Fresh batch of contestants for Bake Off

‘The Great British Bake Off’ returns to our screens on Tuesday (August 29) at 8pm on Channel 4.

Over the next 10 weeks, 12 of the best amateur bakers (pictured) will compete to win the title of Bake Off 2017 champion.

Channel 4 has revealed that during this eighth series, the contestants will “whisk, knead, ice, beat and bake their way through classic British cakes, perfect patisserie, Italian delights, sticky caramel constructions and elaborate layered puddings”.

A total of 30 new challenges have been designed by judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Paul is one of the country’s leading artisan bakers, who has been a judge on ‘The Great British Bake Off’ since the first series in 2010, while new judge Prue is a restaurateur and author.

Joining them will be two new hosts: presenter, comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig and comedian and actor Noel Fielding.

Episode one of the multi-award-winning show is Cake Week. The bakers will take on a fruity signature challenge and Prue will set her first technical challenge, described as a ‘children’s party favourite’. The final challenge is billed as ‘the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off’: an illusion cake.

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