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Stars for Comic Relief Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have revealed that the show's Comic Relief edition will feature a very starry line-up.

Sixteen celebrities are to take part in the shows in February, with four episodes broadcast on BBC One over four weeks.

Mary said: "It's very exciting. You have the very best comedians, actors coming and we've never laughed so much. They're the best."

Paul added: "They're proper A-listers this time. It's unbelievable. Not saying we didn't have A-listers before, but I was really shocked with the people walking in. Genuinely.

"You would not believe it," he continued. "There's one programme with four people on that you'll be staggered to find in one room."

Mary joked: "But the baking isn't brilliant!"

The Great British Bake Off won the gong for best skills challenge show at the National Television Awards, beating Come Dine With Me, MasterChef and The Apprentice.

Paul - who took selfies with Ricky Gervais in the toilets at last year's ceremony - admitted its success has been "staggering".

"On the first series we did 3.6 million people, the following one we did 5.4 million, then 7.6 million and it's just escalated every year," he said.

"It is staggering. I think the third year we knew we were on to something a bit special, but we had no idea it would become as big as it is now. It's just colossal. It's a real privilege to be a part of this programme because the people on it are great, the team are like a family. The bakers are fantastic, the audiences are superb and I think Mary and I will carry on doing what we do."

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