BBC Factual has revealed that Dame Mary Berry will be venturing to her mother’s native land of Scotland for a special 60-minute Christmas programme airing this December on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The show, titled “Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas,” is being produced by the highly acclaimed Rumpus Media.
In this enchanting festive special, Mary Berry embarks on a winter retreat to the Highlands, preparing a selection of truly indulgent dishes suitable for any occasion during the festive season. Viewers will have the chance to replicate some of Mary’s cherished Christmas recipes, along with those steeped in Scottish tradition, including a breathtaking Cranachan wreath, a lavish cheese fondue, and her timeless Buche de Noel.
However, this Christmas holds extra significance for Mary, as she will be spending it in her mother’s homeland, Scotland. Amidst the array of culturally rich experiences, Mary will share captivating stories about her Scottish heritage. She won’t be alone on this magical journey; special guests will join her to make this Christmas one to be cherished.
From her snug winter hideaway, Mary will whip up sumptuous seasonal dishes that won’t break the bank. In true winter fashion, she’ll also partake in enchanting outings with friends, from tending to reindeer to carolling and participating in a traditional ceilidh. Alongside the festive fun, the show will be brimming with Mary’s tips and tricks for navigating the busy Christmas period, from wowing guests with minimal effort to stretching a feast and employing clever kitchen hacks.
Mary Berry says: “Christmas in Scotland is the biggest treat, my mother and her family were Scottish so it is a special place for me. The festive holidays are all about sharing special times with friends and family and so what better way than cooking some of my favourite dishes with a traditional Scottish twist. Joined by special guests and surrounded by beautiful scenery, these are recipes which can be used all over the festive season and I can’t wait to share Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas with BBC One viewers.”
Emily Hudd, Executive Producer, Rumpus Media says: “It’s an extra special Christmas this year as Mary takes us up to the beautiful Highlands to share some indulgent recipes that are simply too delicious to save for Christmas Day.These are recipes that are sure to become festive family traditions.”
Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, BBC says: “This Christmas, I’m delighted that Mary’s celebrating Scotland in epic fashion, with the help of some incredible recipes and some very special friends. I can’t wait for audiences to discover all the indulgent, comforting dishes Mary’s got planned to take us through the Christmas holidays – from fondue with an extra-special twist to mouth-watering cranachan, Mary’s sure to inspire cooks across the nation once again.”
“Mary’s Highland Christmas” is a one-hour series for BBC One, produced by Rumpus Media and commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning for Factual Entertainment and Events. Ricky Cooper serves as the Commissioning Editor, with Katy Fryer as the Director and Emily Hudd and Kelly Sparks as the Executive Producers for Rumpus Media.