It seems there is definitely a new trend going around the TV circuit – the celebrity induced challenge; dancing, the jungle, skating, diving and now baking. We’ve not long said goodbye 2013 and I’m A Celebrity….Get Me Out of Here and Strictly Come Dancing, when 2014 kicks in with Splash and Dancing on Ice. Next week it’s the turn of The Great Sports Relief Bake Off.
Starting Monday 13th January, the first of four programmes will see a host of celebrities taking part in The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to help raise money for the sporting stars of the future. In each televised programme four different celebrities will battle it out in the kitchen, at the end of which a star baker will be crowned. Judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood are back to keep an eye on the hopefuls, and are sure to attract the viewing public. Regular presenter Sue Perkins is minus her usual sidekick Mel and will be joined by guest hosts Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand and between the two funny women there is sure to be a few laughs had, and not just at the baking disasters.
Amongst the 16 celebrities there are a mixture of actresses, sports personalities, singers and presenters but which one also has some hidden talent when it comes to mouth-watering cakes, puddings and desserts.
Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner will take a turn on the other side of the table and be receiving instead of giving at the hands of the two professional bakers. Rochelle Humes will be hoping her baking turns out better than her dancing after her unsuccessful turn on the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Cricketer Michael Vaughan and cyclist Victoria Pendleton will also be hoping their baking lives up to their dancing skills, as both lasted until weeks eight (Victoria) and nine (Michael) on Strictly Come Dancing in the 2012 series. If the other contenders prove pretty bad they might just be in with a chance.
Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, impressionist
Alistair McGowan, presenter Johnny Vaughan, and Desert Island Disc host Kirsty
Young also join the wife of Comic Relief boss Richard Curtis, Emma Freud. Out of the five of them one of them must be a
dab hand in the kitchen? Or is that just
when it’s time to wash up?
Singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, and actresses Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Jane Horrocks will be donning their apron and hoping to pull out a little something special when the clock signals it is time to bake. With Bonnie Wright swapping the wand she waved about as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films for a wooden spoon. She be wanting to turn her competition into fluffy bunnies to disguise how bad her baking really is?
So will it be a case of soggy puddings and flour clouds or will we get to see some real bakers appear before our very eyes. Only one way to find out – set your TV for 8.30pm, BBC2, Monday 13th to Thursday 16th January 2014.