Swapping gold medals for golden crusts! Victoria Pendleton joins Rochelle Humes for a star-studded series of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Victoria Pendleton is swapping gold medals for golden crusts as she takes part in a special Bake Off series, along with actress Jane Horrocks and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

They are among 16 stars aiming to rise to the challenge, who also include Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young and Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes.

The kitchen hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2’s The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month, with four taking part each night.

Swapping gold medals for golden crusts: Victoria Pendleton will turn her hand to baking when she joins (L-R) Emma Freud, Michael Ball and Jamelia on the upcoming Great Sport Relief Bake Off

Swapping gold medals for golden crusts: Victoria Pendleton will turn her hand to baking when she joins (L-R) Emma Freud, Michael Ball and Jamelia on the upcoming Great Sport Relief Bake Off

Change of career: Alistair McGowan will do his best impression of being a baker in the upcoming series

Change of career: Alistair McGowan will do his best impression of being a baker in the upcoming series

Cyclist Pendleton’s fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

 

Others taking part are singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actresses Doon Mackichan and Samantha Bond.

Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and Bonnie Wright, who has played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Battling it out: Michael Vaughan, Bonnie Wright, Samantha Bond and Johnny Vaughan will also compete in the show

Battling it out: Michael Vaughan, Bonnie Wright, Samantha Bond and Johnny Vaughan will also compete in the show

Battle of the boys: Johnny Vaughan and Michael Ball will go head to head in the baking challenge
Battle of the boys: Johnny Vaughan and Michael Ball will go head to head in the baking challenge

Battle of the boys: Johnny Vaughan and Michael Ball will go head to head in the baking challenge

Completing the line-up are writer and broadcaster Emma Freud - wife of Comic Relief boss Richard Curtis - and Johnny Vaughan.

The shows featuring signature, technical and showstopper dishes will be screened over four consecutive evenings from Monday, January 13, at the end of which a star baker will be crowned.

Regular presenter Sue Perkins will be without her usual sidekick Mel Giedroyc, but will be joined by guest hosts Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand.

Celebrity challenge: Alistair McGowan, Helen Skelton, Rochelle Humes and Doon Mackichan will also compete on the BBC2 show

Celebrity challenge: Alistair McGowan, Helen Skelton, Rochelle Humes and Doon Mackichan will also compete on the BBC2 show

The series will also follow Olympic gold-winning boxer Nicola Adams as she visits Comic Relief-funded projects in South Africa.

But Skelton admitted she is 'absolutely rubbish at baking'.

She said: 'All my friends and family laugh at anything I do in the kitchen, so I thought this might be a chance to redeem myself. I wished I’d practiced more beforehand.

Trying their hand: Jason Gardiner, Jane Horrocks, Kirsty Young and Greg Rutherford will swap their showbiz and sporting careers for the kitchen

Trying their hand: Jason Gardiner, Jane Horrocks, Kirsty Young and Greg Rutherford will swap their showbiz and sporting careers for the kitchen

'When they said to me, "You’ve got to make a pizza" I thought they meant just put the toppings on a pizza - I didn’t realise they meant make the dough and everything.'

The fundraising Sport Relief weekend takes place from March 21 to 23 with members of the public invited to run, swim or cycle in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, with events at the former Olympic venue in east London, now renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Those interested can visit sportrelief.com for entry details.

Getting into the swing of things: Jane Horrocks certainly seemed to be getting into the spirit of things as she got to work in the kitchen

Getting into the swing of things: Jane Horrocks certainly seemed to be getting into the spirit of things as she got to work in the kitchen


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Helen Skelton. Role model for girls everywhere and the best Blue Peter 'Action Girl' of all time. Helen won't cry if she breaks a fingernail.

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So Ms Pendleton is there for the Ruby factor isn't she?

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Good line up

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Remember when Pendleton had class

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Ummm, no!

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Sounds good, until I read that Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand are taking part. Pity

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Well at least with Brand there we will know who ate all the pies!

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I think we should all give Rochelle a break, she's trying something new, i'm sure many of you would take the chance to be on strictly and bake off. She's probably enjoying a break from the band as they've just released their fifth album and activity away from singing is probably just what she wants right now

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Is there anything this girl isn't taking part in?

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Last celebrity bake off was very funny give these guys a chance. And if it raises some cash for people who desperately need it, good luck to them.

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Come a long way that girl,since she learnt to ride a bike.

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Ruby Pendleton. You could not make it up. Gotta stick with a winning formula.

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