Great British Bake Off pokes fun at Prue Leith’s epic Twitter gaffe

Great British Bake Off pokes fun at Prue Leith’s epic 2017 Twitter gaffe in hilarious Back to the Future style opening to new series

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Great British Bake Off returned to screens on Tuesday night, opening the 2018 series by hilariously recalling judge Prue Leith’s Twitter spoiler from last summer.

Hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig opened the new series of the Channel 4 baking hit with a Back To The Future skit which saw them hurrying forward to this year’s final to stop Prue revealing the name of the winner. 

Last year Prue, in her first year as judge after the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4, revealed Sophie Faldo as the winner in an ill-timed tweet hours before the 2017 finale. 


It’s back! Great British Bake Off returned to screens on Tuesday night, opening the 2018 series by hilariously recalling judge Prue Leith’s Twitter spoiler from last summer

Tuesday night’s opening saw Noel dressed as Back To The Future’s Dr Emmett Brown as he instructed Sandi’s Marty McFly to jump in the DeLorean.  

‘Why are we going Back to the future? Is something terrible about to happen?’ asked Sandi, quipping: ‘Is Trump getting that peace prize? Are One Direction getting back together?’

‘It’s worse than that!’ Said Noel as Sandi gasped: ‘Oh no Prue’s about to tweet the name of this year’s winner!’


Remember that? Last year Prue, in her first year as judge after the show moved from the BBC to Channel 4, revealed Sophie Faldo as the winner in an ill-timed tweet hours before the finale

The scene the cut to October 2018 as Prue and co-judge Paul Hollywood settled down on the sofa to watch the final, with Prue busy on her phone prompting an aghast Paul to ask her what she was doing. 

The hilarious skit harks back to the epic gaffe from last last year, for which an emotional Prue profusely apologised, admitting being in a different time zone meant she mixed up her tweet timings. 

The first episode saw Prue admit she plans to be a ‘tougher’ judge for her second year in the tent with 12 new bakers. 


Epic: Tuesday night’s opening saw Noel dressed as Back To The Future’s Dr Emmett Brown as he instructed Sandi’s Marty McFly to jump in the DeLorean

This year the show’s first signature challenge saw the contestants take on biscuits, baking 24 regional delicacies that celebrated the bakers themselves. 

Baking biscuits with their own signature stamp, in a single oven in a steaming hot tent, caused timing gaffes and melting chocolate. 

While 60-year-old Karen had time for her packed lunch after finishing early, retired Terry barely had time to decorate his melting creations, getting emotional as he predicted ‘I’m going out.’ 


Ready, set, bake! This year the show’s first signature challenge saw the contestants take on biscuits, baking 24 regional delicacies that celebrated the bakers themselves


Frontrunner: Prue and Paul were impressed with self-named ‘Bollywood Banker’ Antony’s Turmeric and Caraway Goosnargh Cakes


Ouch: There was worse judgement to come for Terry as Paul struggled to even eat his Lake District Ginger Shortbread, declaring ‘that’s a rough old biscuit’

Prue and Paul were impressed with self-named ‘Bollywood Banker’ Antony’s Turmeric and Caraway Goosnargh Cakes, with Prue labelling them ‘beautiful’ and taking one away with her. 

French Software project manager Manon wowed Paul with her Hazelnut Cornish shortbread called the crunchy creations ‘fantastic.’

Project Manager Ruby quipped she was ‘bad at maths’ after Paul questioned why she had baked 25 of her Masala Chai delicacies, and the judges weren’t impressed with the ‘dry’ biscuits. Ruby prompted Paul to try them with a cup of tea, as he cheekily told the pretty baker ‘yeah that’s wet, these are still dry.’


Mistake: Project Manager Ruby quipped she was ‘bad at maths’ after Paul questioned why she had baked 25 of her Masala Chai delicacies


Fancy a bite? The judges weren’t impressed with Ruby’s ‘dry’ biscuits

But there was worse judgement to come for Terry as Paul struggled to even eat his Lake District Ginger Shortbread, declaring ‘that’s a rough old biscuit.’

It was full-time mum Briony’s Apple Cider Empire Biscuits which won Paul’s compliment of ‘the best shortbread here today.’

The Technical challenge saw Paul ask the bakers to recreate his childhood favourite of Wagon Wheels. 

After impressing in the first challenged Antony made mistake after mistake and struggling to finish leading Prue to declare of the messy results ‘I’m not sure that counts as a Wagon Wheel’. 

Ruby had an epic comeback though with her neat creations earning first place just ahead of Briony. Antony finished in 12th while Manon came third despite not having a clue what the British classic actually was, calling them ‘wheeling wagons.’


Classic: The Technical challenge saw Paul ask the bakers to recreate his childhood favourite of Wagon Wheels

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2018: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?


The [Kim] joy of baking: Kim-Joy has an ‘open’ approach to cakes

KIM-JOY

Age: 27

Occupation: Mental health specialist

Why Bake Off? Kim-Joy says her mixed-heritage is reflected in her open attitude to baking. She was born in Belgium to an English father and Malaysian-Chinese mother, grew up in London and now lives in Leeds. She applied for the show to boost her confidence as she never thought she could do it


Boozy bakes: Londoner Ruby is partial to a Chambord Ganache

RUBY

Age: 29

Occupation: Project manager

Why Bake Off? Growing up in an Indian family, Ruby was inspired by her mother, who used to make Indian sweets when she was a child. Now a Londoner, Ruby makes cakes, pastries and ‘boozy treats’ – which she enjoys inviting her friends and family over to indulge in


Flamboyant or flambé? Karen is looking to ‘have some fun’

KAREN

Age: 60

Occupation: In-store sampling assistant

Why Bake Off? Karen’s love for baking comes from the 15 years she owned a house in France. ‘I want to be more free and flamboyant. I really want to do this for me and I thought it was the right time to step up and have fun,’ she says


Blood, sweat and tears: Jon is a medical courier for a living

JON

Age: 47

Occupation: Blood courier

Why Bake Off? Welsh father-of-four Jon said: ‘I bake as often as I can, several times a week, mainly in the day while my wife and children are at school as I get some peace that way! The tent is far easier than my kitchen’ 


Mother knows best: Imelda learned to bake from her Irish mother

IMELDA

Age: 33

Occupation: Countryside recreation officer

Why Bake Off? Hailing from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, Imelda learned to cook and bake from her mother, who has been an inspiration in applying for the Great British Bake Off this year


Paul Bollywood? Antony’s Indian father taught him how to bake

ANTONY

Age: 30

Occupation: Banker

Why Bake Off? Antony said of the challenge: ‘My friends back home in India will be really surprised.They have known me to be a singer in a choir, a two-piece band but never as a baker, so it will be interesting to see their reaction’


Getting technical: Terry is a self-confessed ‘edgy’ baker

TERRY 

Age: 56

Occupation: Retired

Why Bake Off? Terry says he will use the spoils from his own microbrewery and allotment to add ‘edge’ to his bakes


Party boy: Luke is trading his decks for a different type of mixer

LUKE

Age: 30

Occupation: Civil servant/House and Techno DJ

Why Bake Off? Luke comes from Sheffield and has been baking since he was just 10-years-old. He feels now is the time to put his 20 years of home-baking to good use. The Bake Off tent is also a far cry from the DJ booths at night clubs that he’s used to


Man of science: Rahul has an East-meets-West flair for baking

 RAHUL 

Age: 30

Occupation: Research scientist

Why Bake Off? Rahul moved to the UK on a university scholarship when he was 23 and now lives in Rotherham. Once in the UK, he discovered new flavours and cuisines that have inspired his East-meets-West style of baking


Self-taught: Briony credits YouTube for her skills in the kitchen

BRIONY 

Age: 33

Occupation: Full-time mum

Why Bake Off? Having learned her techniques from YouTube tutorials, Bristol-based Briony feels ready to tackle the Bake Off tent


Bringing the boulangerie: Manon draws upon her French heritage 

MANON  

Age: 26

Occupation: Software project manager

Why Bake Off?  Hailing from France, Manon says: ‘When me and my best friend came to England, Bake Off was one of the first shows we watched together on TV. My closest girlfriends have always supported me throughout my baking journey’


Growing up: Dan has honed his baking skills as a stay-at-home dad 

 DAN 

Age: 36

Occupation: Full-time dad

Why Bake Off? ‘I’m doing this for selfish reasons,’ Dan says. ‘I’ve been at home looking after the kids for the last six years, so it was a chance to do something for myself. With my youngest starting school, I’m now ready to rejoin the world of adults’

 

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