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The Great Comic Relief Bake Off

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Review

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.

Summary

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 & Crew

Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Judge Mary Berry
Judge Paul Hollywood
Contestant Jo Brand
Contestant Stephen K Amos
Contestant Lorna Watson
Contestant Ingrid Oliver
Contributor Lorraine Pascale
Executive Producer Kieran Smith
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Series Producer Amanda Westwood
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