'The Great British Bake Off' judge Mary Berry says she would rather her children "give me a pill" then become a burden on her family. The writer turned TV star is currently one of the most popular stars at the BBC thanks to the huge success of the baking competition, though Berry says she has no wish to live as long as her mother, who died aged 105. 

Mary Berry The Great British Bake OffMary Berry [center] filming 'The Great British Bake Off'

Berry told the Radio Times: "I have no desire to be a centenarian. I think 90 is a great time. You've had a good innings. You have to deal with the cards that have been dealt, of course, but I don't think very old age, if you haven't got your marbles, can be very nice.

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"My mother was in very good health until the last few months. And health is key, isn't it?"

"I certainly don't want to be a burden, although under British law you can do nothing about it.

"But I would love my children to be able to give me a pill, although of course I do understand that could be abused."

Great British Bake OffThe Great British Bake Off has been a monumental success for the BBC

Berry stars alongside fellow judge Paul Hollywood on The Great British Bake Off, which was watched by some 8 million viewers last week. The episode proved to be controversial when one contestant was accused on sabotage for removing a fellow participant's baked Alaska from the freezer.

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Berry was speaking about her family after taking part in the BBC1's genealogy show 'Who Do You Think You Are?' which revealed that her great-grandfather was a master bake.

"I almost had a seizure," she said. "It was really thrilling."