Marvelous Mary!

Sporting Shooter - - Readers’ Letters - Janet Raven­scroft, Der­byshire

What a pleas­ant sur­prise it was to see field­sports be­ing por­trayed in such a pos­i­tive and hon­est light in the re­cent BBC se­ries, Mary Berry’s Coun­try House Se­crets. First, the episode about High­clere Cas­tle ex­tolling the virtues of game meat and showcasing some im­pres­sive gun­dog work; then the episode at Scone Palace, where Mary is taken sal­mon fish­ing and learns about deer stalk­ing on the hills. Granted, the pro­grammes didn’t show any ac­tual shoot­ing, but the Scone one did ex­plain the land and herd man­age­ment prin­ci­ples be­hind the sport, and both episodes fo­cused strongly on the end prod­uct – game meat – ex­plain­ing how de­li­cious and healthy it is.

Al­though Mary wasn’t ac­tively pro­mot­ing the sport of shoot­ing, she didn’t ques­tion why we shoot or show any sort of non-shoot­ing bias, which was a re­fresh­ing change for a BBC pro­duc­tion. The recipes looked pretty good too!

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