Nigella Lawson is set to make a return to the BBC this Christmas with her special programme, “Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas Special”. This enchanting 60-minute show will air on both BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
For many years now, Nigella has made it a tradition to spend her Christmases in Amsterdam. In this special, she’ll share the reasons behind her deep affection for this splendid city during the festive season. She’ll vividly portray the captivating sight of lights dancing on the canals, the lively holiday spirit, and the mesmerising ambience that earned Amsterdam its moniker, the ‘Venice of the North’.
During her sojourn, Nigella will explore Christmas Fairs, artisanal food shops, and her preferred locales in this historically and architecturally rich city. Here, she will gather the essential ingredients for her holiday feasts, finding moments of serenity and introspection amidst the cheerful chaos, all in a bid to infuse her home with the true essence of Christmas.
Her culinary creations draw inspiration from the local flavours of both Dutch and Indonesian traditions that thrive in Amsterdam. The result is a selection of dishes that are not only delectable but also manageable, ensuring a joyous and hassle-free Christmas celebration!
This festive special has been filmed in both London and Amsterdam, and it promises to bring to audiences the familiar, charismatic, and enchanting style that they have come to associate with Nigella. With her unique narrative style and easily achievable recipes, she guides us through a very personal exploration of Amsterdam at Christmas.
Nigella says: “There is nothing better than being able to share enthusiasm and joy, and I look forward to showing viewers the unique magic of Amsterdam at Christmas and unveiling new recipes that, while drawn from the history, culture and ingredients of this breathtakingly beautiful city, give ideas for fabulous, fuss-free feasting here at home!”
Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, said: “We are really excited to be working with Nigella again and very much looking forward to her heartfelt Amsterdam-inspired Christmas.”
“Nigella’s Amsterdam Christmas Special”, a 60-minute programme for BBC One and iPlayer, is produced and distributed by BBC Studios. The commissioning was overseen by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning for Factual Entertainment and Events. Paolo Proto serves as the Executive Producer, and Dominic Cyriax is the Director, with Ricky Cooper as the Commissioning Editor.