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Get Set For The Great British Bake Off 2017

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Get Set For The Great British Bake Off 2017The Great British Bake Off makes its big move to Channel 4 tonight with new hosts, a new judge and a brand new batch of contestants.

Former hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were the first to announce that they were “not going with the dough” to Channel 4, explaining that they had chosen to remain loyal to the BBC.

Replacing them are Mighty Boosh creator and comedian Noel Fielding and QI host Sandi Toksvig.

Replacing Mary Berry as second judge with Paul Hollywood is Prue Leith, the restauranteur and cookery writer.

Tonight's episode will see the 12 new amateur bakers tackle cake week.

After a 'fruity signature challenge', Prue Leith sets her first technical, a 'children's tea party favourite' and the final challenge is billed as 'the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off, an 'illusion cake'.

Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt has teased that the new series will be a “modern” Bake Off with a “slight Channel 4 spin”.

Speaking at the broadcaster’s annual report, she revealed: “I have seen the first episode and the first thing you think is that this is Bake Off but with an extraordinarily high calibre of contributors but with a slight Channel 4 feel to it.

"It’s got a new tone to it; it’s got a new comic riff to it and I think that feels modern and future-facing. So it’s a show that a lot of people love but with a slight Channel 4 spin which is exactly what I hoped it would be.

Aside from the change in personnel, the new series is expected to retain all of the hallmarks that made the show a success.