“Pure comfort food — with outstanding knitwear”

Classic Mary Berry

Classic Mary Berry, BBC1

“Classic Mary Berry is pure comfort food — with outstanding knitwear. Berry’s programmes are an escapist portal into a bubble of ‘nice’ where all is lovely and just-so with the world.”
Carol Midgley, The Times

“There are no huge surprises. No curveballs are thrown. If Heston is way out there, Mary is very much in the middle of everything, mainly of England. Whisks, not risks, if you will.”
Sam Wollaston, The Guardian

“In this first episode, she taught us how to make a poached egg, whisk up some hollandaise sauce and slip it on to a shop-bought English muffin. She later demonstrated how to stir Dijon mustard into mashed potato. Somehow, by being the English octogenarian rose that she is, she got away with it. She cooks comfort food, and she offers first-rate comfort viewing.”
Daisy Wyatt, The i

“The writers appear to have confronted the private investigator clichés by including every one of them. But given that daytime drama is not really the place for complexity or grit, the first episode of Shakespeare & Hathaway did at least set up two leading characters you’d want to see more of.”
Benji Wilson, The Telegraph

“Fans of Midsomer Murders will settle in straight away and, with so many grim, grinding crime dramas clogging up the evening schedules, it’s worth setting the recorder for this one.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail

“This series has been a disappointment. This one felt like a muddle of The Day Of The Triffids, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and Stranger Things. Philip K. Dick’s best stories make readers question the sanity of their characters. This just made me glad we don’t have baseball in Britain.”
Christopher Stevens, Daily Mail