Mary Berry is nicknamed Bez on the set of Great British Bake Off thanks to her clubbing past.
Her Bake Off colleague Mel Giedroyc reveals on Alan Carr Chatty Man tonight, that she is named after the hell raising Bez, the man who would shake maracas with the group The Happy Mondays and reputedly consume heroic amounts of drugs.
The name came about after Berry – whom RT would like to make clear does not indulge in illegal substances – confessed that she had visited the island of Ibiza and been to superclub Pacha in the early hours of the morning.
Giedroyc said she and her fellow Bake Off hosts were stunned at the revelation: “We said ‘Oh, was it afternoon tea?’ and she said ‘Got there at 1’. We were, like, ‘Oh, lunch time’. No, no my friends, 1 in the morning! Bezza got there at 1 in the morning, aged 71.
“She likes a tipple. We had quite an interesting evening, the night before the deliberations, Mary decides it’s a good idea – after a lovely cast dinner – to start on the tequila slammers. And you know how most people have the salt, and then they drink it, and then there’s the lime or whatever, she did it – there was no gurning, no facial reaction, it was just [mimes motions of tequila slammer] next one.”
Chatty Man airs tonight at 10pm on Channel 4 – guests are Mel & Sue, Miley Cyrus and Sean Lock.
The Happy Mondays, with the original Bez second from right