Hooray! We finally know what Channel Four’s new Bake Off will look like, as it’s now been announced that Prue Leith will officially take over from Mary as the second judge, and comedian Noel Fielding and writer Sandy Toksvig OBE will replace Mel and Sue as hosts.
In a statement released on 16th March by Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt, he admitted that the threesome were definitely the right fit for the show’s new home. He said, “The Great British Bake Off will have a uniquely Channel 4 take when it airs this autumn. Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces.”
Of the presenters, he also said “Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent. It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4.”
Sandy Toksvig admitted her delight at her new role on Twitter, saying “It’s an extraordinary honour to be charged with being in the mix to produce this national treasure of a show.”
Original judge Paul also weighed in on the new cast, saying “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
So what do we know about the new Great British Bake Off line-up?
Of course, most people know who this comedian and writer is. But let’s remind ourselves of some of the brilliant things she’s known for…
– She definitely has solid presenting experience behind her. In October 2016, she took over from Stephen Fry as the host of QI on BBC.
– She’s also a political activist. In fact, she is even joint founder of the Women’s Equality Party.
– She began her comedy career at Griton College at Cambridge University, in the Footlights group. And she even shared the stage with people like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie.
– She’s also written more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books in her time. Is there anything this lady can’t do?
Although hugely successful, you may not know too much about this comedian…
– He’s most well known for co-creating and co-starring in the comedy show The Mighty Boosh.
– He was a co-captain on the BBC show Never Mind The Buzzcocks from 2009 – 2015, alongside people like Russell Brand and Jimmy Carr.
– He’s also an artist. Noel held his first art exhibition in London in 2008, citing Salvador Dali as one of his biggest influences. One of his installations was also shown at the Saatchi Gallery.
And again – Prue is someone you’re likely to know well. But here are a few things you may not have known about the cook…
– Up until the age of 17, Prue lived in Johannesburg, and attended a private English boarding school run by nuns.
– Her son, Danny Kruger, is a former advisor to David Cameron. She also has a daughter, Li-Da Kruger, who she adopted from Cambodia years ago.
– While she of course has penned multiple cook books (she’s already a judge on the Great British Menu after all), she’s also written multiple fiction books, the latest being The Prodigal Daughter.