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TV’S most emo­tional mo­ment of the year.

When Nadiya Hus­sain be­came the 2015 cham­pion of The Great Bri­tish Bake Off it wasn’t just Mary Berry sti­fling tears at the mum-of-three’s tri­umph.

Nadiya’s heart­felt win­ner’s speech – ‘I’m never go­ing to put bound­aries on my­self ever again’ – had mil­lions of us reach­ing for the tis­sues.

So good­ness only knows how we’ll cope watch­ing this

Wed­nes­day’s fi­nal, know­ing it’s the last time we’ll see the

IBake Off gang to­gether fol­low­ing the shock res­ig­na­tions of Mary and pre­sen­ters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins over the show’s move to C4.

‘What can I say? I feel very hon­oured to have been asked to do Bake Off and feel so very sad not to be a part of it,’ Mary tells us.

‘I love it and it’s been a priv­i­lege to be part of seven years of magic in a tent. My Bake Off fam­ily –

Paul, Mel and Sue – have given me so much joy and laugh­ter.’

‘And I’ve loved ev­ery minute work­ing with Mary. I will miss her,’ says co-judge Paul Hol­ly­wood, who’s agreed to stay on for an­other three sea­sons.

Mary’s steely sweet­ness and Paul’s blunt but twinkly cri­tiques de­liv­ered a judg­ing dream team, while the in­nu­en­doladen quips of Mel and Sue stopped the bak­ers (and judges) tak­ing them­selves too se­ri­ously.

Quite sim­ply, it’s been seven years of TV gold – so what bet­ter trib­ute can we pay than sit­ting back with a cuppa and slice of lemon driz­zle cake to watch them crown the best am­a­teur baker of 2016?

‘It’s a great fi­nal,’ prom­ises Paul. ‘Early on in the se­ries

I picked two of them in my head for the fi­nal – the other one’s a wild card.’

‘Oh, I didn’t even try to guess,’ says Mary. ‘I’ve learnt my les­son from the past – when­ever I’ve tried I’ve been wrong! All I’ll say is that view­ers won’t be able to make up their minds early on. They’re all much of a much­ness to start with – one mis­take and the dream’s gone!’

There won’t be a dry eye in the tent as and crown Bri­tain’s best am­a­teur baker for the very last time

This week’s fi­nal theme is a right royal Bake Off three chal­lenges to im­press both the Queen and, fit­tingly, our very own Queen of Cakes, Mary.

Meringues dom­i­nate the sig­na­ture chal­lenge, while Mary flum­moxes the re­main­ing three bak­ers with a tech­ni­cal test that only has ONE recipe in­struc­tion – the ul­ti­mate test of a baker’s in­tu­ition. The show­stop­per in­volves the most bakes ever asked for in a

The Great Bri­tish Bake Off wed­nes­day / bbc1 / 8.00pm

nadiya’s speech moved mil­lions

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