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BBC One and PBS announces Dame Mary Berry’s Ultimate Christmas

Mary Berry is back for Christmas and this will be the only guide you’ll ever need for a fool-proof Christmas dinner.

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UPDATE: More details have been announced for the festive special!

In this new special, Mary shares her ultimate Christmas feast using her definitive tried-and-tested recipes, perfected over 50 years. She begins with a deliciously simple Stilton and sage mini scone canapé, followed by her traditional Christmas dinner of lemon and herb roast turkey with all the trimmings: crispy roast potatoes, ruby red cabbage, and apricot and chestnut stuffing.

Checking in with friends who share recipes reflecting their own heritage, Mary visits the home of chef Angela Hartnett, where she cooks up rich pumpkin ricotta tortelli, a seasonal tradition for her Italian family. Monica Galetti welcomes Mary to her London restaurant, where she prepares a twist on Samoan palusami with smoked haddock, cavolo nero and sourdough, which she’ll be serving to her family on Christmas Day. And Mary and TV host Rylan visit a ‘pick your own’ vegetable farm, where they cook up a yummy dish of Brussels sprouts with peas and cashews, hoping to convert some sprouts-hating kids.

Packed with classic recipes for a tasty three-course feast, she and her friends will also be helping you prep, shop and plan before the big day itself for a stress-free day.

With tips for how to get the most out of your ingredients and budget, Mary and her friends will also meet grocers and growers to help you get the best for your Christmas table this year.

Mary Berry says: “It goes without saying that Christmas is a very special time of year but over the last couple of years it has gotten challenging for us all, whether it’s the emotional hardship of lost loved ones, the economic hardship of cooking for large families or a combination of both. In this special I am going to bring together everything you need with tips to make it a festive day to remember fondly.”

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, says: “We’re delighted that Mary has – for the first time ever – decided to share her definitive guide to Christmas. For many of us, Christmas is a precious opportunity to spend time with family and friends, so I can’t wait for Mary to share her ultimate recipes, tips and tricks for what will be a truly memorable festive feast.”

Emily Hudd, Managing Director of Rumpus Media, says: “Who better to have on hand to get you through this Christmas than Mary, with her delicious, classic recipes and tips for how to make the best of the big day. Mary and her special guest chefs will help everyone elevate their Christmas dinner to a feast to remember.”

Zara Frankel, Director of Programming and Development, General Audience Programming at PBS, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Mary Berry back to PBS platforms for a truly unforgettable holiday special. From the shopping, to the prep, from the turkey to the pie, this holiday season Mary is serving up traditional dishes with her signature fuss-free style – exuding warmth, friendship and fun – and everyone’s invited.”

Christmas With Mary Berry And Friends will air over the festive season and will last for an hour. BBC also confirmed Call The Midwife Christmas special, The Smeds and The Smoos and much more.