Golden girl Pendleton bids for baking glory

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Victoria Pendleton is swapping gold medals for golden crusts as she takes part in a special Bake Off series, along with actress Jane Horrocks and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

They are among 16 stars aiming to rise to the challenge, who also include Dancing In Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young and Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes.

The kitchen hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2’s The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month on BBC2 with four taking part each night.

Cyclist Pendleton’s fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Others taking part are singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actresses Doon Mackichan and Samantha Bond, the former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton and Bonnie Wright, who has played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Completing the line-up are writer and broadcaster Emma Freud – wife of Comic Relief boss Richard Curtis – and Johnny Vaughan.

The shows featuring signature, technical and showstopper dishes will be screened over four consecutive evenings from Monday, January 13. Regular presenter Sue Perkins will be without her usual sidekick Mel Giedroyc, but will be joined by guest hosts Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand.

The series will also follow Leeds-born Olympic boxer Nicola Adams as she visits Comic Relief-funded projects in South Africa.