Bake Off Extra Slice star Jo Brand: 'Prue seems quite scary'

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Jo Brand has compared The Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith to the headmistress of a girls’ school and says she seems 'quite scary'

Jo Brand has compared The Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith to the headmistress of a girls’ school!

Talking to TV Times, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice presenter declared that Prue seemed quite scary and added that the show has stayed essentially the same since its big move from the Beeb to C4 - Tuesday's episode of Bake Off narrowly lost out to Doctor Foster in the ratings.

“I absolutely understand fans’ initial fears that things may change but it hasn’t, has it? For which I’m glad as I’m a creature of habit,” said Jo Brand. “The new line-up is great. I know Sandi and Noel very well from the comedy circuit – Prue is the only one I haven’t worked with before and although she seems quite scary, I like that she knows her mind.

“Mary Berry was the universal grandmother everyone wanted to cuddle: Prue’s a bit more headmistress of a girls’ school who speaks her mind, which isn’t a bad thing!”

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Jo went on to reveal that her baking skills haven’t improved despite now being in her fourth series of hosting An Extra Slice, Bake Off’s sister show.

“I’m terrible. There’s been no improvement. I know the basics because my kids wanted to make cupcakes every 15 minutes when they were young but I was never a domestic goddess. Who hasn’t followed a recipe doing exactly what it says and still ends up with a brown splodge? Or is that just me?”

Finally, Jo paid tribute to the enthusiastic studio audience she has on An Extra Slice.

“They’re so excited to be there, aren’t they? They’re on the point of exploding, which is lovely as a performer. When you see what they’re prepared to bring on a train journey from Aberdeen – Windsor Castle in melted sugar for example – it’s incredible.”

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice is on Thursday evenings on C4.


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