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, it was announced today (MON).

Commissioned from Sidney Street, part of Endemol Shine UK, 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. 

 

Notes to editors:

About Sidney Street

Sidney Street is a production company founded in January 2016 by former MasterChef Creative Director, Karen Ross with Endemol Shine UK, and specialises in producing food, factual and lifestyle formats. 

Since founding Sidney Street, Karen Ross was commissioned to make Mary Berry Everyday and Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking, both six-part series for BBC Two, as well as Classic Mary Berry and Mary Berry's Christmas Party for BBC One.

Sidney Street’s also produces the successful, factual entertainment series for BBC One, The Farmer’s Country Showdown, which aired early in 2020 for its fourth series, a unique format that celebrates the diverse range of exceptional and inspirational family-run farms across the UK.

Sidney Street Productions most recently has been commissioned to produce Gok’s Easy Asian (8x30) for Food Network which takes viewers into Gok’s London home as he prepares simple versions of Asian food classics. In each episode, Gok prepares simple, mouth-watering Asian dishes that have become staples in British households.

Before setting up Sidney Street, Ross launched a re-versioned MasterChef in 2005 originally as Series Producer, steering it from its original early evening BBC Two slot (as MasterChef Goes Large) to a returning prime-time hit for BBC One, with three successful further iterations.

As Creative Director, Ross launched and oversaw eight series of BAFTA-winning MasterChef: The Professionals, eleven Celebrity MasterChef series, three of MasterChef Junior, and 11 series of MasterChef on BBC One.

In this time, Ross had also developed and launched shows including The Box with James Martin for BBC One, The Chef’s Protege with Tom Kitchen, Theo Randall and Michel Roux Jr for BBC Two.

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