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Great British Baking Show: Mary Berry lands new BBC series

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Great British Baking Show fans rejoice!

Although Mary Berry will not be a part of the hit series when it moves to Channel 4, the queen of soggy bottoms and sugar-coated criticism is not going away from television. The baker, competition judge, and all-round lovely lady is set to front a new BBC series, Mary Berry’s Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses.

The newly-developed series will follow Berry as she visits the country’s finest aristocratic homes, exploring the heritage and legacy of each house. The 81-year-old will then create her own recipe inspired by the history of cooking from within each home.

“This series will be a real treat for BBC One viewers to go behind the scenes with Mary Berry and explore Britain’s great houses through her love of cooking,” said Charlotte Moore, BBC Director of Content >in a statement.

The former GBBS judge will also reveal what goes on, both upstairs and down, to keep the houses running smoothly. Each half-hour episode of the six-part series will see the expert baker meet the present-day custodians, pop downstairs to visit the kitchens, stroll the gardens, and peek into the private rooms — think Downton Abbey with fewer rooms and members of household staff. 

Berry recently chose not to follow The Great British Bake Off (as it’s known in the U.K.) when it ended its current run on the BBC. The charming and popular show moves to Channel 4 for its next season, taking Berry’s co-judge Paul Hollywood with it in the transition. Hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc also declined the offer to move to the new broadcaster.

“I am so excited to be doing this new series with the BBC,” said Berry. “I have always had an enquiring mind so I know I will be inspired by the great houses we visit.”