Mary Berry on The Great British Bake Off series four and the RT Audience Award

"It is very exciting for all of us... we want the Radio Times viewers to vote for us"

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Queen of baking Mary Berry, her judging sidekick Paul Hollywood and the team behind hit cooking competition The Great British Bake Off have found themselves nominated for not one but two awards at this year’s TV Baftas. One of which is the Radio Times Audience Award

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Speaking to RadioTimes.com at the Bafta nominees party, Mary Berry said: “It is very exciting for all of us… We’ve all been talking about it. And we want the Radio Times viewers to vote for us – I hope they do!”

Asked why she thought viewers should get voting for the sweet-toothed show, the 78-year-old trend-setter said: “It’s got everybody baking… we’ve converted people to enjoy baking,” before adding: “It’s a great thing to share, and once you’ve made a few cakes, the whole family enjoy it and obviously are very proud of the people who are making them. It’s a great thing to do together, a great family thing.”

GBBO is known for its dedicated fan following, with the hashtag #GBBO trending during every transmission and hundreds of you getting out your spatulas to join in. “We get a lot of emails [from fans],” said Berry. “The great joy is when we get emails from children and they send maybe a picture of some cupcakes and they stand behind, absolutely straight, and you can see them beam and how proud they are.”

Mary and Paul are currently back in the iconic tent, getting their bake on for the fourth series of The Great British Bake Off, and fans have reason to be excited, thinks Berry: “We’re on the fourth programme and the standard is ever better.”

The Great British Bake Off has recently had some competition in the form of the newly recommissioned Great British Sewing Bee. With WI sewing teacher May and dapper Saville Row sewer Patrick as judges on the new show, there have been plenty of comparisons between the crafty duo and Mary and Paul. But that’s not a comparison Mary thinks is worth making…

“I didn’t really [see any similarities], no,” said Berry. “But I did enjoy it… I thought that was great and I was awfully pleased that the older lady won. Wasn’t she lovely?”

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The Great British Bake Off is nominated in this year’s Bafta Radio Times Audience Award, the only Bafta which can be voted for by the British public. See the shortlist and vote for your favourite here