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01 January 2020 22:38

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Derry Girls' Great British Bake Off descends into mayhem on New Year's Day special

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson has defeated her co-stars in a special festive edition of The Great British Bake Off. The actress was joined by castmates Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney for a New Year instalment of the show. She added: "I don't think we have ever had more fun." The group caused chaos in the tent (Love Productions/Channel 4/PA) The TV stars attempted to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with an alcohol-laced sharing trifle for their signature challenge. Jackson, who had never made a cake before taking part in the show, triumphed after winning the duo over with her Irish cream trifle, decorated with green sugar shamrocks, and her 1960s-inspired showstopper cake. I can't believe I won, I'm delighted." Saoirse-Monica Jackson won over the judges (Love Productions/Channel 4/PA) Hollywood praised Jackson for being the "most consistent over the three challenges, adding: "For someone who has never baked before coming into the tent, to do what she has done, fantastic job." Leith added: "I've always said if you can read you can bake, and the Derry Girls proved that today." The group did struggle with a number of their efforts and Leith told Llewellyn the layers of his Bakewell trifle were "a bit casual", while Jackson's was branded "a bit messy and smeary". Hollywood told McSweeney her trifle was "all over the place, it looks like an aquarium", while Leith added: "It does look like slime." Siobhan McSweeney struggled with the challenge (Love Productions/Channel 4/PA) O'Donnell was told her showstopper cake, shaped like the plane Amelia Earhart landed in Derry in the 1930s, was "as tough as old boots" after she mixed up the table spoon and the teaspoon while measuring out the baking powder.

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Meanwhile, Coughlan's bowler hat cake inspired by 1930s Berlin and the film Cabaret was branded "quite musty" and Llewellyn was told his 1960s camper van lemon cake was "nearly inedible". McSweeney made a chocolate raspberry cake in memory of her family camping trips to Cork in the 1980s, which she said looked "so weird". After the final challenge Coughlan said: "I am a broken woman." Jackson said: "I don't think it could have gone any worse." The cast of Derry Girls returns to Channel 4 tonight (January 1) in a special episode of The Great British Bake Off. The likes of Saoirse-Monica Jackson and Jamie-Lee O'Donnell will be put through their paces in the famous GBBO tent while under the scrutiny of Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. However, this isn't the only time the Derry Girls cast will be on-screen this year as they return for season three of the BAFTA -nominated series. Derry Girls season 2: Did band Take That really perform in Belfast?

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When is Derry Girls season 3 released on Channel 4? Channel 4 wasted no time in renewing Derry Girls in 2019 after season two had aired. In the same week as the season two finale, Ian Katz, Director of Programmes at Channel 4, said: "At a time of great uncertainty about the future of the country thank God we have one unequivocally good piece of news to look forward to, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney are jokingly branded "five of the most troublesome people we have ever had in the tent" by host Sandi Toksvig, who adds: "But I don't think we have ever had more fun." The Derry Girls are back on your TV and as calamitous as ever, but with ever so slightly more cake. The Great Festive Bake Off, New Year's Day at 7.40pm on @Channel4. #GBBO pic.twitter.com/wWAbwKFgvr — British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) December 30, 2019 Leith tells Llewellyn the layers of his bakewell trifle are "a bit casual", while she brands Jackson's "a bit messy and smeary".

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Hollywood tells McSweeney her trifle is "all over the place, it looks like an aquarium," while Leith adds: "It does look like slime." Llewellyn crafts a 1960s camper van made out of lemon cake, while O'Donnell fashions the plane Amelia Earhart landed in Derry in the 1930s out of coconut cream cake. We're back on New Year's Day at 7.40pm for The Great Festive Bake Off with some legendary Girls from Derry! #GBBO pic.twitter.com/0OVNhubs6q — British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) December 25, 2019 After the final challenge Coughlan says: "I am a broken woman," while Jackson says: "I don't think it could have gone any worse." The cast of Channel 4 comedy Derry Girls cause merry mayhem when they take over the tent for a festive edition of The Great British Bake Off. Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney are jokingly branded "five of the most troublesome people we have ever had in the tent" by host Sandi Toksvig, who adds: "But I don't think we have ever had more fun." The TV stars must attempt to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with an alcohol-laced sharing trifle for their signature challenge, which sees a few of them tucking into booze as they whip up sponges, jelly and custard. Leith tells Llewellyn the layers of his bakewell trifle are "a bit casual", while she brands Jackson's "a bit messy and smeary". Hollywood tells McSweeney her trifle is "all over the place, it looks like an aquarium," while Leith adds: "It does look like slime." Llewellyn crafts a 1960s camper van made out of lemon cake, while O'Donnell fashions the plane Amelia Earhart landed in Derry in the 1930s out of coconut cream cake.

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Coughlan prepares a bowler hat inspired by 1930s Berlin and the film Cabaret out of chocolate cake, while Jackson makes a 1960s peace and love lemon and blueberry cake - admitting she had never made a cake before taking part in the show. Meanwhile, McSweeney makes a chocolate raspberry cake in memory of her family camping trips to Cork in the 1980s. After the final challenge Coughlan says: "I am a broken woman," while Jackson says: "I don't think it could have gone any worse." The Great Festive Bake Off is on Channel 4 at 7.40pm Tonight sees the cast of 'Derry Girls' try to impress the judges of the 'Great British Bake Off.' Jamie-Lee O'Donnell, Nicola Coughlan, Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Siobhan McSweeney and Dylan Llewelyn have taken part in a festive episode of the hit Channel 4 show which will be aired on New Year's Day. They left quite an impression on judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, however not necessarily for their baking skills. Both Prue and Paul said the cast are better at comedy than they are at baking and that they were 'very entertaining and noisy'. In tribute to the Derry-based comedy show, the judges and hosts of the 'Festive Bake Off' don schoolgirl and nuns outfits for the intro.

'Festive Bake Off' is on Channel 4 on tonight (January 1) at 7:40pm.