Next year’s charity special of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ could take on a controversial political dimension, after the news that the Conservative prime minister’s wife Samantha Cameron will be facing off against former Labour shadow chancellor Ed Balls in the Sport Relief edition.

‘The Great Sport Relief Bake Off’, a biennial charity TV event acting as a spin-off from the massively successful annual main series, will last for three days from March 18th-20th next year. It’ll be featuring a total of 16 famous faces in total, though the political pair will be under the most scrutiny.

Samantha CameronSamantha Cameron with husband David Cameron in November 2015

SamCam has previously been known to get involved in charitable events, baking flapjacks, cookies and cupcakes in the Downing Street Kitchen for Comic Relief in 2013, while Ed Balls looks like something of a genius in the kitchen if the picture he posted of his kid’s birthday cake earlier this year is anything to go by.

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Other celebrities taking part are singers Will Young, Eternal’s Louise Redknapp, Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud, and former Spice Girl Geri Horner, along with actors Ade Edmondson, Maddy Hill and Alison Steadman.

Comedians Morgana Robinson and Jason Manford, presenter Victoria Coren-Mitchell, footballers Jermaine Jenas and David James, Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara and BBC world affairs editor John Simpson complete the line-up.

Regular judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will be returning for the four-part special mini-series, with co-presenter Mel Giedroyc to host one of the episodes by herself, as Sue Perkins is unavailable because of schedule clashes. Guest hosts Sarah Millican, Ed Byrne and Jennifer Saunders are to front the other three.

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