Mary Berry proves faithful to Comic Relief by joining Traitors Red Nose Day special

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Dame Mary Berry will join Claudia Winkleman and comedy duo Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders in a sketch for Red Nose Day based on hit BBC One series The Traitors.

The former Great British Bake Off judge, 87, was announced as the first celebrity joining the roundtable, alongside comedian Rosie Jones, and Wilfred Webster and Maddy Smedley from the original TV series.

The programme, which first aired in November, saw 22 strangers play “the ultimate game of detection, backstabbing and trust” at a Scottish Highlands castle with three winners splitting the £101,050 prize.

The Traitors
Claudia Winkleman hosts The Traitors (BBC/PA)

Richard Curtis, who has co-produced the Red Nose Day live night of TV since 1988, told Winkleman on her BBC Radio 2 show: “The great thing about Comic Relief is new, extraordinary things happen every year, which we can then exploit and mock.

“And so we’ve done this Traitors special. We got 12 people around the table all wearing these cowls and then during the course of the seven minutes of the sketch, they’re going to slowly be revealed – and I can reveal some now.

“(Dawn) French and (Jennifer) Saunders were there fooling around. They’re just so funny together. Jennifer didn’t seem to know the difference between you and Davina McCall. She congratulated you on your contributions to the menopause.

“We’ve got Wilfred and Maddy. We’ve got Mary Berry. We’ve got Rosie Jones. We’ve got one of the stars of Star Wars rocking up so it was an amazing day.”

Richard Curtis
Producer Richard Curtis (Ian West/PA)

He added: “The Traitors is the most brilliant reality show of all time, and I hope that we can mercilessly tear it apart.

“There’s a very impressive group of actors who gathered together to destroy the reputation of Claudia Winkleman and the BBC in aid of Comic Relief.”

Broadcaster Winkleman, 51, said: “I can’t wait for people to see this sketch. I’m so grateful to Comic Relief for putting the whole thing together. I feel like I’m in an alternate universe, and I like it.”

Saunders, 64, said: “Worst day of my life, I don’t know why I agree to these things. The only reason why I agreed to this one was to meet Mary Berry.”

Meanwhile 65-year-old French said: “This was the second worst day of my life. The absolute worst one was meeting Jennifer Saunders.

“The only reason I agreed to this one was to show Claudia Winkleman the horror that awaits her in the mirror in 30 years’ time.”

Comic Relief Night of TV will air on March 17 on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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