Great celebrity bake off

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The Great British Bake Off celebrity special is back once again – and it’s safe to say the star-studded line-up does not disappoint.

Competing against each other in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer they will be showing off their baking prowess – or lack of – in a bid to be awarded the coveted Star Baker apron.

The five-part series will air on Channel 4 and the famous faces include, Louis Theroux, This Morning’s Alison Hammond, and Carol Vorderman.

Also in the line-up is The Masked Singer star Patsy Palmer, Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, British tennis number one Johanna Konta and Queer Eye’s resident fashionista Tan France.

Patsy Palmer on The Masked Singer (Picture: ITV)

She’s going to be great (Picture: Rex)

As well as singer-songwriter James Blunt, actress, and TV presenter Caroline Quentin and Alex Jones.

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Not forgetting TV judge Rob Rinder, TV personality Scarlett Moffatt, comedian Mo Gilligan, radio and TV presenter Kelly Brook, Love Island favourite and sports personality Ovie Soko, f YouTuber, and West End star Joe Sugg, comedian Joel Dommett, actor James Buckley, comedian Russell Howard, and comedian and author Jenny Eclair.

Will Scarlett crack under pressure? (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

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And breathe.

Each episode will see four celebrities battle it out over three rounds – the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper – in a bid to be crowned Star Baker.

Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be ever-present to meticulously judge each bake, be they delicious delights or devastating disasters and Bake Off hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be on hand to provide tea and sympathy for the celebrity bakers as they go head to head in the pressure-filled tent.

How will they handle this year’s celebs?
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Sarah Lazenby, Head of Formats and Features on Channel 4 said exclaimed: ‘The Great Celebrity Bake Off is a key ingredient in our Stand Up To Cancer recipe. We’ve seen the power of using comedy and entertainment to bring awareness and raise millions of pounds to fund pioneering cancer trials.

‘We hope viewers will enjoy this year’s line-up of famous bakers, there’s never a dough moment as each brings something fresh and exciting to the tent.’

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Kieran Smith, Executive Producer, Love Productions added: ‘We are thrilled to be partnering up with SU2C once again and helping to raise crucial funds in the fight against cancer. On your marks, get set…. Donate.’

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer returns to Channel 4 in 2020.

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Which stars are baking on Channel 4’s The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer?

From Hollywood movie stars to tennis champions, across five episodes 20 celebrities will battle it out across the signature, technical and showstopper rounds to win the coveted Star Baker apron.

Here are the celebrities taking part in The Great Celebrity Bake Off.

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Dreyfuss with Noel Fielding (Credit: Channel 4)

Richard Dreyfuss is an Oscar-winning actor who won Best Actor for his performance in The Goodbye Girl.

The actor is known for starring in Steven Spielberg’s iconic shark thriller Jaws.

Prue and Paul, ‘you’re gonna need a bigger tent’.

Johanna Konta

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The current British tennis number one, Johanna Konta, was born in Sydney before moving to England at the age of 14.

Konta initially represented Australia before switching to Great Britain upon receiving British citizenship in 2012.

Louis Theroux

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RTS-award winner Louis Theroux has become one of Britain’s leading voices in documentary filmmaking.

Theroux has led numerous BBC documentary series, including Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends and When Louis Met….

Only time will tell if Theroux can master the choux.

Jenny Eclair

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With a name like Éclair, Jenny will be feeling the unique pressure to uphold the reputation of the family name.

The comedian (whose real surname is Hargreaves, not Eclair) became the first solo female winner of the Perrier Comedy Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Following this, she has starred in Grumpy Old Women and became a panellist on Loose Women.

Tan France

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Tan France, the fashion-minded member of Queer Eye’s “Fab Five”, will be swapping ‘french tucks’ for shortcrust in the Bake Off tent.

With four series of Queer Eye streaming on Netflix, France will soon be expanding his repertoire on the streaming service with an upcoming fashion series alongside Alexa Chung.

Carol Vorderman

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Countdown legend Carol Vorderman provided the mathematical know-how for the show for 26 years until 2008.

Since then she’s worked as the host of the annual Pride of Britain Awards and has appeared on Loose Women.

James Blunt

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Since James Blunt’s number one single ‘You’re Beautiful’, the former Army officer has gone on to release six albums, two of which gained the top spot in the official charts. Yet it’s his droll self-mockery on Twitter that has garnered Blunt wide-spread admiration.

He’s sure to provide some meme-worthy moments in the tent.

Caroline Quentin

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With numerous roles on screen and on stage, Caroline Quentin became a household name when starring in Men Behaving Badly in the 90s.

More recently she’s featured in Dickensian and Doc Martin alongside Martin Clunes.

Alex Jones

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The Welsh presenter Alex Jones has co-hosted The One Show since 2010 alongside Matt Baker.

Jones revealed her lack of baking talent to her Instagram followers when she joked, “People who know me will be shocked, even horrified that I took part in the Great British Bake Off”.

Rob Rinder

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Criminal barrister Rob Rinder is set to be put through his paces by Paul and Prue as the judger becomes the judged.

Rinder led the reality courtroom series Judge Rinder and hosts The Rob Rinder verdict on Channel 4.

Scarlett Moffatt

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Scarlett Moffatt made her name through her hilarious TV observations on Gogglebox.

Since then she’s been crowned the Queen of the Jungle on I’m a Celebrity and presented alongside Ant and Dec on their entertainment show Saturday Night Takeaway.

Mo Gilligan

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From humble beginnings on Instagram, Mo Gilligan has risen to fame as the host of his own entertainment show The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan on Channel 4.

Last year also saw the release of his Netflix comedy special Momentum.

Alison Hammond

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Alison Hammond has provided some of This Morning’s most hilarious viral moments, from accidentally pushing a sailor into the Baltic waters of Liverpool’s docks to reducing Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford to fits of laughter in a press interview.

She’s bound to drive her fellow bakers to distraction with her infectious laughter.

Ovie Soko

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The hat-loving heartthrob Ovie Soko quickly became a fan favourite on 2019’s series of Love Island in which he came third with India Reynolds.

Soko is currently a professional basketball player for the London Lions.

Patsy Palmer

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Patsy Palmer rose to fame playing Bianca Jackson on EastEnders, a character who has appeared intermittently since 1993.

Palmer now works as DJ in Malibu, California.

Joe Sugg

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YouTube star Joe Sugg is no stranger to competitive TV challenges, having made it to the final of Strictly Dome Dancing in 2018.

With over eight million subscribers on YouTube, Sugg propelled his career beyond the video-sharing platform when he landed a role in the West End production of Waitress in 2019.

Joel Dommett

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Comedian Joel Dommett cut his teeth in the stand-up circuit before appearing on Impractical Jokers. In 2016, Dommett came second in I’m a Celebrity, losing out to Scarlett Moffatt.

He’s currently presenting ITV’s new Saturday night entertainment show The Masked Singer.

James Buckley

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James Buckley became one of the defining faces of the late noughties through his role as Jay in The Inbetweeners; a character defined by his incessant lying and vulgar mouth.

Buckley has since starred in White Gold from Inbetweeners creator Damon Beesley.

Kelly Brook

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Kelly Brook became a familiar name through her successful modelling career, which led her to the world of TV via Strictly Come Dancing,

Loose Women and Britain’s Got Talent. She currently hosts a radio show on Heart FM.

Russell Howard

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Bristolian comedian Russell Howard is best known as a former regular on comedy panel show Mock the Week and for his show Russel Howard’s Good News.

He now hosts a weekly current-affairs comedy series The Russell Howard Hour on Sky One.

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer returns in 2020, with a roster of famous faces hoping to show off their baking prowess – or lack of – in a bid to be awarded the coveted Star Baker apron

The great thing about The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer – apart from the fact it’s for a good cause – is that it is hilarious, utterly unpredictable and impossible to fake.

Unlike the original show, the criteria for being on it have nothing to do with baking skills.

There is no lowest bar to entry which leads to the glorious sight of four of the worst ever tiramisu biscuits lined up on a gingham tablecloth like a crime scene.

Here are the famous faces who will be stepping into the iconic Bake Off tent in 2020:

Richard Dreyfuss

The Oscar-winning actor – who has starred in films like Jaws, American Graffitti and Close Encounters of the Third Kind – rolls up his sleeves to take on the Bake Off gauntlet. He’s gonna need a bigger rolling pin.

Louis Theroux

The documentarian with the cultiest of cult followings is arguably this series’ most exciting entrant, and fans will be clamouring to see the bespectacled filmmaker swap tackling the dark side of the sex trade for a nice Battenberg.

Johanna Konta

The British tennis number one will be wanting to ‘serve’ up an ‘ace’ in the kitchen with her bakes, which hopefully, everybody will ‘love’.

Carol Vorderman

Vorderman’s penchant for maths and numbers from her Countdown days should serve the presenter well when it comes to working out those all important ingredient measurements. She can convert ounces to grams in a heartbeat.

Tan France

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James Blunt

Singer-songwriter James Blunt has penned some of the dreariest acoustic ballads of the last two decades, but if he brings his self-deprecating Twitter persona to the Bake Off tent, he could be the sleeper hit of this series.

Caroline Quentin

Presenter Caroline Quentin first rose to prominence in 90s sitcoms like Men Behaving Badly, and has since starred in shows like Jonathan Creek, and now presents popular BBC Two series The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.

Alex Jones

One Show presenter Alex Jones – not the far-right conspiracy theorist shock-jock of the same name – has had hosting roles on Sport Relief, and placed fifth on the 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Rob Rinder

When he’s not presiding over petty crimes cases, real-life barrister and fellow Strictly fifth placer Rob “Judge” Rinder is presumably practising his jam roly-polys.

Scarlett Moffatt

Such a staple of reality TV shows and celebrity specials that you’d swear you’d seen her on Bake Off before, former Gogglebox star Moffatt will be stepping into the Bake Off tent.

Mo Gilligan

Comedian Mo Gilligan began as an Instagram star before being shared by rap superstar Drake and going viral. He’s since co-hosted Channel 4’s The Big Narstie Show, and fronted his own late night TV show, The Lateish Show.

Kelly Brook

Now a radio and TV presenter, model Kelly Brook first rose to fame among the centrefolds of the “lads mags” of the 90s, but is now more likely to be found behind the bar of her London pub Steam and Rye.

Alison Hammond

This Morning’s resident chaos-causing Brummie, Hammond will hopefully be able to keep things under a little bit more control in the Bake Off tent.

Ovie Soko

Love Island heartthrob Ovie took fans’ breath away last summer, and the 6 ft 7 London Lions basketball player will be hoping his bakes have a similar effect.

Patsy Palmer

Once an EastEnders staple, Bianca actress Palmer was recently revealed as one of the mystery voices on ITV’s The Masked Singer.

Joe Sugg

The YouTuber who went mainstream by doing well on Strictly and subverting the usual “Strictly Curse” narrative with a dance partner romance that wasn’t totally beset by deceit and foul-play. Lovable ol’ Joe.

Joel Dommett

Comedian Joel Dommett made his name on the stand-up comedy circuit, before moving into television with shows like Impractical Jokers UK and Drunk History; his most recent gig is as presenter of ITV’s The Masked Singer.

James Buckley

Former Inbetweeners-star turned YouTuber turned gambling advocate James Buckley will be hoping he can “complete” the Bake Off challenge (mate) this year. Just be wary when he gets the ham slices out.

Russell Howard

Comedian Russell Howard’s ‘Round The World’ tour saw him beat Frank Sinatra’s legendary eight-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall (Howard did 10), and perform China’s largest ever comedy show earlier this year. But you’re never too big for the Bake Off.

Jenny Eclair

Comedian and author Jenny Eclair will no doubt be rolling her eyes when she’s asked to bake the food item of her namesake.

When can I watch it?

At the time of writing, Channel 4 haven’t confirmed when the latest series of The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer will air, beyond saying it will be broadcast in “early spring”.

Comic Relief Bake Off is scrapped as show makers snub BBC charity special ahead of move to Channel 4

BBC bosses have been forced to axe a special Comic Relief version of the Great British Bake Off amid a furious row with the show’s makers .

The corporation wanted to reunite judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for a final time, along with 12 celebrity contestants, to raise cash for the charity.

But in a snub that will upset the programme’s 15 million viewers, Love Productions – which has controversially taken the show to Channel 4 in a £75million deal – said no.

Instead the company will make a charity version of its own when it switches ­channels, with a new star line-up.

The decision, which sources at Love say is down to the BBC’s dithering, has left Beeb bosses seething and comes just weeks after they lost Bake Off.

Tonight the BBC released a statement which showed how relations with Love had hit a new low.

A spokesman said: “We would have loved a Bake Off Comic Relief special, but Love Productions refused to make it.

“They have now moved to Channel 4 and are making a charity programme with them – with which we wish them well.”

Meanwhile, we can reveal that Love first contacted the BBC in June when they were thrashing out the show’s future. In an email, they asked whether bosses wanted to put together a series of four special Comic Relief episodes, as they have done in previous years

The BBC had hoped to reunite Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins for a swan song special (Image: BBC)

But Love claim they did not receive a reply from Beeb executives.

A Beeb insider raged: “It is preposterous nonsense and nothing more than a half-baked accusation to suggest Love were willing to make a Comic Relief special when in fact they refused.”

It is understood that it was a couple of months ago – by which time negotiations over the show’s future were breaking down – that the BBC contacted Love to say they wanted to make the charity special. Producers at Love say it is now too late – and that they are making their own version in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

A source said: “It’s very disappointing to lose such a popular element of Comic Relief.” The annual charity special has become a popular fixture, with a host of celebs involved, including Abbey Clancy and Gok Wan.

Had next year’s special been made, it would have been the final outing for Bake Off on the BBC after Channel 4 bought exclusive rights to the format.

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A record audience of 14.8 million tuned in on Wednesday to watch PE teacher Candice Brown win this year’s contest.

This week, BBC bosses confirmed that Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be the presenters of the talent contest Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief, which will air in the run-up to Red Nose Day in March.

Meanwhile Channel 4 is considering stars to front The Great British Bake Off. The show is not expected to be screened until 2018 due to a contractual issue.

Comic Relief 2019

A spokesman for the production company said: “Love Productions was always keen to make the Comic Relief Bake Off special. We had been trying to engage the BBC in negotiations for more than a year so we would have time to produce both series eight of Bake Off and the Comic Relief Bake Off, which should have filmed in September.

“By the time the BBC meaningfully engaged in those negotiations, it was already too late for Love to produce the series for Comic Relief Bake Off in time to air in Spring 2017.

“This was just one of the contributory factors behind the breakdown of negotiations with the BBC.”

BBC BOSSES have reluctantly axed a special Comic Relief version of the Bake Off after the show’s makers refused to OK the charity special.

The BBC had wanted to raise cash for the charity by reuniting the judges and its hosts alongside a selection of celebrity contestants.

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However Love Productions declined the plans and is instead set to create its own charity version when it moves over to its new home at Channel 4.

The beloved baking show was shockingly whisked away from its home of six years at the BBC last month after “exhaustive” talks broke down.

Fans were left reeling after it was announced that it would be moving to C4 in a £75million deal.

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Sources at Love Productions claimed that the reason for there being no Comic Relief Bake Off was down to the fact that the BBC had not responded to emails about it back in the summer.

But a Beeb insider claimed that that was nonsense.

A spokesman for the corporation released a statement: “We would have loved a Bake Off Comic Relief special, but Love Productions refused to make it.




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“They have now moved to Channel 4 and are making a charity programme with them – with which we wish them well.”

The Mirror claim that Love first contacted the BBC in June about having a series of four special comic relief specials, but had not heard back from them. Now producers have said that it is too late and are reportedly making their own charity version in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

A BBC insider responded: “It is preposterous nonsense and nothing more than a half-baked accusation to suggest Love were willing to make a Comic Relief special when in fact they refused.”

There has been a lot of tension between the channel and the show makers since discussions in the summer.

Last month the BBC had reportedly “not ruled out” launching a rival cooking show before Channel 4 airs its first series of The Great British Bake Off.

The Guardian quoted an insider close to the BBC who claims the network is considering getting its own back on Channel 4 and launching its new format before Bake Off airs at its new home.

They said: “We have not ruled anything out and we could well reunite Mel, Sue and Mary.

“And yes, we could probably get a show out before Channel 4, if we chose to do so.

“We are looking lots of ideas, although we are not yet ready to make an announcement.”

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Celebrity Bake Off 2019 Line-up In Full: Stars Include Russel Brand and John Lithgow

5 March 2019, 14:06 | Updated: 5 March 2019, 14:11

Russell Brand will appear on Celebrity Bake Off . Picture: channel 4

As the Great British Bake Off finals drew to a close, the contestants for the celebrity spin-off were announced in a teaser clip for Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer.

Here’s what we know about this year’s celeb line-up…

Who’s in the Celebrity Bake Off 2019 line-up?

Russell Brand

Jeremy Paxman

John Lithgow

Michelle Keegan

Rylan Clark-Neal

Krishnan Guru-Murthy

Caroline Flack

Russell Tovey

Jon Richardson

Sally Lindsay

Greg Wise

Jess Phillips

James Acaster

Big Narstie

Nicola Adams

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

Hannah Cockroft

Joe Wilkinson

Johnny Vegas

Georgia Toffolo

When is the Celebrity Great British Bake Off on?

The new series of Celebrity Bake Off kicks off tonight (Tuesday 5 March 2019) at 8pm.

You can catch all the action over on Channel 4.

It goes up against Holby City and This Time Next Year.

Read more: You can apply to be on the Great British Bake Off 2019

What’s been said about the series?

Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 Head of Formats and Features said: “Stand Up To Cancer has become a force to be reckoned with in the fight against cancer.

“As part of the fundraising campaign this year’s special celebrity editions of Bake Off managed to raise millions of pounds to fund ground breaking cancer trials. “We hope to do the same again next year with our brilliant line up of famous bakers – all of whom bring their unique skills to the infamous tent. Expect some great bakes, a dollop of disasters, and lots and lots of laughs.”

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