Twelve new amateur bakers don their aprons to battle it out in series seven of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ tonight.

The Great British Bake Off is back!

Twelve new amateur bakers don their aprons to battle it out in series seven of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ tonight.

Hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are back, along with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, who have devised 30 new challenges to test the bakers’ knowledge, skill and creativity.

The competition, which runs for ten weeks, begins this evening (Wednesday August 24) at 8pm on BBC1 with ‘cake week’.

The group first take on a British classic and are then faced with Mary’s technical challenge – a little cake with a fatless sponge and tricky chocolate work. Finally, the bakers have the opportunity to show the judges what they can do with their showstopper.

The best of the bunch will be crowned star baker, while one contestant will be leaving the tent.

In week two, Paul and Mary will set three biscuit challenges. The competitors start with a signature challenge, with just a few hours to make 24 identical decorated biscuits. Next is a technical challenge that requires perfect piping. The showstopper challenge requires precision baking to build a biscuit structure that reveals a little more about each of the bakers.

A total of 13.4 million people tuned in to the final of last year’s ‘Great British Bake Off’ to see Nadiya crowned as the 2015 winner.

She revisits our screens again this evening in ‘The Chronicles of Nadiya’ which airs straight after ‘The Great British Bake Off’. This is a two-part documentary series following her as she returns to her roots in Bangladesh on a culinary odyssey.

A couple of days later, Jo Brand is back to host ‘The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice’ which reviews the week’s events in the competition. 

And when the ‘The Great British Bake Off’ wraps up, Pyrex National Baking Week kicks off, from October 17-23.

 

l-r: Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins

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The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off is back for another year, welcoming a new set of amateur bakers to BBC1 from next Wednesday (August 6) at 8pm.

The Great British Bake Off is back!

This year welcomes the tent’s youngest-ever baker and the oldest. At just 17 years old, Martha combines baking with her AS Level exams and coursework, taking revision breaks to make a tower of profiteroles or a batch of macaroons. She is studying Food Technology, Maths and Chemistry and wants to be a food scientist when she is older.

Diana, aged 69, is the show’s oldest baker. The daughter of a dairy farmer, she grew up on the farm in Shropshire and is a traditional baker. Making her daughter’s wedding cake is her proudest baking moment.

All 12 bakers will be challenged on their baking skills from every angle by judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, while presenting duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are back to oversee the proceedings.

As they enter the tent for the very first time, the 12 contestants’ Signature Challenge is to make a Swiss roll, while their first ever Technical Challenge. is a classic cherry cake (based on Mary’s recipe). For the Showstopper, the bakers must make classic British cakes in miniature.

There will also be a spin-off show called An Extra Slice on BBC2 fronted by comedian Jo Brand. Reminiscent of The Apprentice’s spin-off You’re Fired!, the sister show will feature a panel of celebrity fans who will review the week’s successes, plus unseen footage and interviews with eliminated contestants.

The audience will be asked to bring in homemade refreshments inspired by the week’s bakes and viewers will be invited to share photos of their efforts. An Extra Slice will air on BBC2 immediately after the main programme, which moves to BBC1 after last year’s finale drew more than nine million viewers.

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The Great British Bake Off is back!

Episode one of 16 begins on Tuesday, August 14 on BBC2 at 8pm.

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, each one-hour programme sees 12 of the country’s best amateur bakers face three challenges each week.

All the challenges are devised by cookery writer Mary Berry and Master Baker Paul Hollywood, who are also on hand to judge and taste their efforts.

The theme of next week’s one-hour programme is cake. The contestants will make rum babas, attempt to bake a showstopper cake which reveals a hidden design detail when it is sliced into, and tackle an upside-down cake for their signature bake.

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