Frances, Kimberley and Ruby make the Great British Bake Off final

Frances Quinn, Kimberley Wilson and Ruby Tandoh have made The Great British Bake-Off final.

Military wife Beca Lyne-Pirkis, 31, was sent home in the French-inspired semi-final of the hit BBC Two show, judged by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

The mother-of-one failed to impress the judges in the showstopper challenge when she made a Banoffee Opera Cake .

A sobbing Beca said: "I don't think I need to say how upset I am. I know that in time I'll be really proud of myself to get to this point to get so close to the final.

"I've done so much and learnt so much, but it's been the most amazing experience as well."

She later tweeted: "Thank you for the lovely tweets! Those three ladies are amazing & it will be a grand finale."

Clothes designer Frances, 31, psychologist Kimberley, 30, and student Ruby, 21, will battle it out on the final of the BBC Two show. Kimberley was named star baker in the semi-final thanks to her imaginative canapes and a perfect Charlotte Royale in the technical challenge.

The Great British Bake-Off will relocate to BBC One next year.


Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.