'Mary Berry Makes It Easy' Will Be A 'Baking Show' Reunion

Mary Berry with a lasagna in her kitchen in 'Mary Berry Makes It Easy'

Mary Berry in 'Mary Berry Makes It Easy'

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When Mary Berry left The Great British Baking Show after Season 7, she refused to head to Channel 4 along with the series due to her longstanding relationship with the BBC. She's been doing stand-and-stir presentations on British television since the 1970s as the resident cook on Afternoon Plus with Judith Chalmers. She has been on the air hosting her own shows, including Mary Berry at Home, Mary Berry's Cooking the Books, Mary Berry Cooks, and Mary Berry's Absolute Favorites, to name a few. 

Her latest series, Mary Berry Makes It Easy, brings the octogenarian back to television for another six-episode round of recipes based on her latest cookbook, which, naturally, is of the same name. The series aired on BBC Two in November 2023 to rave reviews in the U.K., as Berry's series usually do, followed by her holiday special, Mary Berry's Highland Christmas, which aired and streamed on PBS Passport over here during the 2023 holidays. PBS will follow Highland Christmas with Makes it Easy as part of the February 2024 lineup.

Mary Berry Makes It Easy will stream on PBS Passport for members as a binge and air on local PBS stations as a weekly series. For fans of The Great British Baking Show, the series will be an extra treat, not just as a counter to the overly-heavy Paul Hollywood version of the show that is now on Netflix or as a new weekly dose of Berry, but because the new series includes a GBBO reunion of sorts.

Mel Giedroyc and Mary Berry by the River Thames in Buckinghamshire in 'Mary Berry Makes It Easy'

Mel Giedroyc and Mary Berry in 'Mary Berry Makes It Easy'

2023 © Neil Genower 

Here's the synopsis:

Mary Berry is going to ‘make it easy’ over six delicious episodes, as she comes to the aid of some well-known and much-loved friends – both old and new – who are each struggling with a different cooking dilemma. Mary shows them – and the viewers – just how easy preparing mouth-watering food can be with her brilliant, easy-to-follow new recipes. Mary Makes iIt Easy is Mary Berry at her heart-warming best: just simple cooking and a beautifully produced series.

Berry will be joined by different celebrities in each episode, with her former co-star on The Great British Baking Show, Mel Giedroyc, as one of the highlights of the six-episode series. Others include TV presenters and British celebrities like AJ Odudu (The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice), Jordan North (Double Trouble), Michael Ball (Les Misérables), Anton Du Beke (Strictly Come Dancing), Lorraine Kelly (Lorraine), and Rosie Kelly Smith (The Cube).

Mary Berry Makes It Easy will premiere on PBS Passport with all six episodes on Saturday, February 24, 2024.

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