We all love the GBBO because there’s something essentially comforting about baking for others, and being baked for. I also love the enthusiasm it’s generated – it’s wonderful to think that Mary Berry can set even the youngest viewer off on the baking path.
Where do you watch it?
I watch it out of the corner of my eye, making mental notes of Mary’s wonderful advice. I adored appearing in the Comic Relief edition – apart from the fiendish choux pastry technical – as Mary is encouraging even in her toughest criticisms.
Has it inspired you to dust off the rolling pin?
I’m never going to master choux pastry because I’m never going to try! I’ve always baked but these days I do aspire to the wonderful chocolate cakes on Bake Off – a cut above my usual Victoria sponge.
What the shortlist judges say
“This really felt like the year when Bake Off crossed from being a quirkily sweet talent show to a cultural phenomenon. It became a drama that was on everyone’s lips. Its audience connected with it on an emotional level.” Alison Graham, Radio Times
The Radio Times Audience Award is the only prize at this year’s Television Awards chosen by the public. The shortlist was drawn up by a panel of top TV critics but the final decision lies with you. Your winner will be announced on Sunday 18 May 2014 on BBC One.