Bake Off final: Mary Berry reveals she feels sorry for GBBO co-stars Mel and Sue

Mary Berry accepting the Feature award for 'The Great British Bake Off' and Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain pose in the Winners room at the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Mary Berry has spoken about her pride in the success of the Great British Bake Off ahead of its final episode tonight - and revealed why she feels sorry for co-stars Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Tonight's episode of Bake Off, the final of this year's competition, will also mark Berry's final appearance on the show in its regular format. With GBBO moving to Channel 4, Berry has refused to move with it - a decision echoed by Mel and Sue.

Despite the controversy surrounding the show's move to Channel 4, Berry insists she looks back with nothing but fond memories.

She told the BBC: "It's such a wonderful programme and yes it's moving on. It'll be different but still just as special."

When asked how she came to get the judging role on Bake Off, Berry revealed: "I was just sitting on a Monday and the phone rang, they told me 'we're thinking of doing a baking show, The Great British Bake Off, and we're looking for a judge'. I thought 'ooh, that's exciting - cakes, baking that's what I know about.' But I thought I'd never hear anything else.

"Then they said 'can we come down and do a little filming of you, because there'll be others to choose from.' I was auditioned.

"They said 'we'll do all do all sorts of baking and bread.' I said 'gosh, I'm not an expert on bread.' So I had the lovely Paul Hollywood to join me. Together we're a team."

Looking back to the origins of the smash hit show, Berry says they started off in Kingham in the Cotswolds, with the famous tent in the middle of the village green. "The green room was in the village hall, it was raining like cats and dogs the whole time" Berry said.

When asked to name her stand-out moment for the show, Berry couldn't name one specific one, but said "one of the sad ones is when poor Mel and Sue have to say 'someone's leaving the tent.'

"Every time that happens it's a huge sadness for us, also the other bakers, and I just feel sorry for Mel and Sue. I always feel lucky I never had to do that."