Mary Berry’s loyalty to the BBC has been rewarded: despite the Great British Bake Off moving to Channel 4, the TV judge and baking expert is getting her own BBC1 show.
In Mary Berry’s Secrets from Britain’s Great Houses, the 81-year-old will explore the nation’s stately homes through the “prism” of food.
She will be prowling around great houses away from the well-trodden tourist paths, looking at life “upstairs” and “downstairs” and talking to custodians and their staff. And of course, she will be drawing on the houses’ rich culinary histories to produce her own recipes.
Berry commented: “I am so excited to be doing this new series with the BBC – I have always had an enquiring mind so I know I will be inspired by the great houses we visit.”
The BBC’s director of content Charlotte Moore added: “This series will be a real treat for BBC1 viewers to go behind the scenes with Mary Berry and explore Britain’s great houses through her love of cooking.”
Back in September when Bake Off’s move was first announced, Berry cast her lot with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, explaining: “My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one.”
The matriarch of the Bake Off tent has previously fronted programmes including The Great Holiday Baking Show and Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites.