Nervy start for new faces as Great British Bake Off returns

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Great British Bake Off 2016 start date: When is GBBO Series 7 on air? They are bribing 81-year-old Mary Berry and Paul with limes!

We can look forward to watching fabulous cakes and buns galore being produced, and watch whilst the excellent Mary Berry and ever professional Paul Hollywood judge the results before demolishing towering cream filled, sugar glazed, perfections that someone has just spent hours producing.

The Great British Bake Off is known for its use of cheeky baking-related innuendos, many of them coming from presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. Always get it right before you go to bed. "In fact, it's going to get harder". That's it. Otherwise I will put on weight because I am having to taste 36 cakes a day.

Last year's Bake Off final was the most-watched show of 2015, with a whopping 15.1 million people seeing Hussain crowned champion.

The bakers were already cracking under the pressure of cake week and in a Bake-Off first, four of them binned their disastrous first attempts and started again.

Welsh hairdresser Louise Williams, 46, fought back tears as Hollywood told her that her cake was "great inside, awful outside".

But it was the show stopper bake that we were all holding out for and the 12 amateur bakers were instructed to make a mirror glaze cake each.

At the end of the first challenge Judge Paul Hollywood then describes one of the opening cakes as "awful" and another as "very dry", while even kind Mary Berry says another is "very messy". I took myself off somewhere quiet to reflect on the madness that is literally a group of strangers baking in a massive tent.

She was appointed after the UK's fourth biggest supermarket saw an unprecedented spike in certain home baking items after each episode of the programme past year. This year they got one in early.

Bake Off fans are hoping this year's contestants will prove just as entertaining and loveable.