‘The Great British Bake Off’ was among the winners of the House of Fraser British Academy Television awards, announced at ceremony hosted by celebrity Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on Sunday (May 8).
The BBC series scooped the award for Best Feature in 2016. It was competing against ‘Travel Man’ (Channel 4), ‘Back in Time for Dinner’ (BBC 2) and ‘Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild’ (Channel 4).
Co-host Mary Berry collected the gong together with 2015 Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussain. While on stage, Mary paid tribute to her co-hosts Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who were not present at the event. She said: “What a thrill. I’m not normally in charge up here but, tonight, Paul, Mel and Sue have landed me in it. I love them dearly and miss them, as we are a real team.”
She continued: “It all started with a little bit of baking in a tent. Now we’re doing series seven. The programme is all about wonderful amateur bakers creating magical bakes. We have a fantastic crew – editors, cameramen, home economists, and not forgetting make-up! So thank you Anna Beattie who created Bake Off, and the BBC for commissioning the show, which we are enormously proud of.”
Handing the mic over, Nadiya added: “So I didn’t prepare anything…like Mel and Sue, Mary has landed me in it! It’s an absolute honour to be a part of the show. It’s incredible and one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. It’s just the best show ever. I’m totally biased obviously but long may it continue!”
Nadiya Hussain and Mary Berry pose on the red carpet