‘I was arrested and put in a cell’: Mary Berry discusses shocking airport incident

She's perhaps the person you'd consider least likely to break the rules, but it seems Mary Berry once had a serious brush with the law.

On tonight’s The Graham Norton Show, Mary revealed that 25 years ago, she had put flour and sugar into plastic bags prior her flight.

But unfortunately when she arrived at airport security, things quickly took a turn for the worst.

“When I arrived at the airport the sniffer dogs made a bee-line for me,” Mary explained, recounting how she was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

The former Bake Off judge explained, “I was going to the US to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients – flour, sugar – and put them all in little plastic bags.

“Suddenly I was surrounded by uniformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells. It was alarming.”

In true blunt Mary Berry-style, when questioned whether she was going to make money from the packages, she responded with a dead-pan expression, “I do and my fee has already been agreed.”

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Mary will appear on tonight’s episode of the talk show, alongside Strictly host Claudia Winkleman. The pair will be discussing their new BBC show, Britain’s Best Home Cook.

Of their new series, Claudia revealed she didn’t need much convincing to sign up once she knew Mary was on board.

She said, “I didn’t ask anything about it once I knew Mary was on board. I just wanted to be with her!”

Also joining them on the sofa will be Friends star Matt Le Blanc, Maxine Peake, Benedict Cumberbatch, and singers Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa.

Mary and Claudia’s new cookery show will see amateur contestants complete two sets of challenges to compete to win the title of Britain’s Best Home Cooks.

The ladies will be joined by two other judges, chef Dan Doherty, and food expert Chris Bavin.

The show is set to air on BBC One on 3rd May, at 8pm. Graham Norton airs tonight on BBC One at 10.35pm.

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