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Mary Berry reveals Christmas routine for Radio 2 listeners

The Great British Bake Off's Mary Berry has revealed her Christmas routine entails getting up early, warming crockery in the oven and setting the table.

Berry has welcomed BBC Radio 2 listeners into her home for a sneak preview of her festive plans, as she is joined by Liza Tarbuck.

In Mary Berry: At Home For Christmas, she talks about her favourite festive foods and recipes, and shares some tips with listeners.

She says: "I get up quite early on Christmas morning and put the plates in to heat and I love to lay the table and get it all sorted.

"We have the same Christmas mats and hats. They're getting a bit tatty but the family like to see the things they had before."

Her first choice for a Christmas song is Shakin' Stevens's Merry Christmas Everyone: "It really gets you in the mood for Christmas - it's jolly, it gets everyone humming and tapping their feet - I love it."

She also keeps a 1,000-piece jigsaw in her kitchen for when children need to be kept occupied or the men are "feeling a bit spare".

On Christmas Eve she cooks fish pie for the family, using smoked and unsmoked haddock as well as lots of hard-boiled eggs, "just the way her husband likes it".

:: Mary Berry: At Home For Christmas is on December 24 from midday to 2pm.

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