BBC Radio 2 has today announced that as part of its festive schedule the queen of baking, Mary Berry, will be welcoming Radio 2 listeners to her home as she chats to Liza Tarbuck in Mary Berry: At Home For Christmas.

The special programme will air on Christmas Eve (12-2pm), with Liza Tarbuck visiting Mary Berry at home for lunch. Expect festive food, Mary’s music and a healthy helping of nostalgia. In the grotto that is Mary’s kitchen, listeners be treated to some of her most indulgent seasonal recipes, get a unique insight into the music that soundtracked her childhood and find out what Christmas means to her.

Mary will share her recipes for the ideal Christmas food, including her very own chestnut and apricot stuffing, frangipane mince pies, leek and stilton soup, mincemeat loaves and mulled wine, not forgetting her top tips for the perfect roast potatoes and parsnips.

While tucking in, Mary will play some of the most festive music ever committed to record by artists such as Dean Martin, Perry Como, Shakin’ Stevens and Wham!, along with her own choices of warming hymns that mean the most to her. Christmas is well and truly under way!

Mary Berry says: “Christmas is a time for sharing and a great excuse to indulge your family and friends with your favourite recipes. There are so many wonderful ingredients to use and dishes to make. I’m looking forward to showing Liza around my kitchen and sharing a few of my family traditions, including my recipe for the perfect mince pies, which really are quite special! It’ll be wonderful to celebrate Christmas past and present with the Radio 2 listeners and a joy to share some fond musical memories.”

Liza Tarbuck says: “It’s an absolute treat to be invited into Mary’s home at Christmas. I’m hoping to pick up several festive food tips, and if she needs me to sample her cooking in the name of public service broadcasting, my goodness I’ll do it! I’m very keen to hear her music choices because music is so personal and a wonderful way to really get to know someone. I love my job.”

Lewis Carnie, Radio 2 Head of Programmes, says: “We have a fantastic schedule of programming coming up this Christmas on Radio 2, and I am delighted Mary Berry has agreed to be a part of it. This special show on Christmas Eve with Mary and Liza is the perfect winter warmer over the festive period.”

At Home With Mary Berry is a BBC Radio 2 Production.

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