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Your Prayers Answered: ‘Bake Off’ Judge Mary Berry Will Star in a New BBC Series

There won't be a reunion with Mel and Sue, though

Mary Berry.
Mary Berry.
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Great British Bake Off fans who worship at the altar of Merry Berry, the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. The BBC announced Thursday Berry is getting her own show on the network.

Anglophiles and amateur bakers everywhere have been going through the five stages of grief ever since Bake Off fell apart in September. Yes, it will live on following a transition from BBC to Channel 4, but with only Paul Hollywood returning, it just won’t be the sameBeloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were the first announced departures, and Berry, who served as a judge with Hollywood, followed by revealing her decision to stick with the BBC. Everything was the worst.

Rumors of a new project for Berry began swirling almost immediately, and now we have confirmation. Although, it doesn’t appear to be a Bake Off rival that would reunite the 81-year-old with Mel and Sue. Instead, she’ll host Mary Berry's Secrets From Britain's Great Houses, which "will visit a different grand residence each time to discover more about the culinary traditions within its walls," according to the Mirror.

"This series will be a real treat for BBC One viewers to go behind the scenes with Mary Berry and explore Britain's great houses through her love of cooking," BBC director of content Charlotte Moore told the Mirror. Tanya Shaw, managing director at production company Shine TV, added, "I can't think of anyone more perfect to tell the stories of these great households and to bring us such a unique insight into Britain's rich culinary past."

As for Bake Off, details on the show’s C4 rebirth are still coming to light. The latest reports peg former IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade as a contender for the hosting role.

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