Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

OUR SHOW IS LIKE BAKE OFF'S BOSSY OLDER SISTER; New Presenting Double Act the Great British Bake Off: The Professionals' Liam Charles and Tom Allen Tell Georgia Humphreys about Their Dream Job ON THE SCREEN SMALL

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

OUR SHOW IS LIKE BAKE OFF'S BOSSY OLDER SISTER; New Presenting Double Act the Great British Bake Off: The Professionals' Liam Charles and Tom Allen Tell Georgia Humphreys about Their Dream Job ON THE SCREEN SMALL

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Byline: Georgia Humphreys

THE Great British Bake Off is a competition that can get surprisingly emotional - and its forthcoming sister series, Bake Off: The Professionals, is no different, according to its presenters.

"There is so much drama in it," teases Tom Allen, 35 - a comedian you'll know from shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Mock The Week.

"It's a real roller coaster. There are tears all round at various points."

The show sees 12 professional duos from across the UK go head to head in a series of heats watched by judges, celebrated pastry chefs Cherish Finden and Benoit Blin.

For 20-year-old co-host Liam Charles, who came fifth in the latest series of The Great British Bake Off, seeing things go wrong with the bakes was "pretty difficult".

ON THE "When stuff like that does happen, we have to encourage them to move on and sort of gee them up," he elaborates. "We are their support network!" Here, the pair tell us more about their exciting new roles.

SMALL SCREEN RISE TO FAME HACKNEY-BORN Liam - known by his friends as Cake Boy - shot to stardom after The Great British Bake Off last year, thanks to his personality and use of interesting flavours.

"Everyone has been ridiculously supportive," he gushes. "I didn't think it would be this big."

The role is also a dream come true for Tom, who, at the age of 22, won the UK's most prestigious comedy newcomer award, So You Think You're Funny.

"It comes in this long British tradition of camp things, in a way, in that it is taking something that is quite flippant to many people - just baking and cakes and patisserie - and suddenly making it the most important thing in the world," remarks the comedian.

"Something about it just feels naturally fun and witty, and it's great to be part of it."

DOUBLE ACT FROM the way they big each other up and laugh over memories from filming, it's clear working together came naturally for Liam and Tom.

"I hope that comes across in the show, because we did have such a lovely fun time doing it," notes Tom. "I've learnt so much from Liam in terms of his natural enthusiasm and natural energy towards it all. …

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