Despite viewers being initially concerned Bake Off moving from the BBC to Channel 4 would inhibit the show, the new series proved a success with Noel Fielding winning over the sceptics. 

Of course, the annual Great Christmas Bake Off and Great Festive Bake Off will return, this year's shows featuring some of our favourite bakers. 

For the Great Christmas Bake Off comes 2016’s Selasi Gbormittah and Val Stones. Both were fan-favourites, Selasi’s laid-back attitude and Val’s dancing winning over the nation.

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Beca Lyne-Pirkis from the 4th series — known for her “exquisite” macarons — will also return for the Christmas special, as will the 6th series’ Lion-sculptor, Paul Jagger.

Meanwhile, for the second special, The Great Festive Bake Off, Rav Bansal and Benjamina Ebuehi from the 7th series will be coming back. 

Rob Billington, best known for accidentally dropping a pristine chocolate cake on the floor during the second series, and ‘wobble dancer’ Sandy Docherty finish the line-up.

Rob and Rav standing, Benjamina and Sndi sitting. ()

When we can expect the two festive episodes remains to be seen — release dates and timings will be announced by Channel 4 closer to the time. 

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