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Louis Theroux Made ‘Great British Bake Off’ History Last Night

Louis Theroux Made ‘Great British Bake Off’ History Last Night

The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer launched on Channel 4 last night, and the first famous quartet to take to the tent were Jenny Eclair, Russell Howard, Ovie Soko and Louis Theroux.

The line-up was stellar, but as is always the way with the celebrity edition of Bake Off, nobody actually expected them to do *well*. After all, they're comedians, documentarians and basket-ballers... bakers they are not.

So, when Louis rustled together a cookie that tasted good and looked exactly like a stone baked pizza - using white chocolate for mozzarella, raspberry jam for tomatoes and chocolate chips for olives - it's fair to say that overall the judges were impressed.

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Louis' cookie looked exactly like a pizza (Credit: Channel 4)
Louis' cookie looked exactly like a pizza (Credit: Channel 4)

Complimenting the flawless design (he even used a blowlamp) and flavour, Paul Hollywood extended his hand to give a famous 'Hollywood handshake'.

But it didn't stop there. Despite disagreeing with some of Paul's complimentary points, Prue Leith couldn't help but offer up a handshake too - a rare occurrence indeed.

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And as he saw all the hand-shaking action take place, Noel Fielding then got in on the action too, joking: "This means nothing," as he did so.

That's right. Louis only went a bagged a triple whammy.

Honestly, it was a joyous moment, and it might have been the most quintessentially British thing we've ever watched.

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"Three handshakes," he wrote on social media as he watched the show along with us. "THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE!!"

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Despite getting off to a good start, and bagging an accolade he can boast about forever more, it was comedian Jenny Eclair that impressed the judges the most throughout the competition.

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She also bagged a 'Hollywood handshake' early on in the programme, after Paul was left bowled over by her Frida Kahlo inspired cookie.

And ultimately, when it came to choosing star baker, Eclair won the title, after impressing with her... eclair (it's almost like they planned it!).

For the challenge, Jenny fashioned herself swimming with pigs, moulding her chest from bright pink marzipan and placed it on top of a profiterole torso. She made the pigs from choux and pink icing and nestled them alongside her.

Ovie's baking left a lot to be desired (Credit: Channel 4)
Ovie's baking left a lot to be desired (Credit: Channel 4)
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Meanwhile, throughout the competition, poor Russell Howard's bakes were consistently slated (one Prue refused to eat because it was raw).

And as for Ovie - everything tasted pretty decent but he didn't win any points for presentation.

Then again, we'd eat anything that he knocked up for us, tbh.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Topics: TV News, louis theroux, TV Entertainment, Paul Hollywood, GBBO, Great British Bake Off

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