There goes the alarm… better rescue those biscuits before they catch. The 29-year-old singer and The Voice coach has whipped up a reputation for punchy, catchy tracks, full of feminist fire and empowerment. As with Rascal, it seems an odd career decision to go to sifting flour on camera. But either way, expect Prue Leith to get some lip if she dares to suggest the crumb could be moister.
The veteran TV and radio presenter is no stranger to pressure cooker conditions. She’s done stand-up, got a show on Radio 2 and has whirled around the Strictly ballroom. But she slammed her previous experience of celeb cooking shows, Marco Pierre White’s Hell Kitchen, as “brutal and revolting”. The times, and TV, has moved on now though, so here’s hoping she finds Bake Off a more genteel proposition.
The sixth series of the excellent black comedy anthology Inside No 9 is on the way, and in the meantime here’s its co-creator and star Reece Shearsmith doing something completely different. As one half of possibly the most imaginative TV-making duo working today (with Steve Pemberton), will Shearsmith embrace the macabre with his bakes? After all, who wouldn’t want to see Edward and Tubbs recreated in cake form?
Like Gregg Wallace, there never seems to be a moment when the 33-year-old presenter is off our TVs. Fortunately, she brings barrels more charm and insight than the ever-present dessert-scoffer. Whether she’s investigating conditions on the frontline of mental healthcare or whipping up a croquembouche, she’s a sparky screen presence.