Wednesday 7 December 2016

Christmas specials to whet appetites of The Great British Bake Off fans

Published 07/07/2016 | 14:31

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will welcome back four bakers from previous series in each episode to tackle three seasonal challenges (BBC/PA)
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will welcome back four bakers from previous series in each episode to tackle three seasonal challenges (BBC/PA)

The Great British Bake Off will get viewers into the festive spirit with two Christmas specials later this year.

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Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will welcome back four bakers from previous series in each episode to tackle three seasonal challenges.

They will be joined by presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as the fan favourites whip up holiday treats.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, said: "What a treat to bring two Great British Bake Off specials to BBC One this Christmas. Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue are the perfect recipe for the festive season."

These two special episodes of the hugely popular show replace the Bake Off Masterclasses that have been shown in previous years.

Richard McKerrow, creative director of Love Productions, the company that makes the programme, added: "We're excited to announce that there will be two specials of The Great Christmas Bake Off. What could be a better Christmas gift than welcoming back past bakers for a fun-filled festive Bake Off!"

The final episode of the 2015 series was the biggest show of last year, with 15.1 million viewers watching Nadiya Hussain being named as the winner.

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