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More soggy bottoms on their way!

The excitement is building for the start of the ultimate baking battle: the fifth series of The Great British Bake Off starts tomorrow, Wednesday August 6th, at 8pm on BBC One.

There are sure to be plenty of tears, tantrums and a few soggy bottoms during this series, but, as ever, it is eagerly anticipated by households across the country.

It’s the series that has turned Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood into celebrities, with the affable Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc returning to present the series.

This year comedienne Jo Brand is set to host the BBC Two spin-off show The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, which starts on Friday, August 8th.

There will once again be 12 bakers taking part in the main show that we have all come to love.   Many viewers will be scrutinising the show’s youngest ever contestant: 17-year-old Martha Collison, who took part in filming while she was still at school.  Martha wrote on Twitter: “I only have friends because I make good cake.  Seriously.”

Will Paul Hollywood find a “favourite” contestant this year?  Last year he was accused of giving contestant and former model 22-year-old Ruby Tandoh preferential treatment due to her good looks, although this was denied.  People will have an eye on him this year for sure.

Of course, the show is supposed to be about the baking.  Passionate amateur bakers fight it out to be crowned the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2014.  Over the course of 10 hour-long episodes we will see the contestants tackle different baking skills, which become progressively more difficult as the competition unfolds.

Drama is guaranteed, as too are many a laugh and tears.  I shall certainly be watching.  Bring on The Great British Bake Off!


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