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BBC announces new Mary Berry cooking series and new Documentary Unit creative director

Dame Mary Berry will join BBC Two and iPlayer for Love to Cook, a new cooking series announced on Friday (June 11). The 6 x 30-minute series will premiere later this ...
June 11, 2021

Dame Mary Berry will join BBC Two and iPlayer for Love to Cook, a new cooking series announced on Friday (June 11).

The 6 x 30-minute series will premiere later this year. The series was commissioned from Sidney Street, which is part of BanijayUK. Karen Ross and Martha Delap are executive producers on the series, while Dave Crerar and Sarah Myland are series directors.

Berry has worked as a chef, food writer and TV presenter for decades. Her new series will see her speaking with other people about their own passions and sharing recipes.

“Over the past year many have had unexpected time on their hands at home and have found a love of cooking to be comforting and healing in very difficult times,” Berry said in a news release. 

Love to Cook is all about celebrating just that, with wonderful characters as I travel the British Isles in a quest to meet and share in our passion for food.”

The BBC also announced on Friday that Abigail Priddle had been appointed as  new creative director of History & Arts in The Documentary Unit, as part of BBC Studios’ Productions Factual Division.

In her new role, Priddle will provide creative leadership to production teams, play a major role in developing the strategy for History & Arts, and executive produce titles. Priddle has worked in BBC commissioning for nearly five years, overseeing programming such as The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story, The Trump Show and Bent Coppers.

“Abigail has shown extraordinary range in commissioning; championing indies big & small, nurturing onscreen talent and supporting new directors. She’s also passionate about quality & delivery – traits that are incredibly important for our content,” said Tom McDonald, MD of BBC Studios’ Productions Factual, in a news release.

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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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