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Great British Bake Off: Eight million roll up and tune in for Iain Watters

By Robert Dex

Almost eight million viewers saw a construction engineer from Northern Ireland mess up his Swiss roll in the first prime time edition of The Great British Bake Off.

The culinary TV hit on BBC1, with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, was watched by 7.9m viewers at its peak – its second highest ever audience.

That compares to 6.3m who tuned in to the first episode of last year's series, shown on BBC2.

Among the 12 contestants was bearded Belfast baker Iain Watters, whose Swiss roll wasn't quite good enough to impress the judges, which Hollywood said was "struggling to get some flavours".

Claire Goodwin became the first contestant to leave the competition after breaking down in tears over her own Swiss roll.

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