Mary Berry wants to avoid tears on new 'Great British Bake Off'

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

'The Great British Bake Off' judge Mary Berry insists the BBC One baking show is going to "avoid tears" for the new series after last year's sob stories dominated the headlines.

Mary Berry wants to avoid sob stories on the new series of 'The Great British Bake Off'.

The 79-year-old baking queen has admitted that the fifth series of the programme won't be as teary-eyed as its predecessor, which regularly saw runner-up Ruby Tandoh crying into her pastries.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Mary said: "We want to avoid the tears."

She then added that the show's host Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are key to keeping the atmosphere upbeat in the baking tent.

Mary explained: "Mel and Sue play an immensely important part of the programme. I love it when they are cheeky and everything is right about the show this year.

"We had good weather, the atmosphere is great and in the past, we have lost good bakers because they have fluffed it. But this year, it was so close. We have never had a better final."

This year marks the show's move from BBC Two to the more mainstream and popular BBC One channel.

The fifth series saw over 16,000 wannabe-bakers apply and Mary's fellow judge, Paul Hollywood believes that the standard of applicants this year was "awesome".

He told the newspaper: "The quality and standard of baking this year has been awesome. They still had their faults - but that is what we are there for. Overall, the bakers were incredible and I have loved doing the show. Some did challenge me, which I liked."

Paul then joked: "The atmosphere has been very different too. They really bonded well. They are competitive but they are very supportive. It's cuddlier!"


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