TV Preview- Celebrities to take a baking challenge

ActionAid undated handout photo of Joanna Lumley posing for celebrity photographer Rankin to launch the charity's Get Lippy campaign and to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 3, 2011.  The campaign highlights the inequalities faced by millions of women across the world. Photo credit should read: Rankin/ActionAid/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
ActionAid undated handout photo of Joanna Lumley posing for celebrity photographer Rankin to launch the charity's Get Lippy campaign and to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day on March 8th. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 3, 2011. The campaign highlights the inequalities faced by millions of women across the world. Photo credit should read: Rankin/ActionAid/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

This year’s Red Nose Day will be held on Friday the thirteenth of March when some of our most famous comedians will be urging people to part with some money to donate to good causes both here and abroad.

They will also be urging people to hold their own fundraising activities in order to raise money. While the main show is about a month off, a first of a series of four programmes began on Wednesday night at 8pm on BBC1 called - The Great Comic Relief Bake Off. It will be repeated on BBC2 on Sunday at 12.50pm. This is the second time that there has been a Comic Relief Bake Off and it will feature celebrities rather than members of the public. The first programme will be hosted by Sue Perkins.

The celebrities taking part will be Dame Edna Everage, Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders and Lulu. The contestants will be given three different challenges. The first one will be their signature challenge where they will produce something which they have baked many times before for their family and friends. The second challenge is the Technical one where they will have to use their technical knowledge of baking to produce something good.

The Showstopper Challenge will require them to produce a tiered chocolate cake. As usual the two judges will be cookery writer Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood. Future participants in this special series will include Jonathan Ross and Michael Sheen. Bake-Off has been very successful since its launch, winning very high ratings.

This special series not only gives us an opportunity of getting to know some celebrities better, it should also give us some ideas as to how to improve on our own baking skills.

Ian K