The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

Series 1 - Episode 1

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

The moment you see Jo Brand sitting on a pack of butter in order to bring it up to room temperature, you know these celebrity bakers won’t give GBBO 2012 winner John Whaite cause for concern. But although soggy bottoms, burnt crusts, dropped bowls and half-baked jokes abound, there are also a lot of laughs.

Each night until Thursday four contestants whisk, bake and ice in the hope that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will crown them Star Baker of their heat. Tonight Stephen K Amos and double act Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver join Brand in the Bake Off tent where, among other things, they’re challenged to make a showstopper portrait cake. “Mine’s more of a door stopper,” moans Brand, while Watson opts to decorate her cake with Sue Perkins’s face. “Mmm, perky, a bit tart and a bit curdled but scrummy,” concludes Mel Giedroyc, obviously comparing it to her absent co-presenter.

About this programme

1/4. Sixteen celebrities enter the Great British Bake Off tent, with four of them battling to be crowned as Comic Relief Star Baker in each programme. Stand-ups Jo Brand and Stephen K Amos and comedy duo Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver are the first to compete and must prepare shortbread as their signature bake, tackle a technical challenge of custard slices and finish with a show-stopping portrait cake. Mel Giedroyc presents, with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood resuming their roles as judges. Plus, Lorraine Pascale reports from Ghana on how the money raised really can change lives.

Cast and crew


Mel Giedroyc
Mary Berry
Paul Hollywood
Jo Brand
Stephen K Amos
Lorna Watson
Ingrid Oliver
Lorraine Pascale


Executive Producer
Kieran Smith
Executive Producer
Anna Beattie
Series Producer
Amanda Westwood