BBC Daytime & Early Peak has commissioned Shine TV, in conjunction with Rick Stein Productions, to produce a 15-part series for BBC Two, Rick Stein’s Cornwall .

In the new series, Rick Stein will “share the road less travelled – championing the food, history, music, art and culture of the county many locals argue should be a country in its own right. He’ll explore how the land and sea has shaped the county’s larder and every episode will see him cook a simple dish inspired by his trips.”

Rick Stein: “Crossing the Tamar for our holidays to Cornwall from Devon was like going into another country and in the car on our way to Padstow we were driving through an enchanted land, capped for my sister and me by seeing the sea at Trevose Head for the first time. Now, after so many years of living here, it still does feel different. I want to try and explain that difference, to tell you what Cornwall means to me.”

Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC Head of Daytime & Early Peak: ‘Wherever in the world Rick takes us on his cultural and culinary explorations is a revelation and this time we’re delighted he’s roaming closer to home to give BBC Two viewers a taste of the real Cornwall. Although he made Cornwall his home decades ago, he’s in for a few surprises along the way and viewers can also expect their senses to be piqued as he dives into the county’s rich food heritage.’

Tanya Shaw, MD and Executive Producer for Shine TV: “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rick on his next series where he returns to the place he knows and loves best.  We hope Shine TV will do him and the series proud.”

Matt Bennett, Executive Producer and Director for Shine TV: “Rick is one of the great jewels of British television. Loved by all he has a rare, enviable quality which allows him to passionately inspire the young, the old and everyone in between. I feel very honoured to have the opportunity to work with someone I’ve admired ever since he hit our screens and hope that I can continue what my old pal, the late David Pritchard and Rick’s long-time director and friend, started all those years ago.”

Rick Stein’s Cornwall (15×30’) is a Shine TV and Rick Stein Productions production for BBC Two.

It was commissioned by Carla-Maria Lawson, BBC Head of Daytime & Early Peak and the Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Platt. Matt Bennett and Tanya Shaw are the Executive Producers. Matt Bennett is the director.

Chris Denham, along with the late David Pritchard, has been producing Rick’s shows for over 20 years.

This year Chris has decided to step down from his role and though he remains good friends with Rick he will no longer be involved in the making of his programmes.

Chris Denham, Founder and MD of Denham Productions: “After a very happy 20 plus years with Rick I am delighted to pass on the mantel to an excellent company like Shine, who will no doubt continue to make compelling shows with Rick while recognising the talented people in the Westcountry who bring his programmes to the screen.”


Pictured: Rick Stein’s Secret France made by Denhams for BBC

Jon Creamer

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