The Great British Bake Off 2016 Christmas special start date and time REVEALED!

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Bake Off Christmas special
The BBC have confirmed that there will be a two-part, 'all-star' Great British Bake Off 2016 Christmas special this year, featuring some familiar faces from previous shows.

The BBC plan on shaking things up this Christmas by creating the two-part festive special to replace Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood's Christmas master-classes which will air on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year.

The show will first air on Christmas Day at 4.45pm - perfect timing after your hearty roast dinner. The second helping of our favourite show will air on Boxing Day at 7pm. The mini series will see past contestants compete against each other to take on Christmas-themed baking challenges.

Our two favourite presenters (sorry Ant and Dec!) Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will host The Great British Bake Off 2016 Christmas special plus each programme will feature four favourite GBBO past contestants. How exciting!

The show will see the return of some previous contestants, including Howard Middleton and Cathryn Dresser

Although the line-up hasn't been confirmed, it's been reported that two of the past bakers taking part include 2013 contestant Howard Middleton and 2012 contestant Cathryn Dresser. The rest are yet to be revealed but watch this space for more updates.

The BBC's tease for the episode says: 'It is time for some of The Great British Bake Off's memorable past contestants to dig out their pinnies and re-enter the famous tent armed with their best festive recipes, as The Great Christmas Bake Off makes mouths water with its final ever episodes on the BBC.'

The Great British Bake Off is by far one of the most popular reality TV shows to date, with last year's series drawing in a whopping 15 million viewers - it's no wonder they're raising the stakes for Christmas this year.

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC content, said: 'What a treat to bring two Great British Bake Off specials to BBC One this Christmas. Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue are the perfect recipe for the festive season.'

The contestants will compete against each other (just like old times!) making festive cakes, breads and biscuits in order to impress Mary and Paul all over again.

We can't wait to see some of our favourite past contestants back on our screens this year - Christmas couldn't come sooner.

Do you love The Great British Bake Off? Excited to see some of our favourite past contestants return? Comment below and share your thoughts!

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