Channel 4 has announced the new line up for The Great British Bake Off.
Comedians Sandi Toksvig (QI) and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) will host Britain’s biggest baking competition, while restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith joins Paul Hollywood as a judge.
The news comes after it was announced last autumn that the blockbuster baking show would be moving from BBC One to Channel 4.
Toksvig and Fielding will follow in the footsteps of BBC hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who stepped down after the show’s final series on BBC One, while Leith replaces Mary Berry as judge alongside Paul Hollywood.
Sandi Toksvig, who hosts the RTS Programme Awards next week, said it was a “huge honour” to be joining the show, adding “Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.”
Fielding, who is known for his whacky outfits as much as his comic talents, explained “GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.”
Speaking about the new Bake Off team, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt, said “It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4.”
The eighth series is due on Channel 4 later this year, featuring twelve new amateur bakers vying to become the next GBBO Champion.