BBC One has revealed more details of its one-off festive special ‘A Berry Royal Christmas’ presented by cookery doyenne Mary Berry.
The show, which airs on Monday December 16 at 8.30pm, will offer a unique look into the charities that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge support. Mary will join the couple on four of their royal engagements.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Mary will travel to Liverpool to visit The Brink, the UK’s first dry bar set up by Action on Addiction, that provides a safe space for people who are suffering from addiction.
The Duke of Cambridge and Mary will visit The Passage which is the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people. Established in 1980, The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis through its resource centre, homelessness prevention projects and accommodation services.
Along the way, they will meet the people whose lives have been changed by the help and support these charities provide, especially at Christmas time.
Mary will also join The Duchess of Cambridge behind the scenes at RHS Wisley (The Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden at Wisley in Surrey) to learn more about The Duchess’ commitment to the early years in raising the next generation of happy, healthy children.
The Duchess will give Mary a tour of Wisley’s new play garden. It was inspired by the ‘Back to Nature’ garden that she co-designed at the Chelsea Flower Show, which aims to inspire children and families to have fun in nature, whilst hopefully nurturing a love for gardening and growing plants.
Throughout the programme Mary will also be cooking some of her favourite Christmas recipes for viewers to try out at home, as she helps prepare festive food for a very royal event to thank all those working and volunteering over the Christmas period.
The show will culminate in a Christmas party, hosted by The Duke and Duchess, with some special guests including Bake Off 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain, who will help with the festive food.
The party will be held to thank and acknowledge staff and volunteers from charities and organisations who will be working over the Christmas period. Mary will be on hand to advise on the Christmas menu, and The Duke and Duchess will even be getting involved in the kitchen with the party prep.
Mary said: “I’m honoured that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have invited me to join them on four of their royal charity engagements this Christmas. It will be truly special to see the causes so close to their hearts, as well as to hear all about the amazing support that these charities provide. The finale is a big Christmas party and I will be cooking up a feast for them to enjoy. It’s a one-hour Christmas special not to be missed.”