Mary Berry lands BBC show to ‘save Christmas’ by teaching useless amateurs how to cook

Mary Berry lands BBC show to ‘save Christmas’ by teaching useless amateurs how to cook


AFTER the year we’ve had, national treasures like Dame Mary Berry should be wrapped in cotton wool and protected at all costs.

But instead of staying tucked up at home, she is coming to save 2020 — and Christmas.

I’m told the nation’s favourite cook has landed a BBC1 series where she will teach useless wannabe chefs how to pull off a festive spread to die for.

The show, currently titled Mary Berry Saves Christmas, will give ordinary people the chance to learn from the best in the business and surprise their families by dishing up the most incredible Christmas feast.

But you must be an utter disaster of a cook to start with.

Producers are looking for people who love a bit of Bake Off but whose talents don’t go beyond making a Pot Noodle.

There will be some familiar faces going up against Dame Mary, right, in the telly stakes, as I’m told her old pals on Bake Off will be airing a special on Christmas Day.

Thankfully, Covid won’t cancel it either, as they’ve already got the show in the bag.

Producers squeezed in an extra shoot while isolating and filming the main series, so viewers will see judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood oversee four previous contestants making festive bakes in the hope of being crowned Christmas Star Baker.

I can’t believe we’re already talking about Christmas. According to my calendar it’s still March.

War hero on bridge

IT’S never good news for reality show contestants when new faces turn up, and The Bridge is no different.

My exclusive pictures show late entries Ross Austen and Susie Bell, who are set to kick out one of the original 12 on the Channel 4 show this Sunday.

Army veteran Ross, from Devon, lost his left leg and part of his right leg serving in Afghanistan.

He said: “You don’t see many people with disabilities doing shows like this.”

Susie said the £100,000 prize would help her and her fiancé out of a financial tight spot.

Ross and Susie will certainly make things interesting

Rich new drama

ITV has announced a new drama written by Abby Ajayi, who penned award-winning thriller How To Get Away With Murder.

Six-part series Riches tells the story of a wealthy black British family whose secrets surface after the father suffers a stroke – putting control of his business empire at stake.

Towie? Here's Towik

A FORMER drag queen living in a rural menagerie of pigs, goats, ducks and dogs may sound like a drama – but for Paul O'Grady it’s real life.

Which is why ITV is creating a reality TV show providing us with a sneak peek inside his Kent home and farm.

Currently titled The Only Way is Kent – or Towik among telly insiders – it will be a series of half-hour-long shows airing later this year.

And it’s all because Covid postponed Paul’s new series about Asian elephants, which was due to be shot in Thailand this summer. Paul regularly visits animal sanctuaries, farms and animal-loving pals in Kent.

His favourite destinations include an eagle wildlife foundation, where he flies birds of prey, and an alpaca farm.

Paul admitted he wanted to buy one of the Andean mammals during a recent visit.

A TV insider said: “This is another way to explore his devotion to animals – albeit one slightly less exotic than a jaunt to tropical South-East Asia.”

I reckon Towik will be more gripping than Towie.

Return of the Fox

Zaraah Abrahams will play the returning Chelsea Fox in EastEnders.

The ex-Dancing on Ice star also played Joanne Jackson on ITV rival Coronation Street from 2005 to 2007.

Chelsea was previously played by Tiana Benjamin until her character left in 2010.

I've Dunn ten years in Hollyoaks

HOLLYOAKS star Sarah Jayne Dunn never expected a lengthy run in the Channel 4 soap – even asking the original cast for their autographs.

Ahead of the show’s 25th anniversary next week, she said: “When I got the job, it was for two episodes.

I was like, ‘Two is amazing. I’m going to be on TV’. I got everyone to sign their cast cards when I was leaving.

“A week later more scripts arrived, then I was there for ten years. Madness.”

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