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The line-up for The Great Celebrity Bake Off has been revealed and viewers are calling it the best yet. Queer Eye’s Tan France, James Blunt, Louis Theroux, Richard Dreyfuss, Kelly Brook, Russell Howard, Alex Jones and James Buckley are amongst this year’s contestants.

Love Island’s Ovie Soko, YouTube star Joe Sugg, Johanna Konta, Caroline Quentin, Carol Vorderman and Rob Rinder will also take part.

Comedian Joel Dommett, Jenny Eclair, Mo Gilligan, actress Patsy Palmer and Alison Hammond complete the line-up.


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Viewers praised the stellar line-up:

“Better line up than usual. At least I’ve heard of most of them,” one said.

“OMG Theroux & Dreyfuss – I’m going to implode,” said another.

“WOW. couldn’t have had a better lineup,” another added.


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The five-part series is set to air later this year in a bid to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Four celebrities will compete against one another for the title of ‘star baker’ in each episode. There will be three rounds: Signature, Technical, and Showstopper in every episode and we honestly cannot see what type of culinary delights these celebrities whip up.

The air date for The Great Celebrity Bake Off has yet to be confirmed but keep your eyes peeled!


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.


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.


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As the Easter weekend approaches, we can't help but dream about curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea in one hand and a giant Easter egg in front of us.

Seeing as the weather is due to be dreary and miserable this weekend, we are planning on making the most of our Netflix subscription.

We've got movie nights planned and a Gilmore Girls binge-session planned with the girls.

The thought of spending the bank holiday weekend in an overcrowded play-centre sounds like our worst nightmare, so you'll be delighted to hear that a very special show has been added to Netflix.


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Star bakers, cancel your Easter plans this weekend because seasons one to seven of The Great British Bake Off are coming to Netflix in Ireland!

Join the beloved Merry Berry and Paul Hollywood in the bake-off tent as they judge a mouth-watering array of delicious pastries, show-stopping desserts and…umm…plenty of soggy bottoms.

So, settle down and get inspired with a sweet treat of your choice…perhaps a cinnamon bun or a Bakewell tart to help you binge your way through the first seven series of The Great British Bake Off.

Available on Netflix on March 31.


While 2016 has been an absolute sh*tshow for most, Geordie lass, Scarlett Moffatt, has watched her career go from strength to strength over the last 12 months.

Not only did she find time to throw out classic one-liners on Gogglebox, pen a best-selling book and embark on a new fitness and nutrition plan, she was also crowned Queen of the Jungle in this year's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

Not bad for one person, right?

But it doesn't sound like Scarlett, who also netted herself a job on Capital FM, is about to stop now…especially if emerging reports are anything to go by, anyway.

With the Great British Bake-Off currently seeking new hosts following Mel and Sue's decision to leave the much-loved programme, rumours have begun circulating that the Gogglebox star is in the running for the position.


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"Scarlett is now a serious contender – she opened a lot of eyes to her potential on I’m a Celebrity," a source said recently.

"She is young, very funny and just the type of presenter Channel 4 are looking for to front their version of the show."

"Scarlett may be inexperienced but the thinking is she could be paired with a more senior co-host," the insider added.

How amazing would Scar be in that role?!



So, Ruby Tandoh has undergone a radical transformation.

In a move which has left her Twitter followers reeling this week, the Great British Bake Off star has taken to social media to share snaps of her new look, and it's fair to say opinion is divided.

The 24-year-old baker, who appeared in the 4th season of the much-loved baking competition, decided to ditch her trademark curls in favour of a buzz cut.

Uploading a snap of herself looking pretty defiant on Wednesday, Ruby wrote: "Do what you want.

Following the snap with her reasoning. Ruby added: "I realised I was always hiding behind my big mop of hair and pulling it over my face so i was like… bye curls, hello being unapologetic."

And while most social media users have praised the new look, not everyone has been so complimentary.

Taking issue with Ruby's decision to showcase her shaved head, one follower wrote: "Not attention seeking at all, is it?"

Owning her critic with one line, Ruby replied: "Is your bald ass head attention-seeking too?"

Ruby 1. Troll: 0



If you’re looking to lose weight, you might want to consider switching off The Great British Bake Off.

Yes, and as former star baker and Heston Blumentha-in-waiting Tom Gilliford became the seventh competitor to exit the contest, one study has thrown up some rather worrying findings.

Some 1,000 dieters – surveyed by weight loss firm Forza Supplements – were asked to find the ten most effective ways to lose weight.

Respondents were given a list of 50 diet tips and asked to pick the ten best if you want fight the flab quickly.

Coming up tops was weighing yourself every day – being cited as the most effective way to diet.

And after switching off TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off, using smaller plates came third.

In fourth place was taking a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss.

Throwing away your cook books was the fifth most popular option – because you are tempted to make highly calorific dishes you would not normally eat.

Stopping doing a big weekly shop at the supermarket came sixth – if you have lots of food in the house, you tend to eat more.

The likes of eliminating snack drawers, cutting back on alcohol consumption and going to bed earlier were all also short-listed by dieters.

Forza Supplements said in response: "We all think we know the secret to effective dieting, so we thought it would be useful to find the ten tips that really do work.

"Weighing yourself every day was the overwhelming winner – nothing beats the crushing disappointment of standing on the scales and seeing you have nudged up by a 1lb. It motivates dieters to do better.

"It is interesting how destructive popular TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off can be to regular diets.

"It's watched by more than 11 million people a week and it is inevitable they are going to want to try one of those highly calorific recipes at the weekend.

"Dieting is incredibly difficult and people struggling to lose weight need help – it is why diet products like ours have never so popular."

Forza Supplements are available in Ireland at branches of Lloyds Pharmacy.  

The ten most effective ways to lose weight:

  1. Weigh yourself every day
  2. Avoid TV cookery shows like The Great British Bake Off
  3. Use smaller plates
  4. Do a topless selfie every three days to show your weight loss
  5. Throw away your cook books
  6. Stop doing a 'big' weekly shop at the supermarket 
  7. Make sure your partner or a close friend diets with you
  8. Don't have a snack drawer at home 
  9. If you booze, you lose 
  10. Go to bed earlier

It would seem as though Channel 4 have their sights set on our favourite Spice Girl.

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Geri Horner, commonly known as Ginger Spice, is being lined up to host Great British Bake Off.

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A source from Channel 4 told The Sun that "Geri is a bit of a curve-ball idea, but an intriguing one all the same".

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The source also said that Geri has always been a huge fan of the show, but may be a difficult choice for producers, as she has virtually no presenting experience.

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"But it's the only show that might tempt her to host" they said.

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Six months ago Geri appeared on a special episode of Great British Bake Off in aid of Sports Relief.

We certainly think Geri could spice-up the show!


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.


It's been confirmed. Mary Berry has QUIT The Great British Bake Off.

The talented lady has followed in the footsteps of Mel and Sue and left the popular baking show.

BBC News has reported that she will stay with the channel for "loyalty."

The show was bought by Channel 4 last week for an incredible sum of €87 MILLION.

Rumour has it that Jamie Oliver will take on the roles of Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in the revamped show.

Here's Mary's statement: 

Ah, Mary. We'll miss you. 


The Great British Bake Off is a British institution, so it seemed only fitting that the much-loved baking show be aired by the BBC – the nation's public service broadcaster, right?

And yet that partnership has officially come to an end after the corporation this week lost rights to the show that captures the imagination of millions every year.

According to reports, it looks like Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue will be setting up the iconic tent elsewhere in the future as Love Productions have failed to reach an agreement with the corporation.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the production company behind the series confirmed the news, saying: "[It is] with deep regret, after more than a year of exhaustive negotiations we have been unable to reach an agreement with the BBC for the renewal of The Great British Bake Off."

"We are really saddened by this outcome because we always wanted to stay on the BBC. As recently as June we were convinced that was what would happen," they explained.

After six years working with the BBC, the company sound genuinely disappointed to end their partnership, continuing: "Love Productions would like to thank the BBC for the role it played in making this show such an enormous hit, and the faith they showed in us over the years to develop it."

Emerging reports confirm that the show has officially moved to Channel 4 –  a decision which may not sit well with Mary and Paul who were reportedly keen to remain with the BBC.

What will this mean for Paul's icy blue stare now?


This week is bread week on the Great British Bake-Off, and if you are a bit of a novice in the kitchen (like some of us here in Shemazing! HQ), then this recipe will make you feel like you're cooking alongside the GBBO contestants.

So even if the only thing you've cooked in the kitchen is a microwave meal, this easy four step recipe will impress all your friends:

Granary Bread


  • 500g granary, strong wholewheat bread flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp clear honey


1.Tip the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and mix together with your hands. Stir 300ml warm water with the oil and honey, then stir into the dry ingredients to make a soft dough.

2. Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for five minutes, until the dough no longer feels sticky. If you need to, sprinkle in more flour.

3. Oil the loaf tin and place dough inside, pressing it down evenly. Then, place tin in a large plastic food bag and leave to rise for one hour. It's perfect when the dough has risen to fill the tin and it no longer springs back when you press it down.

4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. With a knife, make several slashes to the top of the loaf, then bake for 30-35 minutes. When risen and golden, tip the loaf onto a wire rack and tap the base of the bread to ensure it's cooked. Leave to cool.

Now, just slather on some butter, sit on your comfy couch and enjoy GBBO!