Fans of The Great British Bake Off will most likely know that a special edition of the hit show has been filmed for Sport Relief, and features a host of sport VIPs learning to cook under the tutelage of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
And it seems that Mary took something of a shine to cricket legend Michael Vaughan, which Paul picked up on and teased her over.
The Mirror reports, “At one point Paul Hollywood even told her during filming: ‘Why don’t you get round the other side?’ meaning she may as well cook the cakes for him in the challenge.”
And apparently, even though Michael didn’t do terribly well, and even dropped the biscuits he’d mate on the floor, as far as Mary was concerned, he could do no wrong.
A show insider told the paper, “Mary’s husband is a big cricket fan…
“So when Michael came on the show for the Sport Relief special, she was so excited.
“She couldn’t believe a former England captain was in the studio on Bake Off.
“Paul and Sue [Perkins] couldn’t help but pick up on this and they joked quite a few times during the day’s filming that she had a soft spot for him.
“At one point when she was offering advice to Michael on how to bake his cake, Paul said that she should actually get around the other side next to him and help out.
“Michael laughed and told Paul she was being very helpful.”
The show source added, “Mary took it all in good spirits.
“At the end of the day’s filming, Mary had her photograph taken with Michael and he even gave her a peck on the cheek – much to her delight!”
Other celebs who took part in the special episode include Johnny Vaughan and Kirsty Young, but we’ll have to wait until the show airs tonight on BBC2 at 8.30pm to see how they all did and who came out victorious.
However, of taking part in Bake Off, Vaughan said, “I want to try and raise as much money as possible (for Sport Relief) and have some fun.
“But I’m very proud that I produced something that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood actually ate.
“Only a little spoonful, but they had some of my bake.”
As mentioned, The Great British Bake Off for Sport Relief kicks off tonight on BBC2 at 8.30pm, but for now, here’s a reminder of Mary and Paul’s Christmas baking tips…