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Mary Berry to bring comfort with heartwarming dishes for new BBC series


The nation’s much-loved cook, Mary Berry, is back for a brand new BBC Two series, Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts.

Commissioned from Sidney Street by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Catherine Catton, BBC Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, the six-part, half hour series finished filming in January 2020, and is due to transmit later in the year.

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts follows Mary as she celebrates the best of comfort food, bringing the nation fuss-free recipes that can warm the cockles and lift the spirits.

Across the six episodes, Mary braves the elements to discover, and cook, the most heart-warming dishes on offer in the UK and abroad. Taking inspiration from the people she meets and the food she tastes along the way, Mary brings us simple to cook dishes that will brighten up even the dullest of days. The accompanying book to the series, of the same name, will be published by BBC Books.

Mary Berry said:

“At this difficult time I hope my new series, Simple Comforts, will provide viewers with just that and help put us back on an even keel with recipes to enjoy and make at home. I loved filming the series – a fond memory of a time when we could travel outdoors.”

Catherine Catton said:

“Now, more than ever, home cooking is central to daily life and Mary Berry’s take on comfort food is exactly what we all need.”

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts follows her previous five series also produced by Sidney Street: Mary Berry’s Absolute Favourites, Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking, Mary Berry Everyday, Classic Mary Berry and Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking.

Karen Ross, Managing Director of Sidney Street, said:

“Mary Berry is still the Queen of home cooking. There is no one  else we want to turn to when we are looking for something comforting to cook at the end of a very long day. This series is a celebration of all those wonderful just-sink-into dishes, all brought alive by Mary’s incredible skill, humour and her joy of cooking!”

Karen Ross is Executive Producer, with Alice Binks as Series Producer, and Sarah Myland and Dave Crerar as Series Directors.

BBC Books, BBC Publishing Director, Lizzy Gray bought the world rights to publish the accompanying book from Felicity Bryan at Felicity Bryan Associates.


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