Some Bake Off contestants can hardly afford the ingredients to practise says judge Sandi Toksvig

"To some of them, just buying the ingredients to practise at home has pushed them to the limit in terms of their finances..."

Sandi Toksvig

Fresh from filming her first series of The Great British Bake Off for Channel 4, new presenter Sandi Toksvig admits making cakes can be an emotional business.

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“[Myself and co-host Noel Fielding] both had a lot of wet shoulders at various points,” she says in the new issue of Radio Times. “I think there’s a sort of cynicism today that people can watch television and think the emotion being portrayed may not be real. It’s very real. It’s painfully real.”

And one thing that may have have added stress to some contestants’ lives is the financial pressure that preparing for each new episode can place on them.

“And these are not wealthy people,” says Toksvig. “To some of them, just buying the ingredients to practise at home has pushed them to the limit in terms of their finances. Maybe that’s not something that gets talked about.”

The Great British Bake Off begins on Channel 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 29th August

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Read the full interview with Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding in the new issue of Radio Times, in shops and via iTunes from Tuesday 22nd August

2017 Great British Bake Off Cover