The new line-up for the Great British Bake Off has been announced – and it’s certainly a surprise.
Prue Leith will join Paul Hollywood as a judge, replacing Mary Berry, while Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will join the baking show as presenters when it returns in its new home at Channel 4.
The unlikely double act will take over from Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who decided not to follow the show to its new home after its multi-million pound by out last year.
Of her new judging gig, Prue said: “I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us.
“It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.
Sandi added: “It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show.
“Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business.
"The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.
"The only down side is that he has much better dress sense than I do. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings.
"I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show.”
Noel added of his new gig: "GBBO is one of my favourite shows.
"I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me!
"It’s basically the double."
Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt said of the new appointments: “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.
reator and Executive Producer for Love Productions - who created the Bake Off - Richard McKerrow added: “We are honoured to have the esteemed Prue Leith join Paul as judge on GBBO and know that Sandi and Noel will bring plenty of fun and warmth to the tent.
"We cannot wait for them to meet our new batch of bakers. On your marks, get set, BAKE!”
The Great British Bake Off will return later this year with 12 new amateur bakers vying for the title.