The BBC has announced that former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry will return to BBC Two to front a new cooking series.

The show, which will begin in the new year, is called Mary Berry Everyday and will explore some of the recipes that have formed the cornerstone of her cooking career.

Across six episodes the 81-year-old will travel to her mother's childhood home in Scotland to enjoy venison, salmon and whisky, and have a go at beekeeping in search of honey.

She will also pursue the history of the great British pie and learn to milk a goat and make her own cheese, as she celebrates the food and ingredients she turns to most and shows an exotic larder is not needed to create delicious dishes.

BBC Two channel editor Patrick Holland, who commissioned the new series, said: "I am thrilled that Mary is returning to BBC Two to share her magic.

"Her everyday recipes are inspirational and delicious and her series will be a real treat for the audience."

The announcement comes after the firm TV favourite and judge on the hugely popular Great British Bake Off chose not to follow the show to Channel 4 when the programme rights were sold.

When the channel switch was revealed, Berry decided to remain with the UK's state broadcaster and said her decision to stay with the BBC was "out of loyalty to them".