Mary Berrys cookery show set to be axed after production company goes bust

Mary Berry’s BBC One show Best Home Cook is set to be axed after the production company who launched the show went bust.

As loyal viewers prepared for a third instalment of the hit cookery show competition, the fate of the show now rests in the hands of the BBC after the production company KEO Films collapsed this summer.

But it appears the TV producers were already torn as to whether they should recommission the show which was last on air back in January 2020.

And viewers have been told not to hold their breaths for the return of the cookery show which saw humble cooks from across the country battle it out to see who would be crowned the best home cook in the UK.

The competition gained 3 million viewers when it first dropped in 2018, and raked in 3.8 million for the second series in January 2020.

Now an inside source has told The Mirror that there is no sign of a third series more than three years after its launch.

The source told the publication: “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.”

KEO Films, who was co-founded by celebrity River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittinghstall, announced the closure of the company due to the piling amounts of debts earlier this year.

The competition came after Great British Bake Off made the transition from the BBC to Channel 4 in which head judge Mary Berry refused to move with the show alongside TV presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

But the rival competition show kicked off to a tough start after the show came under fire when original judge Dan Doherty was cut from the show following sexual harassment allegations.

And the BBC were quick to replace him in the second series as Angela Hartnett took up the post alongside Mary and Chris Bavin on judging panel.

Despite her departure from the much-loved baking show, the loving grandmother has continued to stay busy presenting a slew of cookery shows in the meantime.

Aside from her role on BBC Two’s Everyday and Simple Comforts, the 86-year-old is set to launch a six-part series Love to Cook later on this autumn which is set to feature “heart-warming classics” to accompany her latest cookery book.

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