Food Network UK orders James Martin special

Produced by Blue Marlin Television, James Martin's Christmas with Friends will air on Food Network in the UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa in November.
September 20, 2016

Food Network will air the special James Martin’s Christmas with Friends across the UK and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Produced by Blue Marlin Television, the two x 60-minute special will see the British chef cook recipes along with celebrity friends and cooking stars, including baker Mary Berry, chef Brian Turner and Coronation Street‘s Jennie McAlpine. Martin (pictured) will also share stories from past Christmases, his childhood and his early years as a professional chef.

The episodes will air on the Scripps Network Interactive-owned channel in the UK on Nov. 14 and 21.

“Showcasing well-known British talent like James Martin on our platform has been a key focus this year, as we continue to establish Food Network as the leading global food, entertainment and lifestyle brand across EMEA,” said Kevin Dickie, senior VP of channels for Scripps in the UK and EMEA.

Other Scripps titles commissioned this year include Paddy McGuinness’ Stars In Their Cars and Grand Slam Fishing with Robson Green on Travel Channel, as well as a second season of Food Network’s Paul Hollywood City Bakes.

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