Sue Perkins reveals truth about Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc, and Nadiya Hussain baking show

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Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, and Mary Berry quit Bake Off earlier this year when they learned that it would be moving from BBC One to a new home on Channel 4.

However, while viewers were left worrying about the future of GBBO, the Beeb has since hinted that all three are set to team up with Nadiya Hussain for a project of their own.

Director of Content Charlotte Moore said: “There will be more news on what Mary Berry, Mel and Sue and Nadiya are doing next.

“Watch this space – some exciting news to come.”

BBC representatives refused to give any further details about the project, or even to confirm that it would be a baking show.

But, speaking in a new interview with the Press Association, Perkins has finally addressed the rumours herself.


And, tragically, it sounds as if the BBC might have gotten a little ahead of themselves when making the announcement.

“There are no plans,” she said, when asked what the dream quartet’s new show would be about. “I know that there is some will for us to do something but I would be lying if I said we had spoken about it.”

She added: “I think the next thing for us to do would have to be very, very special and we will take as much time to get the thing right, if indeed we do it at all.

“It's enough for me to know them in real life, television is just a bonus.”

Despite this, Perkins admitted that she and Giedroyc are definitely going to appear on screen with their beloved Berry – even if they aren’t being paid for it.

“We have now informed Mary that whatever she does, we will be appearing in whether she likes it or not,” she said.

“So she might be doing a programme about country houses, Mel and I are just going to stand in the background or we might be having a pretend row in a corner and she's up for that.”

Watch the trailer for The Great Christmas Bake Off below:

Perkins finished by piling praise on Bezza, insisting: “Mary is like an unruly sister, a cheeky aunt, a censorious grandma, a wonderful mum, she is everything.

"I'm so lucky to know her and honestly when I talk about Mary I could cry because she's as wonderful as you would imagine and then 100 times more."

In a separate interview with BBC Radio 5, Perkins opened about The Great Christmas Bake Off – which marks the very last time that she, Berry, and Giedroyc will appear alongside Paul Hollywood on the iconic baking show.

However, as the show was pre-recorded in the summer, the comedian made it very clear that the festive special will not be a farewell tinged by sadness.

“As far as I was concerned we'd be carrying on,” she said.

“So it's nice in a way, it wasn't filmed in a wistful way. It was filmed as business as usual, so there was no sense of what was to come when we were doing it.”

The Great Christmas Bake Off starts on Christmas Day at 4.45pm on BBC1. The second part will air on Boxing Day at 7pm.