Mary Berry gets new BBC show following Great British Bake Off departure

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  • Mary Berry has been confirmed for a return to the BBC, in a brand new cookery show.

    It’s been just over a week since we waved goodbye to The Great British Bake Off 2016, and with the show set to move to Channel 4 next year, Mary (along with Mel and Sue) revealed she wouldn’t be moving with it.

    Now, the BBC have revealed some exciting plans for the former Bake Off judge, confirming a new TV series with the star.

    Mary is set to return to BBC One to present a brand new programme for the channel, which will combine food and history with the star visiting stately homes and learning about their culinary past.

    Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses will be a six-part series that sees Mary visiting a different grand residence in each half hour episode, touring both upstairs and downstairs areas in the homes and taking a look at gardens, kitchens and private rooms too. Inspired by the history of each house, Mary will also create her own recipes from what she’s learned.

    Mary at the Pride of Britain Awards earlier this week

    BBC One controller Charlotte Moore announced the news at the Broadcast Commissioning Forum, saying: ‘This series will be a real treat for BBC One viewers to go behind the scenes with Mary Berry and explore Britain’s great houses through her love of cooking.’

    ‘I can’t think of anyone more perfect to tell the stories of these great households and to bring us such a unique insight into Britain’s rich culinary past,’ added Tanya Shaw, managing director at series production company Shine TV.

    It seems the subject of the show is right up Mary’s street, and she can’t wait to get started on her new project:

    ‘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,’ she said.

    The air date for the series has not yet been announced.