable at ours she even RINSED my rhubarb fool (with mum having to step in to defend me). This episode is raucous, naughty and exciting, just like our fantastic 'no holds barred' musical wonder-woman, Ms Róisín Murphy


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May 22, 2019
S6 Ep 4: Raymond Blanc

Salut! This week mum shows off her best French with chef extraordinaire, Raymond Blanc. As well as answering our demands of bringing pud, the Michelin starred chef couldn’t resist taking over mum’s kitchen to show us how it's done; from corkscrews and emulsions to apricot trees and gardens, we learnt it all! Raymond tells us all about his journey into becoming a chef, frog hunting as a child, why he’ll never eat strawberries in winter & the brilliance of using water in his iconic recipes. Bon appetit!


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May 15, 2019
S6 Ep 3: Carly Rae Jepsen

Through some incredibly crossed wires, this Canadian superstar was granted Quiche for this week's Table Manners - the delightfully charming Carly Rae Jepsen chats to us over Rosé about quiche, homemade pasta, on-the-road eating habits, the best things to do in Canada and how cheese should be banned on flights. We delve into our childhood musical roles, whilst talking about her time on broadway and her brand new album. What a hoot, please enjoy.... 'a la Carly'!!


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May 08, 2019
S6 Ep 2: Mark Ronson

Mum’s famous chicken soup always comes out for the big dogs, so it was the obvious choice for this week’s guest, artist/producer/every award winning Mark Ronson.

Over a meal of matzoh balls & latkes, we compare Bar Mitzvah celebrations, hear all about Mark’s mums famous casserole, what it is like working with Gaga, and his go-to meal after having won all the awards this season. Eat it up x



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May 01, 2019
S6 Ep 1: Kiefer Sutherland

…And we are BACK!! With a brand new baby in tow, we kick off Series 6 with a Hollywood icon; none other than Canadian actor, producer, director and singer/songwriter Kiefer Sutherland (AKA Jack Bauer)

We bond over Scotch whisky, gasp at his antics with Kevin Bacon & Robert Downey Jr & his picky eating habits as a child. Other than eating goldfish and changing his food preferences last minute, this man can do no wrong!! 

Get ready for an even bigger and better series of Table Manners… l'haim!!



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Apr 24, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 6: Sara Bareilles

It's about to hit the West End so what better way to celebrate than to chat to 7-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, the woman behind the original music and lyrics of Tony nominated musical, Waitress. 

We chat tour rider requests ( I realise I am totally neurotic on tour whilst she's rock n' roll), where to get the best pizza in NYC, why you shouldn’t order sushi takeaway & writing love songs about Obama. Enjoy this slice of sweet Bareilles pie! 

Thanks for listening to our special NYC Season. We came, we saw, we ate, fell out & we’ll be back for Table Manners Series 6 very soon. Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss an episode!


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Mar 06, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 5: Tom Payne

This week we meet The Walking Dead’s 'Jesus', British actor Tom Payne. We chat British vs American table manners, favourite restaurants in LA, home cooking and we practised our American accents whilst serving up the perfect ‘hangover brunch’ of Kimchi fried rice aka fermented cabbage via my darling @eatwithgrace...bottoms up!!


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Feb 27, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 4: Ian Schrager

This week, we have a New York Icon, someone who has many an incredible story to tell. Despite the fact that he didn’t eat ANYTHING and he thinks food can ruin a party (we totally disagree), the disco legend and hotelier Ian Schrager tells us all about the history of Studio 54, dancing with Diana Ross, where to eat chicken soup in New York, jail food and how he set up his hotel empire. Enjoy x


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Feb 20, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 3: Gregory Porter

I like to describe this man’s voice as being like Christmas. This week’s guest is the super talented and equally delightful Gregory Porter. Making my husband most jealous that we got him in NYC and not in Dalston, we chat Sticky Toffee pud, pre-performance rituals & family traditions, all whilst munching on mum’s very American Buttermilk Chicken – eat up! X


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Feb 13, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 2: Samin Nosrat

Beyond excited that we managed to bag this week’s guest. I read her book the moment I got my hands on it and am addicted to her Netflix original series, 'Salt Fat Acid Heat'. Samin Nosrat loves food just as much as we do, so get ready for an episode completely full to the brim of food and everything to do with it. 

We talk about all about her new found fame, our shared love of ice cream, where we’re going wrong on Mexican food and her favourite London restaurants. We love Samin!


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Feb 06, 2019
NYC Season - Ep 1: Zachary Quinto

We kick off NYC with the ridiculously talented and velvet voiced Zachary Quinto. The Broadway and Star Trek star gets served Jessie's cherished Marbella Chicken and we talk American table manners, the rights and wrongs of sweet and sour whilst Lennie and Zachary's rejoice at their shared love of plane food. Dinner is served! 


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Jan 30, 2019
S4 Ep 10: John Bishop

What better way to end the series than to do a extra special live episode of Table Manners with mum’s ultimate crush John Bishop, live from Google’s fantastic Curiosity Rooms. 

In a festive special, John tells us how he does Christmas ‘vegan style’, fish guts, his massive ‘talent’ as well as how he runs a farm (what is it with comedians?!). Listen until the end to hear John's Uber rating reveal...

Thanks so much to Google Pixel 3, we hope you enjoy this episode!

Table Manners will be back on January 30th, with a very special mini series. 

Merry Christmas everyone! Love Jessie and Lennie x

Produced by Alice Williams


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Dec 19, 2018
S4 Ep 9: Mel B

It’s not very often you can say you’ve got a Spice Girl in your kitchen... but this week’s guest and season finale is none other than Ms Melanie Brown. Mum pulls out a winning roast dinner whilst Mel ogles over her stuffing and we ply my daughter with cake so she doesn’t interrupt the juicy parts of Mel’s tumultuous story. Yorkshire puddings, fainting goats (?!?) and which Spice Girl has the worst table manners are all on the menu.

Table Manners returns for a Christmas special on December 19th - but for now Spice up you life!

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Dec 05, 2018
S4 Ep 8: Sir Paul Smith

This week we have a first for Table Manners, Nottingham’s finest, SIR Paul Smith talks to us about his love of early mornings, ‘hospital food’, style, his beloved Pauline and London hotspots. What a treat. (Side note: I was particularly pleased with my dish this week if I say so myself). Sir Paul is served!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Nov 28, 2018
S4 Ep 7: Cariad Lloyd

Not only is she an award winning podcaster, an actor, a comedian and a writer, this week’s guest claims to be the queen of the meringues and dirty dancing. We discuss growing up, grief, celebrating life and all things sweet. The delicious Cariad Lloyd up on Table Manners!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Nov 21, 2018
S4 Ep 6: Tim Dowling

This week we speak to Author, Guardian columnist and part time rock star Tim Dowling. And we see how Mum’s obsession with this charming (albeit slow eating) columnist comes a little too close to Kathy Bates in ‘Misery’. We delve into the truth behind his relationship with his wife, TV dinners and the perfect brunch. And I realise I eat far too quickly.

Produced by Alice Williams


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Nov 14, 2018
S4 Ep 5: Cheryl

She’s back. And wanting seconds of mum’s Key Lime Pie. We talk to the peoples’ princess, Cheryl, about Stottie cake, her perfect roast potatoes, the only man in her life, tattoos and her first bit of music in 4 years. It’s a big one!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Nov 07, 2018
S4 Ep 4: Stefflon Don

According to mum, this week’s guest has more of a potty mouth than me. Stefflon Don joins us for this week’s Table Manners, proving she really is quite the don. We talk music industry, poetry, eating jerk, speaking Dutch and munching on ice (!)


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Oct 31, 2018
S4 Ep 3: Russell Tovey

After watching his recent show-stopping Pinter performance in the West End, we invited actor Russell Tovey and his trusty sidekick, French Bulldog Rocky, over for a quiet Friday night in. We talk all things art, ‘bags of gold’, our favourite childhood meals & his never ending love for Rocky …whilst also discovering that he has an even lower Uber rating than Jessie.

Produced by Alice Williams


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Oct 24, 2018
S4 Ep 2: Dolly Alderton

Since reading her book, 'Everything I Know About Love', I feel like Dolly Alderton is a friend I was always meant to have. We talk oysters, champagne, a little bit of love, her real name (!) and everything fabulous in between. 

Produced by Alice Williams


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Oct 17, 2018
S4 Ep 1: Nigella Lawson

Table Manners is back!! And what better way to start series 4 than with the ultimate kitchen goddess… Nigella Lawson. She has been top of our list since day one, so brace yourselves for mum and me melting over her. We talk midnight snacks, her being a fussy eater as a child (there’s hope for all our children), eating rice pudding for breakfast...and apart from her love of Vegemite, she can do no wrong. Table Manners is served! Enjoy! 

Produced by Alice Williams


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Oct 10, 2018
Best of Table Manners

Whilst we gear up for a new season of Table Manners, we’ve created a little amuse bouche of all the best bits from Table Manners so far! From Sam Smith’s Gollum impression to the George Ezra short rib disaster, Stacey Dooley’s - as she puts it - dump in a box, and the wonderful Sandi Toksvig rewriting women’s history, this episode can tide you over 'til you hear from us, very soon for Season 4....

Listen, over share and enjoy! Love from Lennie and Jessie x

Produced by Alice Williams


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Sep 05, 2018
S3 Ep 10: Michelle Keegan

We loved her as Georgie in 'Our Girl' and now we love her as actual-real-life Michelle Keegan. We talk Corrie, paparazzi and her all time favourite ice breaker question. And she’s a girl after my own heart: she doesn’t just love food, she loves DIRTY food! 

What a lovely episode to finish to the series. Keep sending in your guest suggestions and Table Manners will return very soon with your next serving - cheers! 


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Aug 01, 2018
S3 Ep 9: Adam Buxton

Our first live podcast! Thank you SO much to everyone that came and also a huge thanks to our exceptional guest Adam Buxton for showing us how it’s done and also sharing the recipe for his delicious sounding tuna, pasta and ketchup dish... Continuing the theme of getting our guests to work for us - Adam created one of his famous jingles for Table Manners and now we want it played wherever we go. Thank you Adam!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Jul 25, 2018
S3 Ep 8: Alan Carr

Alan Carr. We knew we were in for a treat but could this be our funniest guest yet?! From the moment he walked in discussing his farm animals' sexual exploits, to his eventual 'Come Dine with Me' scoring of 1/10 for us - my GOD we laughed. And drunk. This was such a pleasure to listen back to and I hope you enjoy it too!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Jul 18, 2018
S3 Ep 7: Yotam Ottolenghi

What do you do when you have the god that is Ottolenghi round? Well, you make him bring dessert and ask him enough questions until he eventually cooks the main too! I can also confirm that friendships can be made through persistence or even stalking. We speak about his children, his husband and their surrogacy process and (finally!) simplifying his dishes. L’chaim!


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Jul 11, 2018
S3 Ep 6: MIST

MIST. We knew when he requested Coffee Patron as his dinner drink of choice we were in for a good night. As mum swoons over his looks and rocks, we talk prison, getting your hair cut at 3am, what it's like to rap with a Birmingham accent, and his penchant for curry powder. FIRE IN THE BOOOOOTH! 


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Jul 04, 2018
S3 Ep 5: Tom Kerridge

Tom Kerridge. Glad we asked him to bring a pud because his Strawberry Bakewell was so good we talked about it for weeks! Tom spoke to us about everything and anything - his diet, working alongside his wife, water being a secret cooking weapon and he even judged a Labneh competition between mum and I. What a lovely man


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Jun 27, 2018
S3 Ep 4: Sadiq Khan

Hear ye! Hear ye! Mayor Sadiq Khan announces he’ll stand for re-election! We were honoured to welcome The Mayor of London to mum’s house to break his Ramadan fast. Brushing over the fact that the cat was sick on his first bowl of dates, over a fresh bowl we discuss nightlife in London, Trump’s impending visit, Aswad, rising crime rates, racism within football and not forgetting his penchant for fish and chips. Eat up! 


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Jun 20, 2018
S3 Ep 3: Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn. Singer, songwriter, novelist, one half of Everything but the Girl - I absolutely loved chatting to her. As a singer we have been likened to each other but I hadn’t realised how many similarities we actually had. We talk about stage fright, hypnotherapy, taking your family on tour and the one question journalists always annoy us with. This episode is best served alongside a martini, a dose of summer sunshine and Everything But The Girl’s ’Missing” on the speakers. Cheers!


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Jun 13, 2018
S3 Ep 2: My Dad Wrote A Porno

Alice, Jamie & James from My Dad Wrote a Porno... what a riot we had! I’m surprised we managed to record a podcast at all. This evening reminded me so much of the dinners we used to have at my mum's growing up - everyone howling with laughter and staying until the wee hours. So wee that mum left hours before we finished recording. If you’ve listened to MDWAP you’ll know what to expect: adult themes, sexual content and strong language. Basically all the good stuff.


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Jun 06, 2018
S3 Ep 1: Randy Jackson

Recorded at my sister's house in LA, to celebrate 4/20, we brought a slice of Britain to Table Manners newest guest Randy Jackson. Over Pimms, scones and cucumber sandwiches, we speak about managing Mariah Carey, 13 years on American Idol, working with Simon Cowell, his “morsel diet” and Randy’s favourite gumbo recipe. It’s a yes from us dawg!


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May 30, 2018
S2 Ep 9: Stacey Dooley

So it's the SEASON FINALE with Stacey Dooley! And what a guest she was. We’d barely taken the chicken out of the oven and mum was already won over. Stacey has carved out a name for herself that is respected amongst the best. A woman with a knack for disarming subjects in the most hostile of situations. We get some tips on squeezing information out of guests, where to eat in Brighton and even the best tactics for shitting in shoeboxes. See you very soon for series 3! 

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Apr 11, 2018
S2 Ep 8: Felix White

Felix White. Some of you know him from The Maccabees, some of you know him from his cricket journalism but I know him as the new boy at school who I forced to go out with me at 9 years old. Since then we’ve shared many experiences; a few teenage snogs, our first TV appearance and even our first mugging. He’s had countless dinners at Mum's over the years and here pops over to mine for one more. Yala!

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Apr 04, 2018
S2 Ep 7: Jay Rayner

How does one prepare a dinner party for a food critic?! After the initial flapping Mum took off to make sure her hair looked fabulous and I put my Paxman hat on and whipped out hard hitting questions such as “Would you do Greg Wallace?” 

This week its Jay Rayner making us feel all nervous about our hosting abilities. We like to think the three helpings of lemon ice cream secured us a solid 4 stars... 

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Mar 28, 2018
S2 Ep 6: Dermot O'Leary

Oh Dermot. Not since mum cooked for Ottolenghi has the Ware household been so flustered to host a guest. Utterly charming, definitely deserving of his ‘nicest man in showbiz’ tag and potentially the biggest secret foodie we’ve had so far. Points were only lost by not divulging the X Factor gossip that mum so desperately wanted. What a true professional. 9/10. 

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Mar 21, 2018
S2 Ep 5: George Ezra

Oh George Ezra. What can I say? The night had so much potential... Mum was looking forward to a Budapest duet and instead it ended in a catastrophe that my pelvic floor definitely wasn’t strong enough for and our first emergency Deliveroo order. We’re so sorry George. 

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Mar 14, 2018
S2 Ep 4: Amol Rajan

Is there anything Amol Rajan hasn’t done? Presenter of The One Show, youngest editor of the Independent newspaper, judge on Masterchef, and now currently the BBC’s Media Editor. Over a savoury cheesecake he manages to makes us laugh with his penchant for Del Boy dinners and nearly gives mum a heart attack with his last minute vegetarian request. Pass the piña coladas, let's get started! 


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Mar 07, 2018
S2 Ep 3: Ralf Little

Ralf Little. The most intensely brilliant guest and Twitter debatee. What you don’t see here is the three hours after we stopped recording sitting around the table setting the world to rights. What you do see is the lowdown on the Royle Family, ruined pancake days and our invite to Jeremy Hunt to finish the NHS debate once and for all. What a night!


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Feb 28, 2018
S2 Ep 2: Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith - inspiring woman, powerful voice, beautiful hair. She taught us so much in this episode. Giving celebrities food poisoning. Random acts of kindness. And most of all: never trust your guest's temporary dietary requirements!

Produced by Alice Williams


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Feb 21, 2018
S2 Ep 1: Ed Sheeran

Table Manners returns with Ed Sheeran and an even more ferocious appetite! Yes, mum and I are back and still arguing over who does the dishes. Four helpings later, we're talking death row dinners, Lion bars, rotting shark and pizza butties… 

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Feb 14, 2018
Ep 8: Clara Amfo

Superwoman of the airwaves Clara Amfo pops over for this week’s Table Manners and before we know it we’re talking Fifty Shades sex scene music, blocking your mum on WhatsApp, deadly spiders and Prince, a lot of Prince… By the way this is the last show of the current series, thanks so much for listening and stand by for more Table Manners in 2018! xxx


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Dec 27, 2017
Ep 7: Sandi Toksvig

Radio 4’s finest, QI darling, radical history rewriter and one of the most inspiring women I have ever met... Sandi Toksvig drops by mum’s for this week’s Table Manners. The Bake-Off drinking game, Wikipedia's male bias, Paul Hollywood's eyes, Christmas dinner in Denmark… Trust me, we cover it ALL.  

Produced by Alice Williams for Cup and Nuzzle


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Dec 20, 2017
Ep 6: Loyle Carner

This week, Mercury-nominated man-of-the moment Loyle Carner pops round to mum’s for a special Hannukah feast. Over chopped liver, a LOT of latkes and a pasta pudding we talk ADHD, hanging with Heston and the time he got to meet his hero Eric Cantona. Chag Sameach! Happy Hanukkah! 


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Dec 13, 2017
Ep 5: Benny Blanco

This week’s ep is brought to you from LA with producer Benny Blanco. You may know him from working on tunes with Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd but we know him from letting our whole family descend on his house whenever we stay in LA. Here’s one small taste of the mad house - featuring my husband Sam, my baby girl and a little bit of California’s finest... 


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Dec 06, 2017
Ep 4: Annie Mac

Businesswoman, tastemaker, mother, and champion of the sorority; this week we chat to Annie Mac about veganism, taking your kids on tour, and the time her mother punched someone on a plane.


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Nov 29, 2017
Ep 3: Joe Dempsie And Daniel Kaluuya

Game Of Thrones, dieting for sex scenes, Christmas in Uganda... It all went off when GOT's "porno blacksmith" Joe Dempsie and Daniel "Get Out" Kaluuya joined me and mum for dinner. Love those boys! xxx


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Nov 22, 2017
Ep 2: Will Young And Chris Sweeney

So for Ep 2 I thought it was only right and proper that I invite over my dear, dear family friend and awesome promo video director Chris Sweeney, along with his partner in podcast crime and Cabaret star Will Young, a.k.a. the Homo Sapiens boys! 


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Nov 15, 2017
Ep1: Sam Smith

So for the very first episode of Table Manners, I invited over my old mate and pop superstar Sam Smith. Over mum's turkey meatballs we talked about Sam's childhood food experiences, living without booze, and what he would choose for his death row dinner. Oh and he gave his very scary impression of a movie icon... Get stuck in people! Jessie x


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Nov 08, 2017
Table Manners Teaser

Welcome to Table Manners! Here's a little amuse-bouche to whet your appetites for my new podcast, which launches on 8 November with my mum Lennie and the one and only Sam Smith. Also coming on the show we've got Annie Mac, the Homo Sapiens boys, Daniel Kaluuya, GOT's Joe Dempsie and loads more. Oversharing - and overeating - are guaranteed. Get stuck in! Love, Jessie x


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Nov 01, 2017