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Mary Berry Cooks

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S1-E1 Afternoon Tea

S1-E1 Afternoon Tea

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Strip away the sultry looks to camera, ingredient fetishes and zoo-style banter and many modern food programmes are decidedly low on nourishment. Delia has sworn off telly, so let Mary Berry step in, solo, to show us how it’s done. 

Her new cookery series is all the better for being a simple “stand and stir”, and begins with a collection of afternoon tea recipes. Far from lacking dynamism, it’s a nonstop tip shop in which we benefit from her years of hands-on experience. Don’t make scones too big, so there’s room for everything else. Get down to cake eye-level when halving a layer of sponge. Feather the icing on a chocolate traybake for a Mr Kipling-style pro finish. 

And if you tuck them up carefully – cue a grandmotherly demonstration – finger sandwiches will last overnight in the fridge. It’s not rocket science. It’s more important than that. It’s cake. 


The food writer and Great British Bake Off judge is in her own kitchen to give step-by-step instructions for recipes for everyday meals and special occasions. She begins with advice on how to host a traditional tea party, sharing a clever trick for making sandwiches in advance and baking bite-sized scones for a cream tea, while her grand-daughters help her make orange butterfly cakes. Mary also visits a plantation in Cornwall to find out how tea is grown.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mary Berry
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Executive Producer Richard Bowron
Series Director Scott Tankard
Series Producer Scott Tankard


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