FANS of The Great British Bake Off - which stars Herefordshire's Saku Chandrasekara - will have to wait a bit longer to see the next episode as it's been rescheduled this week.

The hit Channel 4 show is usually shown at 8pm on a Tuesday night; however, it will instead be on tomorrow (Wednesday) to accommodate the England versus Italy football match.

That is because Channel 4 holds the broadcasting rights for the Three Lions' European qualifiers.


Last week, Mrs Chandrasekara won the technical challenge in bread week. 

The 50-year-old intelligence analyst, who works for Herefordshire Council, caught the eye of judge Paul Hollywood with her Devonshire split bun with jam and cream inside. 

"The bun itself was excellent, you've got a nice tension in there and the flavour in the mouth was good," he said.

"I think you did really well."


Mrs Chandrasekara was born in Sri Lanka, and places the traditional flavours of her heritage at the heart of her baking. This includes the curry spices, which she claims make for the best pie fillings, while liberal sprinklings of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg find their way into her sweeter bakes.

At her family home in the South Asian country, Mrs Chandrasekara didn’t have an oven until she was 18, so she turned to baking only when she moved with her husband to the UK in 2003.

She continued when she became a mother - rustling up treats for her children’s lunchboxes by replicating the snacks she saw in the supermarket. Self-taught, Saku is now a dab hand with a whisk and relishes using her homegrown ingredients from her pride and joy – her vegetable patch.

Week four of The Great British Bake Off - chocolate week - will be shown on Channel 4 at 8pm on Wednesday, October 18.