The season finale of The Great British Bake Off was the third most popular programme on television last year, and Wednesday's highly anticipated final episode of this season may well be the most-watched show of 2015. GBBO's semi-final recorded its highest ratings of the series so far when approximately ten million people tuned in to see 19-year-old Flora Shedden leave the show after her showstopper cocoa carousel failed to win over the judges.
And now, after nine weeks of cakes, bakes, signature challenges and Star Bakers, 30-year-old Nadiya Hussain, trainee anaesthetist Tamal Ray, and travel photographer Ian Cummings will battle it out in the nation’s famous tent for the Bake Off crown.
Wednesday’s final, which will air on BBC1 at 8pm, will see the trio tackle the signature challenge of iced buns, followed by their attempt to master something they have previously struggled with for the technical challenge. The showstopper will see the finalists bake a classic British cake.
We take a look at the finalists…
Mum-of-three Nadiya Hussain, 30, has the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron to win the series and has become something of a heroine in her hometown of Luton. The British-Bangladeshi baker has enjoyed showing that she is "as British as anyone else" despite wearing a hijab. Nadiya didn't have an oven at home until she was a teenager, and started baking with her teacher at school.
Tamal Ray, 29, is currently training as an anaesthetist. The heart-throb of the show grew up in Hertfordshire with parents who moved from India in the 1960s. He works at a hospital in Manchester and was taught to bake by his sister.
Ian Cumming, 42, is a travel photographer who started baking six years ago after deciding that his children should eat fresh bread every day. He lives with his wife and two children in Cambridgeshire and got off to a flying start on the series after getting three Star Baker nods.
Tune in to The Great British Bake Off on BBC1 on Wednesday at 8pm to see Nadiya, Tamal or Ian crowned the 2015 Bake Off Champion.