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Great British Bake Off 2017: Sandi Toksvig reveals what it's REALLY like on set with Noel
Source: express.co.uk   |   August 29, 2017   |  139 Views

THE highly-anticipated return of the Great British Bake Off airs on Channel 4 tonight and new host Sandi Toksvig has opened up about her relationship with her co-stars on set.

She will present the baking competition alongside Noel Fielding and has admitted they get on very well with judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. 

Speaking about what the quartet get up when they aren't busy filming, she divulged to Good Housekeeping: "In our breaks, Noel and I and the two judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, are allowed to sit in the library lined with leather-bound books.

"We quickly fall into a routine. Paul has half an eye on some sport on the TV, Prue is writing another book, and Noel chats to me while I knit or, on the chillier days, take charge of the open fire. 

"I cannot think of a time in my life when four people have been more companionable or at ease with each other."

Sandi Tokvig and Noel Fielding

Sandi Toskvig and Noel Fielding

Sandi, 59, went on to add that she didn't comprehend how close she would grow to the contestants of the Channel 4 series. 

"It seems ridiculous now, but neither Noel nor I had quite prepared ourselves for how involved we would get," she noted. 

"We make one episode a week, so end up spending two and a half months with some of the contestants. That is long enough to feel a real sense of kinship. We laugh and cry in equal measure."

But that wasn't the only element of the show that Sandi was not prepared for as she admitted she didn't fully understand the scale and intensity of the series until they began filming. 

Great British Bake Off presenters

"I knew there would be cameras; I had no idea there would be so many," she told the publication. 

"There are cameras everywhere, sound operators, eagle-eyed producers, home economists fetching ingredients, runners running with all manner of things, make-up, wardrobe."

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