Sweet of you to say that, Chessiegal -thank you! My "retirement" from commenting has been put on the back burner, at a slow simmer!!
The FN UK channel is quite a mishmash of progs both UK-based and also (which is how I first encountered both Ina and PW) shows from the States. And there are a lot of repeats and only the vaguest chance that you get to see things in the proper sequence; with something like Diners, Drive Ins & Dives (which comes on for hours on Sunday afternoons here), that doesn't matter a jot. Jamie Oliver can be really good - his 15 minute meals, in particular, tho' it takes A Real Person in A Normal Kitchen a bit longer to achieve what he does within the time, unless you spend more than a moment or two assembling everything before the stopwatch countdown begins.
Nigella (like Delia Smith, she's become known just by her first name) is one of those people who is either loved or loathed, with no grey area in between. She has become a slight caricature of herself on the BBC shows she does - perhaps it's by design? But I love her books: she writes so beautifully and the chatty narrative prefacing a recipe is informative and interesting. Main plus is she freely admits that she's not a chef or a trained cook, and simply loves to eat (which is rather refreshing!). Equally refreshing is her admission that her recipes are her take on something familiar...huge mutterings when she added a slug of vermouth to spaghetti carbonara was one instance of "purists" getting hot under the collar (silly people: taking pasta, eggs, bacon & cheese so seriously).
I don't know whether you are able to access BBC progs generally on the PBS stations? I love any programme that features Rick Stein. He has done loads of wonderful travelogue series, all over the world, inc India (where the difference in food because of culture, climate & therefore ingredients, etc differs vastly from the north of the subcontinent right town to the southern-most point) and also the US. His "Venice to Istanbul" food adventure was so interesting - a bit of history, lots of food and altogether really engaging. He is articulate and has such an infectious enthusiasm for all that he encounters but isn't afraid to pull a face at something ghastly. And when he creates his own version of something it's not terrifyingly complicated and one does think I could do that. (in fairness to Jamie Oliver and others, they have done travelogue-type programmes as well which have been interesting, BUT Rick Stein is my favourite because of the rather endearing quality he brings to the screen...as well as the food!).
How lovely to have your September trip to London to look forward to. There is so much to do and see.