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'It's a great final,' says Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood, Great British Bake Off
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We talk to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry about what we can expect from The Great British Bake Off final...

On the eve of The Great British Bake Off final, the last on the BBC before its move to C4, we talk to judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry about what we can expect...

How do you feel about this being your last Great British Bake Off final, Mary? "What can I say? I feel very honoured to have been asked to do Bake Off and feel so very sad not to be a part of it in future. I love it and it’s been a privilege to be part of seven years of magic in a tent. My Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue – have given me so much joy and laughter."

And, Paul, how do you feel? "I’ve loved every minute working with Mary. I will miss her."

What's the final like? Paul: "It’s a great final. Early on in the series I picked two of them in my head for the final – the other one’s a wild card!"

Mary: "Oh, I didn’t even try to guess. I’ve learnt my lesson from the past – whenever I’ve tried I’ve been wrong! All I’ll say is that viewers won’t be able to make up their minds early on. They’re all much of a muchness to start with – one mistake and the dream’s gone!"

Given this will be her last time crowing a champion, we suspect that Mary might shed another tear...

Mary: "I don’t cry! At least I don’t endeavour to."

Paul (joking): "It was hay fever!"

Mary: "I can’t help but be excited for the winner, seeing all their family and loved ones so happy for them at the final. It means so very much to them."

Finally, Mary, what's your last thoughts on the show? "It’s lovely to think that The Great British Bake Off got people baking again. I’m very proud indeed."

The Great British Bake Off final is on BBC1, Wednesday, October 26, 8.00pm

David is a Senior Digital Content Editor with over 15 years experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest soap spoilers and television news for Whatsontv.


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