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New line up for Junior Bake Off announced

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Comedian, author and a man who likes a significant shirt collar, Harry Hill, will host the new 15 part series of Junior Bake Off, due to transmit on Channel 4 later this year. Joining Harry, Prue Leith will swap the grown ups tent to judge the budding junior bakers alongside Bake Off alumni Liam Charles.

No stranger to the iconic white tent himself, Harry appeared in The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer in 2018 showcasing his own baking skills with his bald lucky cupcakes and a 3D biscuit scene representing the best day of his life entitled “The day I went on holiday with Camilla Parker Bowles” which certainly challenged the judges composure.

Harry Hill says: “I’m very excited to be going back in the tent and breathing the cake fumes – I know a certain Duchess will be looking on, brimming with pride!”

Bake Off judge Prue Leith has spent her career campaigning about the importance of children being taught about food, where it comes from and how to cook and says: “Almost all cooks and bakers start with brownies or pizza, finding it fun, creative and satisfying. So the more we can do to widen the nation’s interest in good food the better. I’m really thrilled to be asked to judge Junior Bake Off.”

Fresh from hosting his second series of Bake Off: The Professionals, Liam will take on judging responsibilities for the first time. Two years ago it was Liam’s bakes being judged in the tent, now he’ll get to share everything he learned during that experience to encourage the next generation of bakers.

Liam says: “From competing to hosting and now judging, it’s insane.  It’s going to be great to see what the junior bakers come up with because this is around the age I started. I’m well chuffed to be sharing the experience with Prue and Harry, it’s gonna be wicked, ROLL ON THE JUNIORS!!”

The BAFTA award-winning series made by Love Productions, creators and producers of The Great British Bake Off, will film in the Summer and broadcast on Channel 4 later this year.

Forty of the country’s best junior bakers, aged 9 – 15 will enter the Bake Off tent where their cake-making, biscuit baking, bread and pastry making skills will be tested to the limit. In each of the ten heats, the junior bakers face two challenges, the Technical Bake and the Showstopper with only four making it through to the grand final.

Kieran Smith, executive producer for Love Productions, says: “We are delighted to be giving this much-loved show a new home with Channel 4. With Harry, Prue and Liam at the helm we know Junior Bake Off will only go from strength to strength.”

Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 Head of Features and Formats, says: “Harry Hill made himself right at home on last year’s The Great Celebrity Bake Off for SU2C baking a bikini-clad Camilla Parker Bowles out of gingerbread. We’re delighted to welcome him back to the tent and can’t wait to see what mischief he cooks up alongside our judges - Bake Off legend Liam and the mighty Prue on the hunt for the next generation of young British bakers.”

Junior Bake Off is a Love Production for Channel 4, commissioned by Sarah Lazenby, Head of Features and Formats with Commissioning Editor Vivienne Molokwu and Executive Produced by Kieran Smith and Ollie Manley.

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Further information:

Amanda Console, Amanda@ConsolePR.co.uk / Shelagh Pymm, shelagh@shelaghpymm.co.uk

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