NADIYA HUSSAIN and Candice Brown may have won The Great British Bake Off and be on their way to earning millions.
And the winner of this week’s MasterChef: The Professionals is welcome to enjoy the honour.
But when it comes to cooking – and baking – up a storm, they’d be hard-pressed to beat our very own culinary queen, Maw Broon.
And she’s set to see 2016 out in the best possible style.
Maw, in the shape of actress Joyce Falconer, is the superstar signing for STV’s big end-of-the-year party.
And she’ll be right at home as she’ll be alongside another Sunday Post favourite in Lorraine Kelly’s Hogmanay 2016.
STV’s Hayley Matthews pays a visit to Maw Broon’s kitchen to find out how she prepares for a traditional Scottish Hogmanay.
We’ll see Maw putting the final touches to her Hogmanay dinner, talking about The Broons’ 80th anniversary and wishing STV viewers a Happy New Year with a special toast.
Joyce, who played Roisin in River City for seven years, is no stranger to playing Maw.
She donned the pinnie for the sell-out Broons stage show that caused a sensation at theatres across the country this autumn, delighting audiences and winning rave reviews.
And Joyce said getting back into character for the festive special was the perfect way to round off what’s been a stellar year.
“I loved playing Maw on the tour, so it was brilliant to be back,” she said.
“We see Maw at the but ’n’ ben getting things ready for the bells with her steak pie and shortbread. We filmed it at a real country kitchen, which was lovely.”
Joyce, who has also starred in Taggart, Cardiac Arrest and Rab C. Nesbitt, grew up with The Sunday Post and our comic strip favourites.
“They’re close to my heart and when we were on stage that’s how the audience felt, too.
“We could feel the warmth and a lot of people told us afterwards that they were going home to look out their old annuals.”
The Hogmanay celebrations come from the iconic HM Frigate Unicorn, which is berthed in Dundee. And our comic strip legend will be in some pretty starry company as she brings in 2017.
Lorraine and Maw will be joined by Judy Murray, mum of Andy and former Strictly Come Dancing celeb, and River City and ex-High Road star Eileen McCallum. Broadcaster Jenni Falconer and Stevie McCrorie, the Scots fireman who won The Voice, are also on hand.
And other high-profile celebrity interviews include Deacon Blue frontman Ricky Ross and Two Doors Down actress Elaine C. Smith.
Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “We look forward to what promises to be a fantastic evening celebrating the New Year.
“Lorraine Kelly is joined by a host of famous faces and we are thrilled that Scottish icon Maw Broon is able to join the party.”
Lorraine Kelly’s Hogmanay 2016, STV, December 31, 11.15pm
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