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Nigella Lawson returns to British TV

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Nigella Lawson returns to British TV

Nigella Lawson is set to host her first British TV show since her court case with her former assistants.

The 55-year-old chef - who last appeared on UK screens with 'Nigellissima' in 2012 - will present 'Simply Nigella' on BBC Two, a series focusing on 'a new pared-down approach to cooking and eating', rather than her usual decadent take on dishes.

Nigella said: "It's about food that makes our life easier, that makes us feel better, more alive and less stressed."

The cook appeared as a judge on 'The Taste' on Channel 4 in 2014, but this new show will mark Nigella's first solo venture with the broadcaster since the breakdown of her marriage to Charles Saatchi and the subsequent court case in 2013, in which she was forced to divulge details of the pair's tumultuous relationship and her own past drug use.

Nigella was at the centre of a very public court case in 2013, after she and Charles accused their former assistants of spending £685,000 on credit cards given to them for work purposes.

Months earlier, the couple's marriage had come to an abrupt end after Charles was pictured with his hand on his wife's throat in a central London restaurant.

But Lisa and Francesca Grillo were acquitted of fraud by a jury. It came despite the fact that Francesca, 35, had used her family card to spend £8,000 on designer clothes in a single day.