Nadiya’s British Food Adventure will air in the summer and sees her take “a culinary road trip around Britain”, visiting a different region of the UK in each episode in a bid “to uncover some of our most exciting food pioneers”.
Each episode will also see her return to her kitchen to recreate some of the recipes she has unearthed.
The areas covered in the eight-part series ranges from the Highlands of Scotland and the coasts of Devon and Dorset.
She said: “Our country’s regional cuisine is much more than tried and tested traditional dishes – there are quirky and clever food producers out there who are reinventing British food in unique and exciting ways. I can’t wait to meet these local food heroes, to find inspiration in the most unusual food stories and unlikely ingredients and then come up with some brand new recipes in the kitchen adding my own special twist.”
Last autumn she signed up to stay with the BBC amid reports that Channel 4 was keen to hire her as a presenter for The Great British Bake Off when the show transfers to the broadcaster later this year.
Also included in the list is Special OPS: 1943, a five-part BBC2 series about a crack team of undercover agents who were plucked from civilian life during the Second World War.
They were intensively trained to go behind enemy lines in Europe where they ran resistance cells, gathered intelligence and undertook sabotage missions, but their enormous contribution to the war effort is still largely unknown.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.