Death of the Italian stallion?
Two Greedy Italians: Still Hungry BBC2, 8pm
ITALIAN men used to be macho, able to stand up for their honour, woo women, and do the tough things such continentals are known for.
Not for nothing was their role model Charles Hawtrey.
But as chefs Gennaro Contaldo and Antonio Carluccio visit Rome – where fathers sent their sons to become 'men' – the boys look at the modern Italian man and ask if there is still a place in Italy for machismo.
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The pair start in the rugged mountain villages of the Lazio region, where men still tend their flocks, provide for the family, and prove their worth in demonstrating how much they can eat. Being fat in these parts shows you're a real man, albeit with severe coronary heart disease.
But in Rome they find a different story. With women here increasingly taking control, they struggle to find what, in their fathers' day, would be considered 'real' men. They're given lightweight meals and encouraged to spend time in the gym. Next thing you know they'll be watching Newsnight Review.
Worryingly, they only discover 'real' men when they visit the Civitavecchia prison. But even here the majority of men are adapting to a more modern way of thinking, even doing a bit of cooking.
So is the end for the Italian stallion? The new Ferrari badge of a Chihuahua in a handbag will be unveiled in June.