- Radio Times
- Review by:
- Jane Rackham
She’s rocketed to superstardom as the polite judge on Great British Bake Off, but Mary Berry has worked in all corners of the food industry over the past 50 years and published more than 70 cookery books. Not bad for someone who admits she was “hopeless” at school (she only got two O-levels, in art and domestic science), so was lucky to be accepted onto an Institutional Management Course where she learnt “how to run a house — set the table, make the bed, clean the loo (flush, brush and flush) and cook”.
In this gentle, two-part documentary Mary reminisces about her childhood in Bath — including the scary period when she was hospitalised with polio — her first job as an electric oven demonstrator, and the food that her mother, and then she, cooked.
As you’d expect, it’s all very charming and well mannered (there are no skeletons lurking in Mary’s larder). In fact it’s as light and fluffy as one of her Victoria sponges.
About this programme
1/2. The first of two programmes in which the food writer and Great British Bake Off judge shares personal milestones, revisits favourite recipes and talks about the highs and lows of a life at the forefront of home-cooking. Mary traces the path from childhood in Bath during the Second World War to London in the 1960s, when she got her first big break. She reveals how a stern father, the contraction of polio and an inspirational teacher all influenced a career that has spanned more than 50 years. Mel Giedroyc narrates.
Cast and crew
- Mary Berry
- Mel Giedroyc
- Scott Tankard