Televisions favourite goth Noel Fielding is set to return to our screens tonight for the brand new series of Great British Bake Off.
The beloved 48-year-old presenter will be reuniting with Matt Lucas, Paul Hollywood, and Prue Leith as 12 bakers aim to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Peter Sawkins and take home the coveted title.
But that’s not all, as besides fronting the most wholesome show in the country, Noel will be reprising his role of team captain in the Never Mind The Buzzcocks reboot too, which is launching this evening.
Not sure what Noel got up to before being a shoulder to cry on for stressed bakers and delivering life-affirming pep talks?
Let’s take a look back at his career in all its gothy glory.
Noel’s television career kicked off in 2004 with his surreal comedy series The Mighty Boosh, which was developed from a stage show and a six-episode radio series.
He co-created the trippy and flamboyant show and starred in it as King of the Mods Vince Noir alongside Julian Barratt, who played Howard Moon.
It ran for three series, with the last episodes airing in 2007.
Some years later, Noel expressed regret at not getting around to making a Mighty Boosh film.
‘We talk about it, and we are talking about it,’ he told the Guardian in 2015. ‘The trouble is the older you get it’s hard to find time to make a film: it’s a year to write, a year to get money, a year to make it, a year to edit. It’s four years of your life.’
Noel teased a possible Boosh reunion last year, writing on Instagram: ‘There really wasn’t enough Boosh this decade! Let’s try and rectify that in the next one ;)’
Noel’s second major television role was in The IT Crowd, which first aired in 2006.
Starring alongside Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade, the comedian played reclusive, goth-styled IT technician Richmond Avenal.
Richmond appeared in the first two seasons, before returning for the final series as well as the 2013 special.
He was initially banished into a tiny storeroom behind the office, however, eventually returned to his original job thanks to the help of Jen (Katherine Parkinson)
Big Fat Quiz Of The Year
Noel has made a number of appearances on Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz of the year, first joining the panel with Russell Brand in 2007 and returning again the following Christmas.
He participated again in 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019, with his IT Crowd co-star Richard Ayoade.
Great British Bake Off
Great British Bake Off came calling for Noel in 2017, when it was announced he would be co-hosting the show with Sandi Toksvig following its move from the BBC to Channel 4.
Sandi departed the programme two years later, with Matt Lucas joining the programme in 2020 alongside Noel.
The pair make for a fun duo, offering the bakers moments of light relief during the somewhat tense challenges.
Last year, finalist Laura Adlington revealed Noel was ‘always getting told off,’ telling Metro.co.uk he would create mischief during the technical rounds.
‘He used to play a game where he’d steal the pictures of the bakers and he’d swap them around just for a laugh,’ Laura shared.
‘The producers would then have to watch the footage back to see whose was whose so the judges couldn’t give us the wrong feedback.’
She chuckled: ‘He’s so funny, he’s like a big kid really. He was always getting told off by producers. They’d say things like, “Hurry up, slow down, get off the fridge, get out the fridge.” He would just mess about all the time.’
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Sky is reviving Never Mind The Buzzcocks, with former team captain Noel back in the gang.
Noel originally served as captain for six years in 2009 to 2015 and went head to head with Phill Jupitus, having previously filled in for Bill Bailey.
The programme delivered some of the most iconic moments in British television over its 27 original series, from tantrums and walk-outs to music icons slagging off their rival.
The Buzzcocks return was announced in July, nearly seven after the music-themed panel show last aired, and the new series launches tonight.
Noel will be joined by new team captain Daisy May Cooper, with Jamali Maddix serving as a regular guest and the Taskmaster himself Greg Davies as host.