Christmas specials to whet appetites of The Great British Bake Off fans


The Great British Bake Off will get viewers into the festive spirit with two Christmas specials later this year.

Judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry will welcome back four bakers from previous series in each episode to tackle three seasonal challenges.

File photo dated 22/01/14 of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, as the Great British Bake Off stars are reportedly getting £100,000 pay rises.

They will be joined by presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc as the fan favourites whip up holiday treats.

Charlotte Moore, director of BBC content, said: "What a treat to bring two Great British Bake Off specials to BBC One this Christmas. Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue are the perfect recipe for the festive season."

Mel Giedroyc (left) and Sue Perkins at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
(Ian West/PA)

These two special episodes of the hugely popular show replace the Bake Off Masterclasses that have been shown in previous years.

Richard McKerrow, creative director of Love Productions - the company that makes the programme, added: "We're excited to announce that there will be two specials of The Great Christmas Bake Off. What could be a better Christmas gift than welcoming back past bakers for a fun-filled festive Bake Off!"

Queen Elizabeth II with Nadiya Hussain, winner of the Great British Bake Off who baked a cake for her, during a walkabout close to Windsor Castle in Berkshire as she celebrates her 90th birthday.
Nadiya ended up baking a cake for the Queen (John Stillwell/PA)

The final episode of the 2015 series was the biggest show of last year, with 15.1 million viewers watching Nadiya Hussain being named as the winner.