Noel Fielding has been confirmed as one of the presenters of The Great British Bake Off when it transfers to Channel 4.
Noel and QI’s Sandi Toksvig will be stepping into Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’ shoes as presenters of the iconic cake-based talent show. Noel has recently finished filming Taskmaster with Mel, which might have led to some interesting conversations between the tasks.
TV chef Prue Leith has been confirmed as the new judge alongside Paul Hollywood, who has jumped ship from the BBC.
Hollywood has described Sandi and Noel as “warm and utterly hilarious”, adding: “I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
Toksvig said she is honoured to be part of “this national treasure of a show”, saying: “Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in showbusiness. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do.”
Noel has said of his new appointment: “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.”
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, said the show would air in the autumn: “Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent. It’s just the sort of innovative line-up audiences expect from Channel 4.”