Revealed: Why Sue Perkins is missing her first GBBO episode in six years

Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins will not be appearing in Wednesday's episode of the BBC show, producers have confirmed. The TV star was unable to take part in filming in April because of a family bereavement, according to the Telegraph. She later recorded some voiceover material as well as a pre-recorded sequence, and will return in next week’s programme.

It's the first time that Sue, 46, has missed an episode of GBBO since it first began back in 2010.



Sue Perkins missed filming because of the sad death of a relative

A preview of the show sees co-host Mel Giedroyc taking the helm without her onscreen partner by her side. "Welcome to week two in the Bake Off tent," she tells the 11 remaining contestants. "One baker has gone, they're not coming back. Sue is also gone, but she will be back."

A spokeswoman for the show confirmed: "Sue was not able to join the team in the tent this week, but she returns next week."

The 2016 series of GBBO started with a bang last week as 11.2 million people tuned in to see 12 new contestants step into the Bake Off tent for the first time – around one million more viewers than last year's launch show.


The 12 Great British Bake Off 2016 contestants

Jane Beedle was named the first star baker of the series, while Lee Banfield was the first to leave after struggling with his bakes, and coming second from bottom in the Jaffa Cake challenge.

This week it's a biscuit-themed episode, and for a second week running the bakers are struck by a number of mishaps, with several of their showstopper bakes – which feature elaborately constructed structures – collapsing.

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