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A U T H O R,  J O U R N A L I S T  &  P R O G R A M M E  M A K E R,  Nigel Slater has presented several BBC television series and documentaries. His  memoir, Toast, the Story of a Boy's Hunger, became a major BBC film starring Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore. Nigel's weekly cookery programmes regularly reach audiences of over 4 million in the UK and are shown in 52 countries. His current projects include a documentary and new six part television series.


T E L E V I S I O N  S E R I E S
In Production
A new six part series for BBC1.

Farm Kitchen
(BBC1 2013)
A four part series of prime-time, hour-long programmes for BBC1. Shown Autumn Winter 2013 and co-presented with Countryfile's Adam Henson, the series was filmed on a working farm in Gloucestershire and follows our food from Farm to Fork.
Food Producer James Thompson. Directors Emma Boswell, Eileen Inkson, Michelle Bullen, Giles Harrison.
Food Director Sarah Myland. Lighting Cameraman John Collins. Series Producer Kate Shiers.

Twelve Tastes of Christmas (BBC1 2012)
Two half hour programmes for BBC1 in which we explore twelve taste associated with Christmas, from marzipan and nuts to ginger and the Christmas goose. The story also follows Nigel on a trip to Norway to choose the Christmas Tree for Trafalgar Square. First shown on Friday December 14 and 21st at 7.30. 

Director Sarah Myland, Food Producer James Thompson,

Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Michelle Crowley.
Executive Producer Pete Lawrence.



Dish of the Day (BBC1 2012)
A fourth series for BBC1. Nigel Slater's Dish of the Day started on Friday 12th October at 7.30 and ran for eight weeks. The series was repeated on Sundays at 5.30pm.
Director Sarah Myland, Food Producer James Thompson, Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Jen Fazey.
Executive Producer Pete Lawrence.

Simple Cooking (BBC1 2011)
Nigel is a home cook, not a chef, as the simple, understated cooking in this series shows. Most of the recipes are available in Tender volumes i and ii. First shown in Autumn 2011.
Director Sarah Myland, Food Producer James Thompson, Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Jen Fazey.
Executive Pete Lawrence.
 

Simple Suppers (BBC1, Series 1 - 2009, Series 2 - 2010)
Quick, simple food that is within the capabilities of the most inexperienced cook. Each programme takes us through a week's worth of simple suppers which explore the idea of cooking with our instincts and appetites rather than rigidly following recipes word for word. Series 1 was first shown in Autumn 2009. Series 2 in 2010.
Director Simon Kerfoot, Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Jen Fazey. Executive Producer Pete Lawrence.


D O C U M E N T A R I E S
In Production
A new one hour documentary for BBC4.

Nigel and The Great British Biscuit
(BBC4 2013)
An hour long documentary shown at Christmas 2013 following the country's love affair with the humble biscuit, from Cream Crackers to Custard Creams.
Produced and Directed by Mark Adderley.

Life is Sweets (BBC4 2012)
First shown in November 2012, an hour long documentary for BBC4. The magical, nostalgic story of sweets and chocolate as told through the presenter's life. it became one of the highest rating documentaries in the channel's history.
Produced and Directed by Mark Adderley.

F I L M S

Toast (Ruby Films, BBC Films. 2010.)
A ninety-minute film of Nigel's award-winning autobiographical novel Toast by Ruby Films for BBC1. The film, shot in various locations in the Midlands is directed by SJ Clarkson (Dexter, Life on Mars, Whitechapel) and stars Helena Bonham-Carter in the role of Mrs Potter. The screenplay is by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and the cast list includes Ken Stott as Nigel's father, Victoria Hamilton as his mother and Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) as the teenage Nigel. The cast also includes Ben Aldridge, Matthew McNulty and Oscar Kennedy as the young Nigel.
Toast was shown BBC1 at 9.00pm on Thursday 30th December 2010 attracting 6.2m viewers and was shown at Berlin Film Festival 2011. The film was shown throughout the US in Autumn 2011 and at the Warsaw and Taipei Film Festivals.
Director SJ Clarkson, Executive Producer Alison Owen.

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T E L E V I S I O N  A R C H I V E

A Taste of My Life (BBC2, Series 1 2006, Series 2 2007, Series 3 2008)

The story of what we cook and eat is in itself a form of autobiography. A Taste of my Life is three series of ten programmes made for BBC television that has allowed writers, actors and entertainers to tell their story through the medium of food. Produced and directed by Mark Adderley of Doghouse Films and based on the idea behind Nigel's autobiography Toast, the first series ran in Autumn 2006, the second in Spring 2007 and the third in Spring 2008. Guests have included the writers Alan Bennett and Meera Syal, the film director Richard E Grant, actors Vanessa Redgrave, Miranda Richardson, Brenda Blethyn, John Hurt, Timothy Spall, Sue Johnston, Liz Smith, Tamsin Grieg, Alex Kingston, Richard Briers, Max Beesley, Julia Sawalha, Keith Allen, John Barrowman, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Jane Horrocks, Angela Griffin, Thandie Newton, comedians Sanjeev Bhaskar, Jo Brand and Lenny Henry, Satirist Rory Bremner, cookery writer Nigella Lawson and the journalist and broadcaster Janet Street Porter.
Taste of My Life website: www.doghouse-media.co.uk

Real Food (Ch 4, 1998.)
Nigel's first television series Real Food was first shown on Channel 4 in 1998 and was produced by Frances Whitaker for Kudos Productions. The eight programmes featured guest cook Nigella Lawson and covered eight of Nigel's favourite passions from Ice Cream to Chocolate. They are regularly repeated. The book Nigel Slater's Real Food accompanies the series.


Nigel has also appeared on Gardener's World BBC2 (2011), Grumpy Old Men, BBC2, 2006, 2007; Eating With Nigel Slater, BBC 2, 2006, How Britain Got the Gardening Bug, BBC4, 2009.


R A D I O  P R O G R A M M E S

In production.
A short serial for Radio 4.

Nigel's memoir
Toast - the Story of a Boy's Hunger was serialised on Radio 4's Book of the Week, read by the author.
Nigel has appeared on Desert Island Discs, Gardener's Question Time and Front Row and is a regular contributor to Woman's Hour and The Food Programme. The Food Programme and
was a regular panelist on the Radio 4 series Curious Cooks.