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Hollywood and Berry are Baking Bad

The Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are hooked on award-winning US drama Breaking Bad, it has been revealed.

While the contestants are cooking up sweet treats in the kitchen, 78-year-old Mary, baker Paul and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins fill in the time watching drug dealers cooking up crystal meth in the hit crime drama.

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher, who after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, takes up drug dealing in a bid to secure his family financially.

Last Tango In Halifax actress Nicola Walker is a good friend of presenter Sue, and has revealed the comedienne took in her Breaking Bad DVDs to keep Berry and Hollywood entertained in between sugar rushes.

Nicola revealed: "I know they, between takes, after they shout 'Bake', all of them, all four of them, go and watch Breaking Bad. I'm telling you that's what they're doing. Going off to watch season two. I love that image!"

The latest episode of the BBC Two show saw contestant Howard Middleton bake a hemp loaf, using flour and oil made from cannabis seeds - which sparked some controversy on social media, despite being a legal form of the plant.

Mary sniffed the flour and said of the loaf: "It looks like it's going to be good for me." But she and Paul were not impressed with the finished product and the council worker form Sheffield was sent home.

Howard and fellow contestant Glenn Cosby both broke down in tears during the latest episode of the show - sparking a backlash on Twitter.

Viewers weren't impressed with seeing grown men crying over something as trivial as a failed bake.

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