Mary Berry gives Channel 4's Great British Bake Off her seal of approval: 'It's brilliant'

Mary Gallagher

Great British Bake Off legend Mary Berry has given her verdict on the show on its new home of Channel 4 and confessed she is watcing it and thinks the revamped version is “wonderful”.

The 82-year-old TV star has been replaced on the popular baking series by restaurateur and cookery writer Prue Leith, but Mary is full of praise for the new team and refused to criticise Prue or new presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

Mary Berry at the TV Choice awards

Speaking to Yahoo Celeb UK at the TV Choice Awards in London’s The Dorchester last night, Mary gave the new show her seal of approval and said: “I have looked at it yes, and I have to say it’s a wonderful format.

“It’s a wonderful creation that programme, and it’s followed the same lines. It continues to be brilliant.”

Mary relished her time on Bake Off, but is now happy to sit back and watch Paul and Prue in action.

Commenting on her former co-judge offering two handshakes to delighted bakers in the opening episode, she said: “The standard seems very good and Paul likes giving out his handshakes. I mean he knows his stuff and he’s a very good judge.”

She said, too, that Prue and Paul Hollywood will continue to push the programme forwards in the coming years.

“I was with it seven years and I loved it but I’ve gone on to pastures new and Prue Leith – she knows her stuff – and she and Paul will continue to be brilliant judges.

“I have spoken to Prue, I obviously wished her well and she said she’s thoroughly enjoying it and who wouldn’t? It’s a terrific job.”

But since she decided against following the programme to Channel 4 – after a six-year-stint as a judge – Mary has kept herself busy with her new show and hasn’t had much time to relax.

She said: “I haven’t because I’ve just done my cooking programme for next year, so I haven’t been at home that much.

And of her latest TV project, she shared: “I am doing ‘The Secrets of Country Houses’ which will be out in I think October and that has been terrific fun! Going to houses that the owners actually live in, and I’ve been down secret passages, they’ve shown be all sorts. I’ve met families, and we’ve had a party in most houses, it’s been terrific. I think it will be exciting.”

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