Jay Rayner meets the shows stars Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for a no-holds-barred discussion about fame, baking and randy squirrels
It is a perfect Great British Bake Off afternoon. The sun is shining on a wedding-white marquee in the gardens of a grand old country house in Berkshire and flour-dusted amateur bakers are fretting over their creations. Meanwhile the stars of a series that attracted more than 9 million viewers for its finale last year are gathering in a walled English garden for a cup of tea and a natter.
In theory the pressure should be on. For series five, Bake Off will move from BBC2 to prime time on BBC1. And yet while it may now be one of the jewels in the BBCs crown, the Bake Off shoot is a thoroughly relaxed affair. Then again many on that team have been on the show from the start and can recall the days when it changed location every week. They should know exactly what theyre doing by now.