Dame Mary Berry is back on our screens preparing for a storm, but being on TV hasn’t always been easy.
The former Great British Bake Off judge was forced to lock him up in a cheap £ 25-a-night hostel when the show started and ended up being attacked by bedbugs.
The series began in 2010, first broadcast on BBC Two before moving to BBC One in 2014.
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Mary left with two presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, while Paul Hollywood stayed.
Sue recently spoke about the realities of filming the show on the Full Disclosure podcast, where she revealed Mary had to stay in budget accommodation that was riddled with bedbugs.
She said: “Bake Off can only be seen through the prism of huge success.
“But we were there in its early days, when Barry’s hamburger vans served as on-site catering, when we were in a £ 25-a-night hostel – and Mary Berry had bedbugs.
“We were a traveling show and the team had to pitch the tent.”
The presenter also explained how the show has evolved over the years, with the first series focusing on culinary education to become more of a talent competition.
She revealed: “We would spend 16 or 17 hours a day interviewing people in the tent who were Anglo-Saxon experts on why they put rabbit’s feet in a sponge in the 12th century.
“But that has evolved tremendously from the intense food documentary to the beloved program that it is now.
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“We had a makeup artist who painted a mulberry and purple lipstick on me in a series.
“I looked like I had been dragged off a bank, I looked like a spotted corpse on Casualty.”
Bake Off moved to Channel 4 in 2017 following an explosive bidding war, which saw three of the show’s original actors leave the show.
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