Mary Berry’s television show Best Home Cook is set to be axed after the production company that made it went bust.
While a celebrity version of the programme aired in February, the original edition was last on screens in January 2020, and BBC bosses had put recommissioning the series on hold before the demise of KEO Films this year.
A source told the Mirror: ‘It seems to have been put out to pasture. There was talk about reviving the celebrity version but there’s still no word – we’re not holding out much hope.’
End of the road: Mary Berry’s television show Best Home Cook is set for the chop after the production company that made it went bust
KEO FIlms, the company co-founded by River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley, 56, folded in the summer with huge debts.
The company, also known for producing shows Once Upon a Time in Iraq and Exodus: Escape to Europe, dreamt up Best Home Cook after the BBC lost the rights to Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 in 2016.
The first series of competitive cooking show Best Home Cook aired on BBC One in May 2018 and was distributed internationally by Endemol Shine Group.
Screen stars: The show was hosted by Claudia Winkleman, 49, and originally featured judges Mary Berry, 86, Chris Bavin, 41, and Dan Doherty, 34
The show was hosted by Claudia Winkleman, 49, and featured judges Mary Berry, 86, Chris Bavin, 41, Angela Hartnett, 53, and Dan Doherty, 34.
Angela joined the show for series two after Dan was dropped when sexual harassment allegations were made against him.
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The BBC ordered a new series of Mary Berry’s Fantastic Feasts earlier this month, with the show seeing Mary help novice cooks get to grips in the kitchen with the assistance of two celebrities.
Meanwhile, it recently emerged Mary has done well since leaving the Great British Bake Off, after turning down a huge pay rise to move with the show to Channel 4.
The TV chef and cookery author is said to be work ‘nearly £20 million’ off the back of her TV shows, books deals and cookery products.
Exit: The TV chef and cookery author, (bottom left), turned down a huge pay rise to stay with Great British Bake Off after it switched networks from BBC One to Channel 4 after seven years in 2016
Mary’s loyalty in remaining with the BBC has certainly paid off, with Mary fronting a number of shows for the station including Mary Berry’s Simple Home Comforts, Mary Berry Everyday and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets.
She has also produced three cook books since her Bake Off days, all well as launching a range of cakes and an app called In Mary We Trust.
With her fingers in so many pies, it’s little wonder why Mary’s profits have soared, with The Sun reporting that accounts filed to Companies House reveal Mary’s company Mary Berry Ltd made a tidy profit of £1.3million in 2020.
While books with Mary Berry Merchandising declare a total of £417,980 for 2020.
The publication reports that while Mary was worth a whopping £15 million three years ago, she’s bagged a further £660,000 in wages from the BBC.
While she’s topped up her earnings with hugely successful cook books, food ranges and merchandise, boosting her wealth to an eye-watering to £19.6 million.
Quids in: Mary’s profits recently soared, with The Sun reporting that accounts filed to Companies House reveal Mary’s company made a tidy profit of £1.3million in 2020