The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C episode 5: Matt Lucas welcomes TV presenter Anneka Rice, comedian John Bishop, pop star Nadine Coyle and wheelchair basketball player-turned-presenter Ade Adepitan into the tent. Under the watchful eye of judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, the celebrity bakers attempt decorative choux buns in the signature and tackle financiers in the technical before making a showstopping cake that represents something from their bucket list. Last in the series.
They certainly haven’t left the best until last because the final four celebrities really struggle with their baking challenges. John Bishop forgets to put flour into his cake mix and Nadine Coyle drops some of her buns on the floor. Elsewhere a glass bowl shatters dramatically and someone else’s cake batter splatters all over their worktop. “I might need therapy after this,” says Ade Adepitan. I doubt the chocolate showstoppers are going to give regular Bake Off contestants sleepless nights but then we don’t watch this to admire their skill and – as always – it’s very funny.
Anneka Rice, John Bishop, Nadine Coyle and Ade Adepitan tackle decorative choux buns and financiers before making a showstopping cake that represents something from their bucket list
The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C episode 5
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.