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Bake Off is back.

It's time to look forward to weeks of wholesome telly including a good helping of innuendo.

Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are back in the tent for more caustic comments and cringeworthy jokes.

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The BBC has succeeded in ticking every quota possible with this year's contestants, from a Filipino nurse to a Welsh prison governor and a British-Bangladeshi mother of three.

In episode one, the bakers will be asked to create a Madeira cake for their first signature bake followed by Mary's frosted walnut cake for the technical challenge - a difficult combination of sponge, buttercream and sweet meringue.

For the showstopper round, the contestants will be tasked with reinventing the black forest gateau.

Who will crumble at the first hurdle? Only Mary and Paul can separate the wheat from the chaff.

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