Irish presenters Annie Mac and Laura Whitmore are among the contestants taking part in Channel 4's The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer, with the show's presenter Matt Lucas also showing off his baking skills.

They will join Olympic Gold medallist Mo Farah, singer Ellie Goulding and Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse on the show.

This year, 19 celebrities are taking part including comedian and creator of Taskmaster Alex Horne, TV presenter Emma Willis, singer-songwriter Example and choirmaster Gareth Malone.

Also hoping to impress with their baking skills in the Channel 4 programme are actor and author Ben Miller, The Inbetweeners star Blake Harrison, and TV and radio presenter Clara Amfo.

Former Coronation Street actress Katherine Kelly, comedian Ed Gamble, writer and comedian Mawaan Rizwan, TV star Ruby Wax, TV presenter Sophie Morgan, Friday Night Dinner's Tracy-Ann Oberman and musician Yung Filly complete the line-up.

In each episode celebrities will battle it out over three rounds - the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper challenge - in a bid to be crowned Star Baker and impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

The gang will be back soon Photo: Channel 4

The upcoming series will see the show's Lucas switching from presenter to baker in an episode when he fills in for a missing baker.

He said: "I was forced to bake by my bosses at the last minute when one of the bakers became unavailable.

"I can't tell you how happy I was that my humiliation was caught on camera."

The programme, which also sees Noel Fielding hosting, is due to air later this spring.

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall and comedian Reece Shearsmith were among the stars who were crowned Star Baker last year in the charity series.

Stand Up to Cancer, launched in 2012, is a joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

Source: Press Association

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