Celebrity Bake Off contestants announced

And, do you know what? A pretty good line-up will be turning out in support of Stand Up For Cancer.

This summer – summer, remember that? – the Great British Bake Off tent will be hosting a gaggle of celebrity bakers for five new episodes of The Great Stand Up To Cancer Bake Off. However, unlike the usual Bake Off format, four celebrities per-episode will battle it out in a knock-out format in a bid to be crowned Star Baker.

The celebrities facing the signature, technical and show-stopper challenges will be:

Musical comedian Tim Minchin; former Lois Lane-turned-author, Teri Hatcher;  I’m A Celeb winner and presenter, Stacey Solomon; Scottish Conservative Party leader,Ruth Davidson; comedian, writer and actress Roisin Conaty; singer, songwriter and former The Voice judge,  Ricky Wilson; Diversity’s Perri Kiely; TV presenter Nick Hewer; broadcaster Melanie Sykes; musician/actor Martin Kemp; comedian Lee Mack; Paralympic gold medallist Kadeena Cox; comedian Joe Lycett; Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing; comedian Harry Hill; comedian, actor and presenter, Griff Rhys Jones; singer Ella Eyre, journalist and presenter Bill Turnbull; comedian Alan Carr; and comedian/actor Aisling Bea. Phew!

Prue and Paul will be judging the bakes, as is now the norm – though we reserve judgement on whether that will ever feel ‘right’ – and the whole affair will be wrangled by Noel and Sandi.

Though The Sun (no, we’re not linking, sorry) seems to think that all this is going to be broadcast in March, we found no confirmation of that. The press release simply says ‘later this year’ and, as we presume it will be big part C4’s Stand Up To Cancer thread – a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 – we’re going to presume the final will coincide with the now-annual night of dedicated C4 programming, which usually happens in mid-October.