The Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020: The full line-up, the judges, what happened and more

Here’s everything you need to know to prepare for the frivolities

Updated on 11 March 2020 • Written By Emma Mitchell

The Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020: The full line-up, the judges, what happened and more

When The Great British Bake Off first announced a celebrity line-up for the celebrated UK show, we always knew we would be blessed with some of TV’s most iconic moments. What could be more wholesome and rewarding than watching our favourite A-listers swap the red carpet for the Bake Off tent, switch their glad rags for an apron, roll up their sleeves and face the unadulterated criticism of Paul Hollywood as they beat, blend and bake their way into a sweaty, flour-dusted spin. Jonathon Ross was for many a particular highlight – whose sheer ineptitude made for TV gold. Or last year's memorable moment when James Acaster presented the judges with an inedible masterpiece and simply exclaimed “… started making it, had a breakdown, bon appetite”.   

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Sure, cooking programme aficionados who like to see some real skill on display are likely to be disappointed as the calibre of contestants is no match for those on the regular Great British Bake Off. However, if you like seeing celebrities totally out of their comfort zone, making a fool of themselves and all the while raising some money for a great cause, then this is undoubtedly the show for you.

Better still, Channel 4's celebrity line up for this year’s show includes some very famous faces that we can’t wait to see being put through the mess and mayhem that’s synonymous with the GBBO tent. Already we’re expecting comedy gold from the likes of everyone’s favourite TV judge Rob Rinder, TV personality Scarlett Moffatt, comedian Russell Howard and of course the unflappable and much-loved documentary film maker Louis Theroux. Combined with commentary from presenters, unlikely comedy duo Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, we’re confident we’re in for a real treat, with soggy bottoms all round.

When does the Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020 air?

The five-part series on Channel 4 starts on Tuesday 10 March at 8pm.

The line-up for each episode is as follows:

Episode 1 – Jenny Eclair, Louis Theroux, Ovie Soko, Russell Howard

Episode 2 – James Buckley, Patsy Palmer, Richard Dreyfuss, Scarlett Moffatt

Episode 3 – Caroline Quentin, Joel Dommett, Johanna Konta, Tan France

Episode 4 – Alex Jones, Alison Hammond, James Blunt, Joe Sugg

Episode 5 – Carol Vorderman, Kelly Brook, Mo Gilligan, Rob Rinder

Who will judge the Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020?

Don’t threat, no change here. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will once again be setting the tasks and putting the contestants through their paces. And no, just because they’re famous faces, don’t expect the critique to be any more forgiving. Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be taking care of presenting duties, although this will be Toksvig's last appearance on the show, after she quit earlier this year.

What happened in the latest episode of the Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020?

Don't have time to watch it on catch-up? Fear not, after every episode we'll give you a brief synopsis of the highs and lows here so you can be ready and waiting for the next episode.

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS 

Episode 1

From the outset it becomes clear that this eclectic quartet of celebs, unlikely to cross paths were it not for the competition, are harbouring some serious competitive streaks beneath the apparent camaraderie. Jenny Eclair becomes an obvious front runner while Louis Theroux shows a surprising degree of ambition, and indeed potential. First up, the celebs are tasked to make a giant biscuit, followed by a classic bake and then finally for their showstopper – a choux sculpture representing their perfect day. Sure enough Eclair scoops up the Star Baker crown after her choux scenario depicting an adventure she once had in Barbados swimming with pigs impresses Prue with its originality. Granted it might sound odd, but it’s nothing compared to Theroux’s bizzare faux pizza cake which swapped mozzarella for white chocolate, tomatoes for raspberry jam and olives for chocolate chips. Meanwhile, Russell Howard created an inedible construction which the judges refused to taste, while Ovie’s unrecognisable mess was reportedly quite tasty. Ultimately, it’s Jenny Eclair who walks into the final, leaving an onslaught of grumbling fans on social media declaring that documentary filmaker Louis Theroux was robbed of his rightful apron.

Meet the Great Celebrity Bake Off 2020 contestants

Channel 4 has really outdone itself this year with a diverse range of celebrities that range from actors to athletes, comedians to popstars. There's a lot of big characters in the mix who will be sure to provide the kind of entertainment that keeps us coming back for more. Tricky to say who will be the secret bakers among them, but we reckon Alex Jones knows her macaroons from her macarons. 

Jenny Eclair

Age: 59
Famous for: Comedian and author

Louis Theroux

Age: 49
Famous for:
Documentary Filmaker

Ovie Soko

Age: 29
Famous for:
 Former Love Island contestant

Russel Howard

Age: 39
Famous for: Comedian

James Buckley

Age: 32
Famous for: Actor, best known as Jay from The Inbetweeners

Patsy Palmer

Age: 47
Famous for: Eastenders actress turned DJ

Richard Dreyfuss

Age: 72
Famous for: Actor

Scarlett Moffatt

Age: 30
Famous for: TV personality who found fame on reality show Gogglebox

Caroline Quentin


Age: 59
Famous for:
Actress and TV presenter

Joel Dommett

Age: 34
Famous for: Comedian

Johanna Konta

Age: 28
Famous for: British tennis player

Tan France

Age: 36
Famous for: Fashionista from cult Netflix hit Queer Eye

Alex Jones

Age: 42
Famous for: Presenter of the BBC's One Show

Alison Hammond

Age: 45
Famous for: This Morning presenter

James Blunt

Age: 46
Famous for: Singer songwriter

Joe Sugg

Age:28
Famous for: Youtuber and brother to internet star Zoella

Carol Vorderman

Age: 59
Famous for: TV Presenter best known for her role on Countdown

Kelly Brook

Age: 40
Famous for: Radio and TV presenter

Mo Gilligan

Age: 32 
Famous for: Comedian

Rob Rinder

Age: 41
Famous for: TV judge

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