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‘Great British Bake Off’ Presenters Noel Fielding And Sandi Toksvig Explain Why Their Double Act Is More Than A Match For Mel And Sue

'There’s a lot of suppressed sexual frisson.'

22/08/2017 00:01 | Updated 29 August 2017

When Mel and Sue announced they were stepping down as presenters of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ after it was poached by Channel 4, everyone immediately began speculating about who would replace them.

But despite dozens of names being bandied about left, right and centre, no one (and we mean NO ONE) guessed the curve ball coupling of Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

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Team 'Bake Off': (l-r) Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith

But TV’s newest - and unlikeliest - double act have their own unique take on why they work so well together.

“Well I think there’s a lot of suppressed sexual frisson,” jokes Sandi.

Noel also has his own theory on why it’s all gelled so well with his new comedy sparring partner.

“It’s like Doctor Who and the dizzy assistant. When we did our camera test we made love straight away,” he joked. “Comedically,” he quickly adds.

“It was moist and messy,” Sandi quips.

Yep, if anyone had any doubts that the much-loved ‘Bake Off’ innuendos weren’t going to be part of the show on Channel 4, we think the new hosts have just put an end to that.

Noel also revealed that it was a bit of a dream to work with Sandi.

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He explains: “I’d been a big fan of Sandi’s for ages but you never know if you’re going to clash or if you’ll work together. But it just worked straight away and I was really shocked.”

“We have that rapport,” Sandi adds. “It’s like when somebody who plays tennis to the same standard as you and they keep batting the ball back and you think ’wow, I better play tennis, the ball keeps coming back.”

And Noel was full of praise for his co-host, admitting Sandi is “the quickest comedian I’ve ever worked with”

The pair’s chemistry is undeniable, but they’re both quick to point out that the show isn’t about them.

It’s about the [bakers],” Noel insists. “So you’re there to try and get the best out of them and be friends with them and just try and support the show and make it work. I have a big respect for the show and just wanted to slot in.”

Sandi agrees: “It’s absolutely about them and their stories. All we tried to do was to facilitate that.”

Noel adds: “The magic’s there. When you get in the tent you literally get sucked in, you can’t help it. It is quite a magical show.”

‘The Great British Bake Off’ airs every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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