DIET HARD! You Are What You Eat Special: Michelle McManus, Channel 4, 8.00pm It takes an awful lot to get us excited about any programme involving the dreaded "Doctor" Gillian McKeith. She’s so dull and macrobiotic and humourless that no matter how much she tells us that lentils and mung beans will add ten years to our lifespan, we can’t help thinking that if those ten years are going to be spent with people as horrifyingly smug as her, we’d rather die as soon as possible. However, as soon as we heard tell of this programme late last year, we knew it was going to be must-see TV. Former Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus opens her fridge (and quite possibly her colon) to Gillian, whilst maintaining that she’d never lose weight for the sake of her career. Newsflash: Michelle, what little career you’ve managed thus far is entirely because of your weight, and certainly not your singing voice, so that’s quite a smart decision on your part. Well done. However, she would like to lose some weight for the benefit of her health, so thus Gillian is beckoned. And apparently Michelle isn’t eating enough food. Say what now? Well, it will all be explained during the show, apparently.
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