Dahl to present Mrs Beeton show
Sophie Dahl is to present a documentary about the life of pioneering cookery writer Mrs Beeton.
The model turned TV star, whose own cookery show The Delicious Miss Dahl received lukewarm reviews, will recreate some of the recipes from the Victorian writer's famous book.
She said: "I have been a long-time devotee of Mrs Beeton and leapt at the chance to learn more about her extraordinary life through this programme.
"People have an image of her as a starchy Victorian matron, but she was actually a startlingly modern woman, who wrote her famous book at the age of 23. Her life story is compelling and I'm honoured to tell it."
Mrs Beeton's Book Of Household Management became an instant bestseller when it was first published in 1861.
The programme will be shown on BBC2 early next year.