The judge is travelling Europe in a vast array of vehicles alongside a number of well-known companions, admitting it is “his character” that comes out more than ever as he makes his way through Italy, Germany and France.
Three-part series Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip is his “dream job” after six years judging all manner of cakes on the former BBC favourite, the 51-year-old revealed.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Paul said he wanted to “get going” as soon as the programme was pitched to him.
“For me, I had the best time ever with the crew,” Paul commented: “It was just the dream job for me. Travelling, places, the cars, the people and I had such a laugh – I think that comes across.”
The presenter continued: “It’s my character that comes out a bit more, it’s definitely me that does that programme and not someone I’m associated with…it’s not necessarily seen on Bake Off.”
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Paul made his way through Italy, Germany and France
It’s my character that comes out a bit more, it’s definitely me that does that programme and not someone I’m associated with…it’s not necessarily seen on Bake Off
When he first mentioned the project to his spouse Alexandra, he claims it was met simply with the rolling eyes emoji.
“I think anybody would be [jealous],” Paul said: “It’s a dream job, and I did manage to drive some special cars with some beautiful backdrops – I never thought a fat baker from the north would get a chance to do something like this!”
Explaining not many people know that racing cars is a hobby of his, the father-of-one said it felt “natural” doing a series of this nature.
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However, not every shoot was plain-sailing. Asked if there were any accidents along the way, Paul went on: “We had a little bit in the Citroën DS when I was going around the Arc de Triumph and it was brutal."
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He continued: “We had a couple of incidents in the Lamborghini going around Rome with Bruno [Tonioli]. He encouraged me to go faster, saying: ‘Paul, come on!’ There was a couple of issues coming into some of the piazzas – you’ve got to read a road there!”
Of course comparisons will be drawn to fellow motoring show, Top Gear, but while Paul thinks it could rival the Matt LeBlanc-fronted offering, he believes this is more about Europeans themselves.
He added: “It’s different. I think it is more about the people and the places, as well as the cars.
“We bring in more culture and the cars are simply the platform that allows me to tell that story.”
Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip launches tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.