Comic Relief Bake Off serves up tasty selection of celebrity contestants

Ab Fab's Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, campaigner Sarah Brown and vlogger Zoella are among 16 celebrities slaving over a hot stove for charity

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Sixteen celebrities are ready to pit their wits against Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for charity in The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. Meet them below – and find out whether any of them actually have any baking skills…

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Absolutely Fabulous’s Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley join singer Lulu and Australian treasure Dame Edna Everage for the first week.

The second episode of the charity version of Bake Off sees YouTube sensation Zoella face off against chat show host Jonathan Ross, fashion expert Gok Wan and model Abbey Clancy.

Week three will feature campaigner Sarah Brown (wife of the former prime minister), comedian David Mitchell, Hollywood actor Michael Sheen and Radio 1 DJ Jameela Jamil.

Rounding off the bake sale shenanigans are presenter Chris Moyles, comedians Victoria Wood and Kayvan Novak, and presenter Alexa Chung

Each week Paul and Mary will pick a star baker, before the four winners battle it out to be crowned “champion of champions” in a special version of The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice on Red Nose Day itself (Friday 13th March). 

Judging by their comments, however, we shouldn’t hold out too much hope for the celebrities’ baking skills.

“I’d describe my baking ability as very average,” Victoria Wood said. “In the past, I’ve made lots of horrible flat scones. My top tip? No one really likes cupcakes. They are the fur coat and no knickers of the baking world.”

Jameela Jamil admitted, “I have never cooked,” before adding, “this experience has also made me realise I’m a very messy baker – Jo Brand said my kitchen top looked like a scene from Murder She Wrote.”

Expect Joanna Lumley to be a long way from fabulous judging by what she says about her Bake Off experience: “I was given a technical challenge recipe which could have been written in Swahili, so far was it from my zone of comprehension.”

Actually, the only contestant willing to big herself up was darling Dame Edna. “I am a superb baker and I should have had my own catering show years ago,” she revealed. “A bit like icing on a cake, I never want to spread myself too thin. The big challenge for me this time was not to humiliate the other contestants by being conspicuously superior.”

Nothing like a Dame, hey?

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off episodes 

Wednesday 11 February, 8pm BBC1: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Dame Edna Everage, Lulu

Wed 18 Feb, 8pm BBC1: Abbey Clancy, Gok Wan, Jonathan Ross, Zoella

Wed 25 Feb, 8pm BBC1: Sarah Brown, David Mitchell, Michael Sheen, Jameela Jamil

Wed 4 March, 8pm BBC1: Alexa Chung, Chris Moyles, Kayvan Novak, Victoria Wood

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Friday 13 March: The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (Champion of Champions)