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Wednesday 4 October 2023

Nigella Lawson's Amsterdam Christmas Special sees her savouring the city's festive delights

Nigella Lawson is set to make a festive return to the BBC this Christmas with "Nigella's Amsterdam Christmas Special," a magical 60-minute feature for BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

A regular visitor to Amsterdam during the holiday season for many years, Nigella's Amsterdam Christmas Special will delve into the reasons behind her annual pilgrimage, chronicling her deep affection for the city during Christmastime. The special will showcase the unique allure of Amsterdam—the glistening lights adorning the canals, the lively festivities, and the enchanting ambiance of the 'Venice of the North.'

Venturing into Christmas Fairs, artisanal food shops, and her preferred haunts in this historically and architecturally captivating city, Nigella will source ingredients for her festive feasts. Amidst the cheerful lights and bustling activity, she will also find moments of serenity and contemplation, capturing the true essence of Christmas to bring back home.

The recipes featured will draw inspiration from local ingredients found in both Dutch and Indonesian culinary traditions of Amsterdam. These dishes will offer a balance of simplicity and celebration, aiming to make Christmas both delectable and joyful.

Filmed in both London and Amsterdam, this festive special will embody the charismatic and enchanting style that viewers have come to associate with Nigella. It will offer her signature storytelling and accessible, rewarding recipes, taking the audience on a personal journey through Amsterdam during the Christmas season.

Nigella expressed, "There is nothing better than being able to share enthusiasm and joy, and I look forward to showing viewers the unique magic of Amsterdam at Christmas and unveiling new recipes that, while drawn from the history, culture and ingredients of this breathtakingly beautiful city, give ideas for fabulous, fuss-free feasting here at home!"

Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events, remarked, "We are really excited to be working with Nigella again and very much looking forward to her heartfelt Amsterdam-inspired Christmas."

"Nigella's Amsterdam Christmas Special," a 60-minute feature for BBC One and iPlayer, is produced and distributed by BBC Studios. The commissioning was overseen by Catherine Catton, Head of Commissioning, Factual Entertainment and Events. Paolo Proto serves as the Executive Producer, with Dominic Cyriax as the Director, and Ricky Cooper as the Commissioning Editor.

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