Victoria Pendleton to star in Great Sport Relief Bake Off

Olympian's technical bakes and showstoppers will compete with those of Greg Rutherford and Michael Vaughan

Victoria Pendleton is among 16 celebrities taking part in a special Bake Off series, along with actor Jane Horrocks and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

The hopefuls will be seen in four programmes for BBC2's The Great Sport Relief Bake Off to be screened later this month, with four participating each night.

Cyclist Pendleton's fellow Olympian Greg Rutherford is also in the series along with her 2012 Strictly Come Dancing competitor Michael Vaughan, under the watchful eyes of judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.

Others taking part are Dancing on Ice judge Jason Gardiner, Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young, Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes, singers Michael Ball and Jamelia, actors Doon Mackichan, Samantha Bond and Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, writer and broadcaster Emma Freud, Johnny Vaughan, and Helen Skelton, the former Blue Peter presenter.

Skelton admitted she is "absolutely rubbish at baking". She said: "All my friends and family laugh at anything I do in the kitchen, so I thought this might be a chance to redeem myself. I wished I'd practised more beforehand.

"When they said to me 'you've got to make a pizza', I thought they meant just put the toppings on a pizza – I didn't realise they meant make the dough and everything."

Participants will be tasked with baking signature, technical and showstopper dishes for shows screened over four consecutive evenings from Monday 13 January.

Regular presenter Sue Perkins will be without her usual sidekick Mel Giedroyc, but will be joined by guest hosts Omid Djalili, Ed Byrne and Jo Brand.

The series will also follow Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams as she visits Comic Relief-funded projects in South Africa.

The fundraising Sport Relief weekend takes place from 21 to 23 March with members of the public invited to run, swim or cycle in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Games. Events will be held at the former Olympic venue in east London, now renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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