Mary Berry had to use binoculars to judge Celebrity Best Home Cook from a balcony.
The BBC was looking to protect the 85-year-old presenter during the coronavirus pandemic, and producers put some unusual measures by installing a specially built 15ft viewing platform looming over the kitchen.
As reported by The Sun’s Bizarre TV column, Mary had been shouting questions down to the contestants from her vantage point with a pair of binoculars ensuring she can see everything going on.
Celebs Go Dating receptionist Tom Read Wilson – a contestant on the upcoming series – said: ‘Mary, for the whole thing, because of Covid, was on a kind of beautiful mezzanine that they built for her.
‘And they gave her a pair of beautiful opera glasses so she could look over and see what we’re up to, which was just great.
‘I couldn’t be happier about her being there.’
The programme is set to air on BBC One later in 2021, and viewers will only see the former Great British Bake Off judge – who appears alongside Chris Bavin, Claudia Winkleman and Angela Hartnett – come down from her balcony to judge the finished dishes.
For those moments, she samples the meals from individual plates on tables all socially distanced from others in the studio.
Meanwhile, Mary recently admitted she was ‘immensely proud’ to be recognised with a Damehood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.
The star – who doesn’t use the title professionally – said: ‘I’m immensely proud. I only had one O-level – well, you could divide that into cooking and dressmaking – so it’s really special for me.
‘My parents and my brothers, who are no longer here, would have been chuffed to bits to see me receive it.
‘My aim is to make people enjoy cooking as much as I do, and to pass on the skill in a very simple way that I’ve learnt. I love the thought of people cooking at home, and me holding their hand while they do it.’
Celebrity Best Home Cook airs later this year on BBC One.
Credit: Original article published here.