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 a 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.

F A R M  K I T C H E N
(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. Nigel spent several months with the Righton family at Home Farm in the Cotswolds, growing his own vegetables and generally helping around the farm in an effort to understand a little more of the story of how our food is produced.

Nigel and his co-presenter Adam grew wheat and oats from seed to harvest, eventually bringing them to the kitchen and making bread and pasta. They tended the farm's animals from birth to the point where they left the farm for slaughter, cooking with the meat and producing a final feast for local families. Apples were pressed for cider, vegetables were grown from seed and produce was sold at the local farmer's market.

Production Team:
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.

The Recipes
and in which books they appear.

Episode One

Cow Crumble Eat (as Slow Cooked Beef Pie)

All in One Rib Roast, Horseradish Glaze

Sprouts Bacon and Almonds Eat

Lasagne with Basil Oil


Episode Two

Lamb Burgers Eat

Grilled Lamb Belly Eat

Hearty Tomato Soup

Hazelnut Potatoes Eat

Fennel Beetroot Slaw

Simple White Loaf   Appetite

Bread and Jam Pudding


Episode Three

Chorizo Guacamole

Haricot, Herb and Ricotta Dip

Aubergine Hummus Eat

Spiced Chicken Parcel

Garlic Crumbed Chicken

Thai Spiced Roast Chicken


Episode Four

Sausage Danish Eat

Fish and Chips with Wasabi Mash

Cotswold Pudding

Pork Chops with Apple Gloucestershire Hot Pot

Ginger Chocolate Oat Bar

Oat Fig Stuffing

T W E L V E   T A S T E S  OF  C H R I S T M A S (BBC1 2012)

Two half hour programmes for BBC1 in which we explore twelve tastes associated with Christmas, from marzipan and nuts to ginger and the Christmas goose.
First shown on Friday December 14 and 21st at 7.30.

For this Christmas Special, Nigel celebrates the twelve 'tastes of Christmas' that mean the most to him including Goose, Ginger, Nuts, Marzipan, Mincemeat and Chocolate and prepares some of his favourite festive recipes. He travels to Norway to choose the Christmas Tree for Trafalgar Square, sees it felled and then joins the celebrations as it is lit for Christmas in the Square.

Production Team

Director Sarah Myland. Food Producer James Thompson.

Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill. Series Producer Michelle Crowley.
Executive Producer Simon Knight.

The Recipes
and in which books they appear
Gammon with Treacle Bacon Crust

Marzipan Berry Cakes Kitchen Diaries Kitchen Diaries 2

Roast Goose Chickpea and Lemon Stuffing Kitchen Diaries 2

Festive Fruit Salad Brandy Snap

Salmon Wellington Kitchen Diaries 2

Salmon and Roasted Garlic Cream

Spiced Caramalised Pecans

Ginger Fizz

Mulled Lamb

Porcini Nut Patties

Ginger Biscuits

Sticky Cranberry Sausages Eat


D I S H  OF  T H E  D A Y (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.

The cooking is typical of Nigel's relaxed style of everyday eating and features over 40 easy to prepare recipes. There is much emphasis on using what we have to hand, and many of the dishes are made from whatever happens to be in Nigel's fridge. Determined to use every little bit of his weekly shop, the message throughout the series is very much waste not, want not.

Production Team
Director Sarah Myland, Food Producer James Thompson, Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Jen Fazey.
Executive Producer Pete Lawrence.

The Recipes
and in which books they appear

Episode 1:
Spicy Stuffed Pitta
Ricotta Beefburger Eat

Crumbled Burger Tagliatelle
Spuds, Bacon and Beets Eat
Sesame Seed Salmon Kitchen Diaries 2
Lemon and Thyme Cake Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Episode 2:
Salmon Summer Roll
Chicken and Leek Pie Kitchen Diaries vol 2
Broad Bean with Pea Shoots and Mint Salad with Cold Pie
Mushrooms and Cracked Wheat Kitchen Diaries vol 2
Prawn Parcels
Raspberry Cinnamon Chocolate Meringue

Episode 3
Ham and Greens Butty
Pork and Blackberries
Pork and Olive Salad Kitchen Diaries vol 2
Duck and Crushed Cannelini Eat
Smoked Trout Salsa

Fig Flapjack

Episode 4

Haddock Chowder Kitchen Diaries 2

Haddock  Pasty
Crumbed Lamb Steaks with Swede Mash
Espresso Ice Cream
Fennel and Feta Linguini

Episode 5

Breakfast Hash Kitchen Diaries Vol 2

Herby Artichoke Casserole
Spicy and Cool Artichoke soup Tender vol 1
Smoked mackerel Slaw

Pickled vegetable and mozzarella salad Eat
Compost crumble

Episode 6
Goats cheese frittata Eat
Butternut squash soup with skin crisps Kitchen Diaries 2
Butternut squash risotto

Sprouts, Peas and Blue Cheese

Rib Ragu Kitchen Diaries vol 2


Episode 7

Date and Bacon Sandwich
Duck and Citrus Salad
Sweet and Sour Duck Broth
Beetroot Chocolate Cake Tender vol 1
Seeded Snaps


Episode 8

Oyster Mushroom and Talleggio Toastie
Slow Roast Leg of Lamb with Herb Rub

Lamb Croquettes
Lentil Stew Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Chorizo and Mozzarella Baguette Eat

Grocers Pie

Banana and Coconut Trifle

S I M P L E  C H R I S T M A S (BBC1 2011)

Production Team.

Food Producer James Thompson

Director Sarah Myland. Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill

Series Producer Jen Fazey. Executive Producer Simon Knight

The recipes

and in which books they appear

Mincemeat Trifle Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Wild Scottish Venison with Port and Figs

Mackerel Toasts Kitchen Diaries vol 1

Sweet and Sharp Sea Bass (A ceviche of Sea Bass) Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Smoked Highland Chowder Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Hearty Party Hot Pot

Chocolate Flapjacks

Crisp Winter Slaw Tender vol 1

Christmas Quakers Kitchen Diaries vol 1

S I M P L E  C O O K I N G (BBC1 2011)

Classic Culinary Pairings.
In this eight part series for BBC1, Nigel presents over 40 recipes that demonstrate classic culinary pairings. The episodes celebrate the time honoured partnerships of hot and cold, sweet and sour, crisp and soft, surf and turf, spicy and cool and offers recipe that show why these time-honoured marriages are so good.

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.

Production Team
Director Sarah Myland, Food Producer James Thompson, Lighting Cameraman Richard Hill, Series Producer Jen Fazey.
Executive Pete Lawrence.

The recipes
and in which books they appear

Episode One

Pork with Gooseberries Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Beetroot raspberry Vinegar

Salmon with chutney

Rhubarb with Caramel Sauce Kitchen Diaries vol 2


Episode Two

Mackerel with Potato Bacon

Lamb Shanks with Anchovy

Scallops with Chorizo

Sea Salt Chocolate Snaps Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Trout with Parma Ham


Episode Three

Coconut Chicken Chilli Chicken with Apricots Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Spiced Rice Pudding

Mozzarella with a Parmesan Crust Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Butternut Squash Pie Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Poached Pears with Florentines Real Food


Episode Four

Crab Cakes with Crushed Peas

Honey Roast Ribs with Anise Kitchen Diaries vol 1

Prawn Noodle Soup Eat

Onion and Lentil Stew

Sticky Plum Cake


Episode Five

Roast Tomato Pepper Pasta

Fig and Blackberry Pie

Chestnut Stuffed Mushrooms (stuffing in Tender vol 2)

Barbecued Lamb with Yogurt

Porridge Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Fish with Chilli and lime Kitchen Diaries vol 1


Episode Six

Caramelised Apples and Ice Cream Tender vol 2

Savoury Apple Crumble Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Black Pudding Sausage Roll Kitchen Diaries 2

Kohl Rabi Citrus Salad  

Spiced Bread and Butter Pudding Kitchen Diaries vol 2

S I M P L E  S U P P E R S
Series Two  (BBC1 2010)
A second series of six thirty minute programmes of easy, every cooking. 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, Producer Jen Fazey. Series Producer Simon Knight. Executive Producer Pete Lawrence.

The recipes and in which books to find them.


Episode One

Turkey and Spinach Bake

Watercress Pesto

Ploughman’s Pie

Mackerel with Lemon Grass

Everyday Roast Chicken Real Food


Episode Two

Lamb, beet and bulgur patties Tender vol 1

Peas, Pasta and Parmesan

Sausage, Bean and Chorizo Soup

Fruit Patch Pudding

Salmon and Watercress Tart (Salmon and Spinach Tart) Kitchen Diaries 2


Episode Three

Mustard and Lemon Sausages

Spiced Aubergine Chilli

Chilli Feta

Orange and Cardamom Jelly

Quick Korma


Episode Four

Cheese and Thyme Pudding Kitchen Diaries vol 1

Pumpkin Pan Fry Tender vol 1

Marrow with Tomatoes Tender vol 1

Herb Mushrooms

Black Banana Cake Kitchen Diaries 2


Episode Five

Five Spice Pork Belly Kitchen Diaries 2

Lentils with Chard Tender vol 1

Sea Bass with Lime and Lemon

Beef and Beer Tender vol 1

Beetroot Seed Cake Tender vol 2


Episode Six

Chocolate Cookies

Basil Tomatoes

Grated Roots with Mozzarella

Duck with Honey and Figs Kitchen Diaries vol 2

Crisp Greens with Cream Sauce

S I M P L E  S U P P E R S Series One (BBC1 2009,
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.

The Recipes and in which books to find them.

Episode One

Chicken Patties with Herb Mayonnaise

An adaptable Bean Soup

Raspberry Trifle

Goat’s Cheese Garlic Toasts

Friday Pan Fry


Episode Two

Chicken Salad with Couscous and Oranges

Bubble and Squeak Cakes

Quick Rhubarb Tart

Mackerel with Rhubarb Tender vol 2

Leek Risotto, Parmesan Crisps Tender vol 1


Episode Three

Grilled Lamb with Lemon and Feta Kitchen Diaries 1

Braised Lettuce Tender vol 1

Raspberries, Oats and Cream

Smoky Tomato Sauce for Pasta Appetite

Thai Noodle Soup


Episode Four

Sausages and Mustard

Carrot and Coriander Fritters Tender vol 1

Green Beans, Ham and Cheese

Pork Chops, Apple and Cider Tender vol 2

Smoked Haddock Chowder with Leeks Kitchen Diaries vol 2


Episode Five

Sticky Chicken, Lemon and Honey Kitchen Diaries vol 1

Grilled Prawns, Yoghurt and Mint

Pork Meatballs Kitchen Diaries 1

Hot Spiced Fruit with Rice Cream

Roast Duck, Citrus Salad


Episode Six

Moroccan Chicken Casserole

Roast Figs, Honey and Marsala Tender vol 2

Neck of Lamb Stew

Quick Vegetable Curry

Stuffed Squash

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.


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:

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.