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Derry Girls and The Great British Bake Off bring such joy into our lives and now our two favourite shows are teaming up. 

The cast of Lisa McGee’s hilarious series are set to show off their baking skills on a very special episode of Bake Off.

Nicola Coughlan, who plays our favourite wee lesbian Clare, confirmed the news on Instagram this evening and we may burst with the excitement.

The Great Festive Bake Off will see actors Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’ Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney channel their inner Mary Berry.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will host the show and help guide the cast of Derry Girls through their baking challenge.

The show’s judges will also be there to crown the champion. Let’s just hope the cast are better at baking than their characters are.

You can catch the Derry Girls/Great British Bake Off crossover episode on Channel 4 on New Year’s Day.

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It's that time of year again – The Great British Bake Off addiction is well and truly underway.

Amateur bakers around the country have been spurred on to give cake making a go, after being inspired by the weekly show.

After almost burning down the kitchen for the fifth week running, we've decided to leave it to the self-professionals that grace our screens every week.

And I say self-professionals as Paul Hollywood has been dishing out his famous handshakes this season right, left and centre.

The handshake is no longer the sacred holiness that the amateur bakers tremble and shed a tear at.

At this stage, it's almost a shock to both audience and contestants alike if we make it a whole episode without Paul extending the hand.

Rightly so, Paul has been burnt on Twitter for his looseness with his Hollywood handshakes. 

The 52-year-old has been forced to defend his actions and told viewers to expect a change for the rest of Bake off.

On The Jonathan Ross Show Paul explained why he was so generous with the shake: "I've taken a bit of flack over [it]. The handshake came from when [bakes] looked very professional and they almost cross that line from being amateur to professional."

"Every year the standard has got better and better and better and this year has been phenomenal. Some of the flavours they are bringing out. Rahul's stuff has been incredible."

Thankfully, we won't have to endure too many shakes, as the celeb chef said: "you will see it happen, the handshakes almost stop. Because what I've done is I've realised they are all moving up in standard so I've got to move my barrier up so that's exactly what I do, I raise the bar and then no one gets over the top of it."

In reply to the stick he received on Twitter, Paul said: "What you're forgetting which is crucial is the general standard of baking/bakers has risen year on year… this is reflected in any praise given."

Regardless if you love or hate the handshakes – we will definitely be tuning into the Bake Off tonight and criticising cakes we could only dream of making, heavily defending our favourites and drooling over Rahul's flawless bakes.

 

Feature image credit: Paul Hollywood/Twitter

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Well, this is turning out to be an action-packed weekend.

With Body & Soul, Sea Sessions and Dublin Pride all underway, there's no better time to sit back and relax before having to go back to work tomorrow.

And if you have a love for Father Ted and tea, then get yourself down to Stoneybatter today!

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Mrs Doyle's Tea Party — The Batter Bake Off is taking place at the Stoneybatter Festival today, where the Father Ted star herself, Pauline McLynn, will be hosting alongside Great Irish Bake Off presenter Anna Nolan. 

And what's the objective of this bake-off? To see who has the best biscuits in the 'Batter, of course.

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The competition is split into three categories; best cake, best biscuit and best plate of sandwiches, and you will have to register here (but be quick before time runs out!).

The event will take place between 4-5pm on the Festival Stage on Manor Street, Stoneybatter.

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With the devastating news of Mary Berry’s departure from Bake Off shaking fans everywhere today, we thought we’d take a look back at some of Mary’s best bits.

Now while there was much to love about the GBBO judge, there was one thing about the 81-year-old that will stand the test of time; those innuendos.

They may not have been intentional but they were the gift that kept on giving and here’s some of our favourites from her six years on the show.

When Mary explained that consistency is everything

When Mary was disappointed about the lack of symmetry

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When Mary spoke to all of us watching from our sofas eating cake

When Mary argued you can have quality AND quantity

When Mary gave some very crucial advice to contestants

When Mary was disappointed by the contestant's soft creations

When Mary was all about indulgence

When Mary explained the importance of consistency to Paul

When Mary was impressed with the sizable baked goods

When Mary was just a delicate little flower

Aw, Mary… you have given us so much over the years. You will be missed.

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Beloved Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins revealed this week that she has been living with a brain tumour.

The TV personality opened up about the tumour, which thankfully is benign but has prevented her from being able to have children, in the new issue of Good Housekeeping. 

"I’m lucky that it’s benign so it’s not in itself a worrying thing," Sue said of the growth, discovered eight years ago during a health check-up during filming for another TV show.

"Sometimes it’s big and makes me mad, and sometimes it’s small and is in the background. Sometimes it screws up my hormones. I have various tests now to make sure the side effects aren’t too onerous."

Back in 2007, Sue was filming a show called The Supersizers in which she ate foods from different eras, with doctors conducting tests to see how they affected her body. Luckily this meant the tumour was discovered in good time, as the 45-year-old confesses she had been neglecting her healthy in many other ways.

"I was at a point where I was spending so much of my life doing TV that I only found out about my real life through a television procedure. I didn’t have the time to go to the doctor in real life," she admits.

And while the growth on Sue pituitary gland is not life-threatening, the fact that it has affected the production of various reproductive hormones and in turn her fertility has not been easy to digest. Sue admits that it became particularly tough to cope with when her Bake Off co-star Mel Giedroyc became pregnant for the first time.

"When she [Mel] had her first child I thought: this is an experience I won’t have or share. You’ve gone somewhere I can’t go. You think it is going to destroy something, but actually it hasn’t destroyed anything – we have very different lives and different experiences now."

Sue and Mel's friendship spans 27 years. The pair meeting for the first time while studying at Cambridge University and went on to star in the comedy troupe Footlights together.

"I don't know if I would have gone on to have children," Sue admits. "But as soon as someone says you can't have something, you want it more than anything."

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