The Great British Bake Off to provide Christmas cheer

The Great British Bake Off to provide Christmas cheer

The Great British Bake Off will be returning to TV screens for two seasonal specials this Christmas.

The popularity of the BBC series shows no sign of waning, with a staggering 13 million viewers tuning in to watch Nadiya Hussain crowned the winner of last year's season.

And now fans of the show have reason to rejoice, after BBC One boss Charlotte Moore confirmed news of two festive treats.

Each episode will feature four previous contestants of the baking competition, who will compete to produce the best Christmas classics, such as Christmas cakes and Yule logs.

They will then be judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, with hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins providing their hilarious commentary.

"Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue are the perfect recipe for the festive season," Charlotte said of the new specials.

It won't necessarily be past winners of the show who will be chosen to take part in the seasonal specials, but those who have won over viewers with their big personalities.

Viewers have speculated already that one of the Christmas episodes could see the return of Iain Watters and Diana Beard, who hit headlines due to Baked Alaska-gate - when Diana was accused of deliberately sabotaging Iain's frozen dessert, leading him to throw the sloppy mess in the bin and walk off in a strop.

It's hoped The Great Christmas Bake Off can emulate the success of the Sport Relief versions of the show, where groups of

celebrities compete to raise money for the charity.

News of the Christmas shows comes after it was revealed the Bake Off Masterclasses, which saw Paul and Mary detail how to produce some of their finest creations, have been axed from the BBC's winter schedule.

- Cover Media