The Great British Bake Off

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Review

The latest batch of bakers are right to look worried because Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood make no allowances for first-bake nerves. “That’s like chewing on wallpaper paste,” says Paul damningly of a Madeira cake, while Mary does the “candied fruit drop test” in front of two terrified contestants.

An Aga-owning baker forgets to turn the oven on, a nugget of caramelised glaze gets stuck in Paul’s molars and then, as the 12 put the finishing touches to their showstoppers, disaster – on a par with last year’s Baked Alaska-gate – strikes.

You won’t forget which one is Paul: he bears a striking resemblance to Mr Hollywood – just with less hair gel. Boy, do Mel and Sue get a lot of comic mileage out of it.

Summary

Twelve contestants begin the battle to be named Britain's best amateur baker, facing tasks devised by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who have created 30 new tasks to test their baking skills and creativity. Their first signature challenge is to make a Madeira cake, before they attempt to bake a frosted walnut cake in the technical. Day two of the contest sees the contestants going all out to try and impress the judges with their first showstopper, the Black Forest gateau. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins present.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Presenter Sue Perkins
Judge Paul Hollywood
Judge Mary Berry
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Series Producer Paolo Proto
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