THE cast of Channel 4’s award-winning hit show It’s A Sin will be reuniting this Christmas for a seasonal special of The Great British Bake Off.

Swapping the Pink Palace for an equally iconic place, It's A Sin star Olly Alexander, a former Hereford Sixth Form College and Hereford College of Arts student Olly Alexander, will join his some of his fellow cast members in a festive version of the show.

Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis and Shaun Dooley will join Alexander, who is also behind music act Years & Years, in the Bake Off tent to try their hand at some festive-themed bakes.

Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will preside over the hotly contested competition to see who on the cast knows their sieves from their spatulas in the first of two festive episodes airing on Channel 4 over the holiday period.


Celebrating the new year with another special episode is The Great Festive Bake Off.

Four former bakers will return to the tent to go head to head in three seasonal challenges.

Series nine bakers Kim-Joy and Jon and series 11’s Hermine and Rowan will face three favourite festive challenges and find out who tops the tree as Star Baker.

The Great Christmas Bake Off and The Great Festive Bake Off will be on Channel 4 over Christmas, with dates and times to be confirmed.

The drama, which told the story of a group of young friends living in London through the HIV/Aids crisis in the 1980s and its impact on the LGBT community, helped drive All 4 to its best ever month in January 2021.


Channel 4 labelled It's A Sin All 4's "most binged new series ever", with the first episode becoming the streaming service's most popular drama launch on record.

It was also praised for its candid view of the impact of the disease on the young men during the period.

After the show hit the streaming service, Alexander, 31, urged people to get an HIV test as he hailed "amazing progress" since the Aids epidemic during which the hit programme was set.

Alexander, who went to St John's Primary School in Coleford, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Hereford Sixth Form College and Hereford College of Arts, said the experience of portraying Ritchie Tozier in the show alerted him to the "privilege" of the better testing and healthcare available in the present day.