The Great British Bake Off is like an institution – very passionately protected by its loving and loyal public, puns and all. So when it moved to Channel 4, nobody was quite sure if it would rise to the occasion.
Favourites Mary Berry, Mel and Sue were replaced by Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig and meddling with the proven line-up was a gamble.
Luckily for Paul Hollywood and his new team, the heat is off for now as ratings seem to have hit record numbers for the channel.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, said: “Bake Off has well and truly landed on Channel 4 with episode one delivering the highest number of young viewers for any show on any channel this year.
“I’m thrilled viewers have warmed to Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi and are enjoying the exceptional standard of baking.”
I must admit, I did love Mary, Mel and Sue, so I wasn’t convinced about the change, but the new show has hooked me in already.
I mean, what’s not to like about watching contestants snap over a disastrous fortune cookie or topple over the edge when their biscuit building collapses. Who doesn’t like to hear about soggy bottoms or wonder who’s going to get the Hollywood handshake?
At the end of the day, it’s refreshing to have some good wholesome (apart from a few cheeky innuendos!) family viewing that inspires us to get cooking – whatever channel it’s on.