The UK’s favourite show, The Great British Bake Off, returns to screens this February for a special Red Nose Day series – The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

For the first time, the series (4×60) will broadcast on BBC One over four weeks.

In another exciting first, there will be a special episode of hit BBC Two spin-off, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice. The extra serving will be presented by Jo Brand and aired on the Red Nose Day night of TV on Friday 13th March.

Judged by legendary cookery writer Mary Berry and acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood, the series will see a batch of 16 celebrities compete in the ultimate baking battle, all to raise as much cash as possible for Comic Relief. Presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are joined by comedians Jo Brand and Ed Byrne and will each host an episode.

Each 60 minute episode will see four celebrity bakers put their signature, technical and showstopper bakes under the spotlight in a bid to be declared Comic Relief Star Baker.

The series will also follow comedian Ed Byrne as he visits a number of Comic Relief projects in Uganda to show how the money raised this Red Nose Day could help change lives.

Mary Berry said: “It was great fun working with all of the celebrity bakers. They gave it their all and although there were some baking catastrophes, some surprising hidden skills were revealed. One thing for certain is that anyone can have a go at baking and it’s a great way to raise money for Comic Relief – and you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun!”

The Great Comic Relief Bake Off is produced for BBC One by Love Productions in conjunction with Comic Relief. Executive Producer is Anna Beattie and Series Producer is Hannah Griffiths for Love Productions. Clare Paterson is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC. Executive Producer for An Extra Slice is Sharon Powers for Love Productions, and Alan Tyler is the Commissioning Editor for the BBC.

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 13th March. To find out how to hold your own bake sale for Red Nose Day, visit www.rednoseday.com/bakeoff.

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