MEET THE 2018 CLASS OF THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 0 182

Say hello to a fresh batch of bakers… this is the class of 2018. Series 9 of The Great British Bake Off starts Tuesday 28th August at 8pm on Channel 4.

ANTONY

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Antony

Antony’s dedication to research is like our knead for puns. In a single trip to Paris he once tasted 50 choux buns.

BRIONY

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Briony

Briony comes from Bristol and her passion is puff pastry. She learns techniques from the Internet to keep her baking tasty.

DAN

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Dan

Dan believes baking is about the quest for perfection. When he creates a bake he’s proud of, he has a huge sense of relief.

IMELDA

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Imelda

Imelda is a recreation officer who comes from County Tyrone. She excels at baking soda bread but can she make a scone*?

*We unreservedly apologise for those offended by this pronunciation.

JON

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Jon

Welshman Jon loves family life and wears Hawaiian shirts. Dress sense doesn’t matter when you make nice desserts!

KAREN

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Karen

Karen’s love of baking started when she lived in France. She now makes foot-long éclairs and delicious lemon tarts!

KIM-JOY

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Kim-Joy

Kim-Joy’s birthday is on World Baking Day, so she was clearly born to bake. For that fact alone, she deserves a Hollywood Handshake.

LUKE

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Luke

Luke works as a civil servant plus a house and techno DJ. The tent could host a massive rave if he manages to get his way.

MANON

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Manon

Manon was inspired to bake by London after moving there from France. She was quickly hooked on Bake Off, it was love at first glance.

RAHUL

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Rahul

Rahul is a research scientist with an ‘East meets West’ style of baking. His huge attention to detail means his cakes could be structurally breathtaking.

RUBY

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Ruby

Ruby’s time at university kicked off her love of baking. Compared with seven housemates to feed, Bake Off isn’t such an undertaking!

TERRY

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: – Baker Terry

Terry’s a retired air steward with a background in fine art. He hopes to fly high in the tent and bake a damn fine tart!

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HOLBY CITY & CASUALTY CROSSOVER ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH 0 188

For the first time since 2005, the cast of Holby City and Casualty will join forces for a two-part crossover special on BBC One as the staff of the emergency department and the wards come together when Holby City Hospital is plunged into chaos.

Characters from both series will interact as their storylines are intertwined across the two dramatic, action-packed episodes.

A major cyber-attack plunges Holby into blackout and disables most of the hospital’s automated monitoring equipment. At the same time Sacha (Bob Barrett) is in a car crash which injures his daughter Bekka (Francesca Barrett) and Ric’s (Hugh Quarshie) granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), one of whom might be pregnant. Fighting a different battle amongst the chaos, Connie (Amanda Mealing) is left to save the life of a member of her own team with surgery. As Sasha’s injuries become apparent Jac (Rosie Marcel) comes to his rescue and is ready to operate but with only one theatre available in the blackout, Connie and Jac have to make the impossible decision of which of their friends to try and save first.

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, says: “We’ve known for some time there’s been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows, so that’s exactly what we are serving up! You’ll see both the Casualty and Holby teams striving heroically against the odds in two episodes of pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama. I’m quite literally in awe of Michelle Lipton’s writing achievement and Steve Brett’s direction in pulling off this double, and so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry. There’s so much to relish in the cross-show character interactions: an especially poignant thematic resonance between two regulars, Connie and Jac in delicious conflict, and perhaps most vitally, who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby!”

The crossover will begin during Casualty on Saturday 2 March and will conclude during Holby City on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One.

Throughout 2019, Holby City is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of guest appearances from previous Holby characters and fan favourites across the year. Amanda Mealing will be the latest returner in the crossover, coming back to her old stomping ground in Holby as Connie Beauchamp.

GRAHAM NORTON & ALAN CARR CONFIRMED AS JUDGES ON RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE UK 0 157

BBC Three has confirmed two of TV’s best loved presenters and personalities, Graham Norton and Alan Carr, will be joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage on the judging panel for RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.

Eight-time Bafta TV award-winner Graham Norton is no stranger to RuPaul’s Drag Race, having already appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season two in the US as a guest judge in 2016. Whilst comedian Alan Carr is a long-time fan of RuPaul, having made his acquaintance when Ru appeared on his chat show Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.

Both Graham and Alan share a passion for the drag scene and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The first UK adaption of the global hit will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer, and Graham and Alan will appear as rotating resident judges. Each week, they will join RuPaul, Michelle Visage and a celebrity guest judge.

For the grand finale, Graham and Alan will both appear on the judging panel alongside previously announced judge Michelle Visage, where together they will assist host RuPaul in crowning the UK’s Next Drag Superstar.

Graham Norton says: “Becoming part of the drag race family makes me ridiculously happy! I can’t wait to see what the UK drag queens bring to the party, but they better weeeeerk!!!”

Alan Carr, says: “Wow! To be sat next to Michelle Visage and Mama Ru as a guest judge on possibly one of my all-time favourite shows EVER is a dream come true. I can’t wait to see what the UK Queens have got in store – it’s going to be sickening! *does death drop*”

RuPaul, says: “I was both shocked and delighted when Graham and Alan told me they’d be wearing tucking panties when sitting at the judges’ table. I told them it was not necessary, but they insisted. Now that’s what I call dedication!”

Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, says: “I am so excited that self-confessed Drag Race fans Graham and Alan have agreed to join Ru and Michelle on our judging panel. Their immense wit and wisdom will be invaluable in ensuring the most deserving Queen sashays away with the title.”