Great British Bake Off Fave Rahul Is Returning To The Tent For GBBO New Year’s Special
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The beloved baking competition will be back for the festive season, with episodes on Christmas Eve and in the Choux Year (see what we did there?) seeing some of our best-loved bakers return.
And in news that will warm you to your very cockles, tent favourite Rahul Mandal will be returning for the New Year special.
The shy and modest winner of Bake Off 2018 will be joined by fellow GBBO champion, 2014 winner Nancy Birtwhistle, as well as last year's favourites - the cheeky Henry Bird and the baking sorcerer Helena Garcia, best known for her witchy creations in the show.
Elsewhere, the Christmas special will feature James Hillery, Jamie Finn, Rosie Brandreth-Poynter and Ruby Bhogal.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be back to assess the festive bakes - and hopefully hand out a handshake or two to some of our contestants.
Noel Fielding will be hosting both specials, with Tom Allen stepping in for Matt Lucas for the Christmas helping.
But Matt will be back for the New Year show.
The Little Britain comedian, 46, joined the show this year after previous host, Sandi Toksvig, chose to step down from Bake Off after three years.
The new series wrapped last month, with Peter Sawkins being the younger winner of the programme so far.
It was a particularly special series of Bake Off, with the show filmed in isolation in order to keep production going during the coronavirus pandemic.
The cast and crew had to live in a "self-contained biosphere" which was Down Hall Hotel in Bishop's Stortford - where a marquee was put up in its garden for the competition.
The Great British Bake Off will air on Christmas Eve at 7.40pm, while the New Year's special will air on January 3 at 7.45pm.