The Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020 episode 1: Louis Theroux, Jenny Eclair, Russell Howard and Ovie Soko make a giant biscuit, a millefeuille and a tough ‘chouxstopper’ challenge – a choux sculpture depicting the celeb’s perfect day.
Celebrities join Matt Lucas in the tent aiming to impress judges Paul and Prue as they bake for Stand Up To Cancer. The bakers will take on one Signature, Technical and Showstopper challenge set by the show’s judges, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, and at the end of each episode, one person will be named star baker. Hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will cheer them on (or console them) along the way, as they show off their baking skills in a bid to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020 episode 1
The fundraising variant of Bake Off always presents a fine balance for celebrities taking part: yes, it’s great fun and a good laugh, but it will stress you out. You don’t have to see much of Clara Amfo battling with choux pastry and melted chocolate to feel it has tipped towards the latter for her.Meanwhile, Taskmaster’s Alex Horne is (mostly) enjoying himself. We’re expecting the wizard behind any number of creative challenges to be a bit left-field and he doesn’t disappoint.
I’m not sure the tent of dreams has seen anything quite like his representation of a skate park via the medium of cold toad in the hole.Be warned: part-way through the programme there’s an insert reminding us what the fun is in aid of. We hear the story of a woman called Cassie with breast cancer and her nine-year-old son, Kye. Perhaps it’s the fact that the programme has put us in laughter mode, so it takes us by surprise, but it’s devastating.
The elder statesman of Bake Off, Paul is the only member of the team who has been with the show since its very beginning, originally judging alongside Mary Berry until the move to Channel 4 in 2017. Paul also hosts the US version of the programme, The American Baking Competition and has served as head baker at a number of hotels in the UK and abroad, after first beginning his career at his father’s bakery when he was still in his teens.
Although it was Bake Off that really made Paul a household name, he had made some other TV appearances beforehand on shows including The Heaven and Earth Show and This Morning, while since making his name as a judge he has appeared on a number of programmes including his own show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.
Paul is known for his often harsh comments and for setting frequently challenging tasks in the signature challenge, while his coveted “Hollywood handshakes” reserved for the very best bakes have become a popular feature of the show.
Prue Leith – Great Celebrity Bake Off 2019 episode 5
Prudence Margaret Leith CBE is a British-South African restaurateur, chef, caterer, television presenter/broadcaster, businesswoman, journalist, cookery writer and novelist. She is Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. She was a judge on BBC Two’s Great British Menu for eleven years, before joining The Great British Bake Off in March 2017, replacing Mary Berry, when the television programme moved to Channel 4.