Paul Hollywood gave Matt Lucas driving lessons behind-the-scenes on 'Bake Off'

Amy Johnson
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'Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding. (Channel 4)
'Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding. (Channel 4)

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood spent some of his time behind-the-scenes teaching Matt Lucas how to drive while filming the latest series.

According to the baker, neither Lucas nor fellow host Noel Fielding have a driving licence so he dished out some tips with help from a go-kart.

“Neither of the male hosts have actually got a driving licence," he told The Mirror. "So I was trying to teach Matt a few little tricks on the go kart and how to drive it at speed. But it was, it was fun. We need a challenge actually.

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"We need to get a newspaper involved where we end up teaching Noel and Matt how to drive a car. Get a licence for them.”

Paul Hollywood and Matt Lucas (Channel 4)
Paul Hollywood and Matt Lucas (Channel 4)

Hollywood added that their sessions on the go-kart had encouraged Lucas to try and get his licence.

The Bake Off team spent a lot more time with each other this year than on a usual series as they formed a self-contained "biosphere" to be able to shoot the programme amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The cast and crew filmed the series over six weeks, as opposed to the usual 12 or 13, at the Down Hall Country House Hotel and stayed at the property instead of returning home to their families after filming an episode.

All 'Bake Off' cast and crew formed a bubble to film the 2020 series. (Channel 4)
All 'Bake Off' cast and crew formed a bubble to film the 2020 series. (Channel 4)

Lucas has previously detailed how they kept themselves occupied of an evening with a variety of activities.

"I hosted bingo one night, and Prue [Leith] did a flower arranging class, and Paul Hollywood bought his pizza oven and made pizzas for everybody, it was like a holiday camp," he said.

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The launch episode proved to be a ratings smash for Channel 4 as a record 7.9 million people tuned in to watch, marking Channel 4’s biggest broadcast of 2020 to date.

The Great British Bake Off continues Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

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