23/09/2020 08:38 BST | Updated 23/09/2020 16:42 BST

Matt Lucas' Great British Bake Off Debut Was Deliciously Silly

The Little Britain star was an instant hit with viewers of the Channel 4 baking competition.

The Great British Bake Off finally returned to our screens on Tuesday night, and there was a new face in that famous tent.

Matt Lucas has joined Noel Fielding on the Bake Off presenting team following Sandi Toksvig’s departure - and needless to say, there were japes a plenty from the Little Britain star.

As well as mocking Boris Johnson before the show had even properly started, Matt delivered plenty of memorable gags that went down a (sweet) treat with viewers.

Here are some of the highlights…

On fluffing his debut

As Matt and co-host Noel went to kick off the signature challenge, he shouted “Bake!” at the wrong time – first too early, and then too late. 

On his eating habits

Speaking to one contestant, Matt admitted: “I have the eating age of a nine-year-old. I just eat Super Noodles.

“You know they are called Batchelors Super Noodles? Because I am homosexual I call them Confirmed Batchelors Super Noodles.”

On the show’s high stakes

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As the technical challenge came to a close, Noel announced: “Bakers, you only have got half an hour left.”

Matt replied: “We don’t mean half an hour to live, we just mean half an hour to the end of the challenge, so don’t panic too much.”

Noel then added: “One of you has got half an hour to live…”

On a bubble gum-flavoured cake

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Loriea, a diagnostic radiographer from Durham, delivered a bubble gum Battenberg during the signature challenge, but failed to impress the judges.

Matt told her: “I do rather like it. When I have my ninth birthday party can you cook for me please?”

On the episode’s dropped cakes

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The technical challenge saw the bakers asked to craft six miniature upside-down pineapple cakes.

As they delivered their creations to the judges, Sura swung her arm to hit a fly and knocked Dave, causing four of his six cakes to fly across the room.

Matt quipped: “It’s my fault because I was looking at you when it happened. And you were probably hypnotised by my beauty.”

This year’s series opener notched up Bake Off’s biggest overnight launch audience since its move to Channel 4, the broadcaster said, averaging 6.9 million viewers and peaking at 7.9 million.

The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.