Culinary queen Delia Smith is returning to TV this winter with a brand-new cookery programme for BBC2.

Delia last appeared in the BBC’s 2002 series How To Cook.

Afterwards she announced she was hanging up her apron, saying: “I’m quite old now – I want to quit while the going is good.”

She complained that cookery shows had moved on.

Talking about the new breed of ‘celebrity’ chefs, Delia said: “Now people want to be entertained, whereas I was trying to teach how to cook, that’s where it’s different.”

Delia’s new programme will offer a glimpse into Delia’s life.

And it will show her using ready-made products alongside her own techniques, revealing her shortcuts to taking the effort out of cooking.

Nigella Lawson’s latest series Nigella Express also focuses on fast and easy recipes, and features scenes from the cook’s family life – although her ‘kitchen’ was revealed to be part of an industrial estate in south London.

Two years ago, Delia hit the headlines when she berated fans at her beloved Norwich City Football Club, with the now infamous line: “Where are you? Where are you? Let’s be having you!”