Mary Berry has “real trouble” controlling herself amid The Great British Bake Off’s infamous double entendres.
The show returns to screens next Wednesday (24Aug16) and looks set to be the most successful series to date. Much of the programme’s attraction is down to the humour brought by presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, who frequently have viewers in stitches with their suggestive comments.
And Mary, 81, has revealed that she struggles when Mel and Sue, as well as her fellow judge Paul Hollywood, turn her remarks into something rude.
“We started the first challenge and the first thing out of Mary’s mouth was a ‘nice crack’ and that set the tone really. It was hilarious,” Paul told The Sun.
“I have real trouble. This goes on the whole time,” Mary jokingly moaned. “I try to gather them up but all three encourage each other and I am trying to get on with the job.”
The pair’s interview comes as the line-up for the upcoming seventh series of the show was unveiled. Those hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain are secondary school PE teacher Candice, 31, former The Royal Society of Arts worker Tom, 26, garden designer Jane, 61, finance worker Selasi, 30, former head teacher Val, 66, politics and economics student Michael, 20, teaching assistant Benjamina, pastor Lee, 67, student supporter Rav, 28, nurse Kate, 37, aerospace engineer Andrew, 25 and hairdresser Louise, 46.
However, the growing popularity of Bake Off and rising viewing figures means that the contestants struggled somewhat with nerves when they first started filming the new series.
“There were a few blue plasters,” Mary said. “They are looking around at what everybody else is doing. They know how to control the knives at home but ours are sharp and we are bound to get people who cut themselves. They are so nervous.
“But who wouldn’t be? It’s The Great British Bake Off.”
“We had a few disasters at the beginning and we had a lot of nerves,” Paul added. “They settle down but it took them a couple of programmes.”
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