The Great British Bake Off fans hail Matt Lucas the best thing about 2020 for THIS reason

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Matt Lucas made his debut on The Great British Bake Off last night...

Fans of The Great British Bake Off were thrilled to see their favourite show return to Channel 4 last night, with Matt Lucas joining the team.

Matt has replaced Sandi Toksvig after she left the show at the end of the last series, and fans agree that he fits into the show perfectly.

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Fans thought Matt fitted into the team perfectly (Picture: Channel 4) (Image credit: © Mark Bourdillon)

Matt Lucas arrives with a bang 

The presenter, best known for writing and appearing in sketch show Little Britain alongside David Walliams, also brought his comedy genius to the show by impersonating Boris Johnson at the start of the episode.

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Matt had fans in stitches with his impression of Boris (Picture: Channel 4)

Matt's spoof of Boris holding a government briefing has left fans in stitches, and they are hailing the comedian the best thing about 2020...

While this year's series of The Great British Bake Off might have been filmed under lockdown restrictions, the production team managed to get around that by keeping the crew, presenters, judges and bakers in quarantine before the show.

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Despite the new rules and regulations that 2020 brings, the eleventh series of the baking show still had the same warmth we know and love.

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Matt and the team returns with a bang (Picture: Channel 4)

And, of course, there were baking disasters as the new bakers experienced the highs and lows of being in the famous white tent.

Ready, set, BAKE! 

The first challenge set for the new set of bakers was a battenberg challenge, which they all tackled with enthusiasm.

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This year's team of bakers were put to the test on The Great British Bake Off last night (Picture: Channel 4)

The technical challenge this week was pineapple upside down cake, while the showstopper challenge saw the bakers put their fondant skills to the test as they created busts of their heroes.

There was even some cake sabotage drama when one of the new bakers, Sura knocked fellow contestant Dave's cakes on the floor while swatting a fly away from her bakes.

Thankfully no harm was done... but what a way to kick off the new series.

The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4. You can catch up on all the action by watching online on 4OD.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.