Mary Berry heads to the Highlands for Christmas BBC special

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BBC Factual has announced that Dame Mary Berry is heading to her mother’s homeland of Scotland for a magical one-hour Christmas Special this December.

Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas for BBC One and BBC iPlayer is produced by the multi award-winning Rumpus Media.

Mary Berry in Scotland for a Highland Christmas

In this enchanting festive special, Berry travels to the Highlands on a winter break, cooking up some truly indulgent dishes that can be enjoyed at any time over the festive season.

Audiences will have the opportunity to recreate some of Mary’s favourite Christmas dishes, as well as those steeped in Scottish tradition, including a spectacular Cranachan wreath, indulgent cheese fondue and her classic Buche de Noel.

But this isn’t just any Christmas, this one is extra special and deeply meaningful for Mary because she’s spending it in her mother’s homeland, Scotland.

Sprinkled amidst the abundance of rich cultural delights will be Mary reflecting on her heritage with fascinating anecdotes about her Scottish roots.

She’s not going alone, accompanying her on this magical adventure will be special guests who’ll make this one a Christmas to remember.

From her cosy winter retreat, Mary will be cooking up sumptuous seasonal dishes that won’t break the bank and in true winter style she’ll also be embarking on magical days out with friends from reindeer herding to Christmas carollers and a traditional ceilidh.

As well as all the festive fun, the show will be packed full of Mary’s hints and hacks for the busy Christmas period for how to wow guests with a minimum of fuss, making a feast go further and her ingeniously simple kitchen tricks.

“Christmas in Scotland is the biggest treat, my mother and her family were Scottish so it is a special place for me”, Berry said.

“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, said: “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 said: “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 1×60’ series for BBC One, produced by Rumpus Media and commissioned by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events.

The Commissioning Editor is Ricky Cooper. The Director is Katy Fryer and the Executive Producers are Emily Hudd and Kelly Sparks for Rumpus Media.