Prue cooks up a drama

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

BAKE Off’s Prue Leith is pre­par­ing a drama tril­ogy she hopes will be “the new Down­ton Abbey” of Sun­day nights.

The 77-year-old is help­ing to land big rat­ings on Chan­nel 4’s ver­sion of the cake show, with co-judge Paul Hol­ly­wood and hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Field­ing. As she cooks up her new hit, she tells us: “I’m fin­ish­ing a tril­ogy of nov­els. It starts in the war, and there’s love sto­ries through three gen­er­a­tions of the same fam­ily. “My big am­bi­tion is for it to be the new Down­ton Abbey. “I don’t want to be in it, I want to write it. “Maybe a lit­tle cameo per­for­mance. A lot of it is based on per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence – es­pe­cially the mid­dle book, that was my pe­riod, cook­ing in Eng­land from the 60s to now.” Prue even has plans for one of the main roles in the drama. She says: “There’s a char­ac­ter in the first book, very pompous, ex-army, and I think I’d like Nathaniel Parker, a lovely ac­tor, to play that.” Prue says she has no prob­lem with all the at­ten­tion from Bake Off. She adds: “I rather en­joy it. It’s an ego trip. Peo­ple who stop you in the su­per­mar­ket are re­ally nice.” But Prue never watches the pro­gramme. She says: “I’m so vain, all I can think is, ‘Why won’t they stop film­ing my dou­ble chin?’.”

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