Great British Bake Off opener pulls in 7.9m viewers

The Great British Bake Off pulled in almost eight million viewers for its opening of the fifth series last night after it moved to a primetime slot on BBC One.

The culinary TV hit, with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, attracted its second highest ever audience, with 7.9 million viewers watching the show at its peak.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry are the judges for the culinary programme. Credit: PA

The first episode of last year's series, which was shown on BBC Two, had an audience of 6.3 million.

Claire Goodwin became the first contestant to leave the competition last night after breaking down over a Swiss roll.

The 31-year-old said: "Getting myself ridiculously worked up about the Swiss roll was my worst moment. Why did I cry about a cake?"