Mary Berry wins top TV award

Celebrity cook Mary Berry is in celebratory mood after being crowned the best TV judge in Britain.

She scooped the prize at the National Television Awards last week for her performance on BBC One’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’.

The ceremony was broadcast live on ITV last Wednesday (January 25) from The O2 Arena in London and hosted by Dermot O’Leary.

The TV Judge category hails the role of talent show judges and was one of the most closely fought awards. ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ head judge Len Goodman was also shortlisted, while ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge David Walliams and ‘The X Factor’ diva Nicole Scherzinger were pitted against their boss, talent show king Simon Cowell.

‘The Great British Bake Off’, along with BBC One’s ‘MasterChef’, was a finalist in the ‘Challenge Show’ category, which was won by ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!’. The Challenge Show award acknowledges the addictive nature and talking point appeal of reality elimination series.

And ‘The Great British Bake Off’’ co-presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were finalists in the TV Presenter category, which was won by Ant and Dec.

The annual National Television Awards celebrate the UK’s favourite TV and are voted for by the viewing public.

Mary will not be appearing as a judge of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ when it moves to Channel 4 later this year.

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