Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Nicola Coughlan, Jamie-Lee O’Donnell, Dylan Llewellyn and Siobhan McSweeney all appear in the Channel 4 comedy – based in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. They attempted to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with an alcohol-laced trifle for their signature challenge. But a few of them tucked into the booze early as they whipped up sponges, jelly and custard.
Prue told Dylan, 27, the layers of his Bakewell trifle are “a bit casual”, while she branded Saoirse-Monica’s effort “a bit messy and smeary”.
Paul told Siobhan her trifle “looks like an aquarium,” while Prue added: “It does look like slime.”
For the showstopper, the contestants had to make a two-tiered cake based on their favourite decade.
Dylan crafted a 60s camper van using lemon cake, while Jamie-Lee, 28, fashioned the plane Amelia Earhart landed in Londonderry in the 1930s out of coconut cream cake.
Nicola, 32, prepared a bowler inspired by 1930s film Berlin, while Saoirse-Monica, 26, made a 1960s peace and love lemon and blueberry cake.
Siobhan, whose chocolate raspberry cake was in memory of family camping trips to Cork in the 1980s, later joked: “I’ve basically ruined the memory of my mother and father.”
After the final challenge Nicola said: “I am a broken woman,” while Saoirse-Monica added: “I don’t think it could have gone any worse.”