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31 October 2017

Without spoilers, here’s how Prue Leith spoilt the Great British Bake Off final

(No spoilers in this piece.)

By media mole

You know what it’s like. The heat of the marquee. The dribble of crème pât down the back of your neck. The clock ticking. The puns hanging awkwardly in the tepid air. Paul Hollywood interacting.

The pressure gets to you.

Particularly if you’re Prue Leith, or whoever is in charge of scheduling her tweets. This morning, the Great British Bake Off judge appeared to tweet the winner of tonight’s final – deleted too late not to be screenshotted by a number of keen-eyed showbiz journos.

“No one told me judging a #gbbo final would be so emotional,” said the tweet. “I wanted them all to win. Bravo X.”

Except it didn’t say “X” – it said the contestant’s name.

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As it was sent at 10.37am, your mole assumed that this was actually meant for after the show finishes this evening – perhaps to coincide with the spin-off An Extra Slice that goes out at 10pm.

But Leith has cleared it up in a response to Press Association – it was a timezone issue:

Poor Prue.

Having won the office sweepstake, this mole is in the process of handing in its notice and heading for a burrow in Bel Air. If readers are equally upbeat about the spoiler, they can find out who (probably) won here.