Indian cookery guru Madhur Jaffrey is to front her first new series for over 17 years.
The 78-year-old will investigate the impact of curry on Britain in a ten-part series for the Good Food channel.
Born in Delhi, Jaffrey presented her landmark BBC show Indian Cookery over 30 years ago, returning in 1995 for The Flavours of India.
Also an actress, with a career spanning five decades, Jaffrey rose to fame as the star of early Merchant Ivory films – including 1965’s Shakespeare Wallah, for which she was named best actress at the Berlin International Film festival. In 2003 she played Pushpa Ferreira in EastEnders.
In 2004, Jaffrey was awarded an honorary CBE in recognition of her services to drama and the promotion of Indian food and culture.
Amanda Ross, producer of the as yet unnamed new series, said of Jaffrey: “She is in great form, and her unique passion, enthusiasm and insight will make this series very special for the viewers.”
The programme is expected to be shown later in the year.