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Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig to join contestants after Big Narstie no show

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19th March, 2019 04:12 IST

In a first for Celebrity Bake Off – or any Bake Off, for that matter – tonight’s episode sees host Sandi Toksvig step in at the last minute and compete in the showstopper round.

Grime star Big Narstie, who it’s fair to say does not emerge as a favourite for the Star Baker apron on day one, failed to show for the second day of filming because he felt unwell.

That meant 60-year-old Sandi was forced to step in and make something epic out of banana cake.

“It’s a seamless swap, don’t worry,” says comedian Noel Fielding, as Sandi steps in to become “Little Narstie” for the final round. Nervous Sandi gulps as she admits: “I haven’t cooked a sponge since my domestic science O level.”

In the episode, Labour MP Jess Phillips, comedian Johnny Vegas and Olympian Katarina Johnson-Thompson compete against self-professed “Professor Flavour” Big Narstie, whose dog poop shortbread is something to behold.

He also pauses during the contest to eat a sandwich. It’s all very entertaining.

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Ahead of the show, Jess confessed that her greatest baking achievements have involved making rhubarb crumble, although she can also make rhubarb vodka, while Johnny confesses that he “can’t bake for toffee”.

After the show, unexpected contestant Sandi says: “The thing that I really learned today was to throw yourselves into it, give it a go, raise some money for Stand Up To Cancer and you have a lovely end product as well.”

You can watch the episode on Tuesday, March 19, on Channel 4 at 8pm.

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