We're into the third week of baking already, and down two bakers from our original thirteen. This week, it's all about indulging the sweet tooth with desserts being the focus of the Bake Off tent. I know there will be trifle, but what else? Here's the BBC's blurb: "Mary and Paul are upping the ante. Having survived cake and bread, this is the first week we see the bakers having to multi-task across several different baking skills at the same time."
Fresh from the introduction of our baker's dozen of candidates last week, we're moving on to a new week of challenges. This time it's all about bread - Paul Hollywood's speciality. Twelve contestants remain in the competition, and hopefully they can get through this session of baking without too much in the way of injury - last week was all about those sticky blue plasters. So, get those aprons on (or perhaps not if you're just watching from the sofa), it's time to bake!
It's that time again, time for the marquee to go up, the ovens to go on and the delicious looking bakes to take shape! The Great British Bake Off (#gbbo) has captured the hearts and minds of the country and beyond, with amateur bakers creating ever-more incredible feats of ingredient engineering to wow the judges - stern but honest Paul Hollywood and strict but lovely Mary Berry. We're at the start of a brand new series, and it looks like there are cakes on the menu.
I'm still torn over whether this TV show should even exist, but as it does and as I can't wait to find out who will be Doc 12, I'm inviting you all to join as BBC One host the big reveal. This is a half hour show presented by Zoe Ball, with interviews from the Doctor Who greats and the announcement of the next Doctor. We know that Clara will continue after Matt Smith's tenure ends, but who will be the name in the frame to make the next great partnership?
It's been a week of shocks at SW19, with plenty of big names dropping out - either due to poor performance, injury, or a little bit of both. The ladies' draw has a path mostly open for Serena Williams to take another trophy, whilst the men's looks set for a highlight match between Djokovic and Murray, as the other top seeds keep falling by the way side. For British fans, we have two players into the second week, with stat-fans pointing out it's the first time since 1998.
It's time for the highlight of the grass season in tennis, with the historic and memorable Wimbledon tournament set for another two week run. With the British weather continuing its crazy patterns this year, we may see a lot of roof action allowing play on Centre Court to go on unhindered. Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be out on court trying to defend their championships, whilst Maria Sharapova hopes to end her rival's successful run, and Andy Murray hopes to take some plaudits in the much-cherished UK tournament. This first week is all about shock results, easy paths through the order, and lots and lots of matches. Enjoy!
The clay court competition heats up this week as the great and good of the tennis world descend upon Roland Garros to fight it out for supremacy on the orange surface. This is the second Grand Slam of 2013, and it's all to play for. Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are the defending champions from 2012, but there are plenty who could challenge them for the trophy. We've got two weeks of this terrific tennis tournament awaiting us, and it should be great!
And so it all comes down to this. The final episode of Series Seven, the one that has to tide us over until the 50th anniversary celebrations later in the year. This is the one where we are supposed to learn of the mystery of Clara, and, perhaps, the Doctor's name? As ever, here's the official BBC blurb: "The Doctor has a secret he will take to his grave. And it is discovered..."
The Cybermen are back! Those terrifying, soul-destroying silver machines are returning to our screens, and if the title is anything to go by, they're not here to make any friends. The official BBC blurb says: "Hedgewick's World of Wonders: the perfect theme park day out. And ground zero for a deadly silver resurrection." Can't wait to see the futuristic theme park, should be fascinating!
The BBC blurb for this episode reads: "Something ghastly is afoot in Victorian Yorkshire, as bodies are found with their skin a waxy, glowing red." Sounds terrifying, but I am more intrigued by the vision of Clara in Victorian garb again. Will the mystery of Clara take any steps forward this week? Plus, this episode we get to see the brilliant Strax again, with his disdain for humans and lack of social etiquette. It should be a good one.
We've had ghost hunting, submarine warfare, and trips to the depths of outer space, but now things are turning in on themselves, as the TARDIS takes centre stage. Not since we saw the heart of the police box personified has the TARDIS played such a central role, but here's the BBC's official blurb: "The TARDIS has crashed, Clara is lost inside, and the Doctor has 30 minutes before his ship explodes!" Sounds exciting!
We've had spiritual and we've had political, now it seems the Doctor is heading straight into the spooky, as he and Clara look for ghosts. There's a guest star or two in this one, with the marvellously smooth Dougray Scott and fresh from midwifery Jessica Raine. Neil Cross brought us the Rings of Akhaten and he's back already for another bite of the Doctor Who cherry. The BBC's official blurb: "Something terrifying is hiding in Caliburn House, and the Doctor finds himself part of the ghost hunt."
There's a bit of hype surrounding this episode as it sees the return of the Ice Warriers, one of writer Mark Gatiss' favourite Doctor Who villains. I'll be honest, I haven't seen them in action, but I was excited to see the submarine regardless. The pressure underwater is ramped up, so throw in a manic Doctor and who knows what will happen! The official BBC blurb says: "On a Russian submarine in 1983, a frozen alien warrior is waking up, just as the TARDIS materialises." Excellent timing, Doctor.
We were granted a brief preview glimpse of this episode and it looked very different to the earth-bound fun and games we've had of late. Rather than set in London/Cardiff, the action moves to... well, outer space! Beautiful colours and a heck of a lot of computer-generated imagery. The BBC's explanation informs: "The Doctor takes Clara to the Festival of Offerings, but the Old God is waking and demands sacrifice!"
It's Easter and that can mean only one thing - the traditional battle for supremacy on the River Thames between Oxford and Cambridge. Witness the incredible rowing skills of these top but amateur athletes as they put their heart and soul into one emotional day each year. There's no second place, it is winning or losing, and both teams want to be victorious more than anything. The race itself is just fifteen or so minutes, but what an exciting quarter of an hour!
It's time for the second half of this series of Doctor Who to begin, and our first visit to the world of the Doctor since Christmas. New companion Clara is bringing her own mystery, and plenty of attitude, as she joins everyone's favourite time-universe-and-globe-trotter in his adventures. The BBC blurb simply says: "The search for Clara brings the Doctor to London, 2013, where something deadly is waiting in the Wi-Fi." The Doctor, a new companion and a bit of internet talk too!
It all comes down to this, the big one, the final. The track designers have done some epic work, creating a challenging course that includes the sport's first ever corkscrew - dropping ten metres and turning 360 degrees. It's crazy. With Kyle Croxall taking an early lead in the standings but recent stumbles allowing American Cameron Naasz to take over the top spot, there is everything to skate for in this final of five fantastic events this year.
The last Crashed Event was different - an indoor track, supremely short and fast - and we saw a lot of the top names going out early, allowing some new faces through to the fore. In Lausanne, it looks like we are back to the norm, a longer track that looks like one of the hardest we have seen so far. The Croxall brothers are likely to be back on form, whilst keep an eye on the motivated Derek Wedge as he tries to repeat his victory.
The Crashed Ice phenomenon is back on our screens in super quick time and with a unique challenge in store. For the first time, the event heads indoors to the SnowWorld course in the Netherlands. Already it has thrown up some surprises in terms of who has made it through to the finals and who has not. The different style of course has been hard for some to adapt to, so this should be one not to miss!
Crashed Ice is back for the second of five outings in this 2012/13 championship. We're not hugely confident on the start time, but when it does get going, it's going to be some fast and furious downhill ice action, with the names we are growing to love once more battling it out for supremacy on skates. Kyle Croxall, defending Crashed Ice champion, was victorious at the last round at Niagara Falls, with Cameron Naasz and Kilian Braun following him to the top of the standings. Everything can change at the drop of a skate, though, so stay tuned to find out what happens this evening!