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Great British Bake Off spoilers: The trickiest showstopper EVER starts new series

The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off 2017 starts tonight and here are some first spoilers from the new series.

Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith will be joining Paul Hollywood as judge of The Great British Bake Off when it returns to screens tonight on Channel 4.

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Prue and Paul will be joined by new GBBO hosts Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding, ready with a pertinent pep talk, a helpful hand or just a sympathetic shoulder to cry on, for what is series 8 of the cooking competition.

Over the next 10 weeks, 12 of the best amateur bakers in Britain will whisk, knead, ice, beat and bake their way through classic British cakes, perfect patisserie, Italian delights, sticky caramel constructions and elaborate layered puddings.

The Great British Bake Off 8 - 2017: - Baker Julia
The Great British Bake Off 8 - 2017: - Baker Julia

All 12 will be hoping to impress with their skill, creativity, knowledge and passion to clinch the Bake Off Crown with 30 challenges carefully designed by judges Paul and Prue standing in their way.

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In tonight's first episode of The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4, it's the classic Cake Week.

As always, it starts off with the signature challenge which this week is a hopefully straight forward fruity bake.

Prue sets the first technical of the series - a children's tea party favourite - and everyone is out to impress the new judge.

Then in the third and final challenge is what Channel 4 describe as "the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off".

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The contestants must take on the task of creating a magical illusion cake. Creating these mind-blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit.

The Great British Bake Off 8 - 2017: - Baker Kate
The Great British Bake Off 8 - 2017: - Baker Kate

Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers - and their cakes - are made of before deciding which unlucky baker will be the first sent home.

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Great British Bake Off 2017 begins tonight at 8PM on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice is returning with Jo Brand staying as host, airing on Thursday nights on Channel 4.