Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have heard that The Great British Bake Off will soon return to our screens in an almost unrecognisable state. The BBC lost the contract to broadcast Bake Off last year with the show’s makers Love Productions signing a three year deal with Channel 4.
Judge Paul Hollywood has moved with the show and will be joined in the tent by renowned Food Writer Prue Leith taking the reigns from Mary Berry, after she and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins decided not to move with the show. The duo will be replaced by the somewhat odd coupling of comedians Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.
Fielding is best known for his roles in comedies such as the IT Crowd and Never Mind the Buzzcocks but hosting a family friendly show like Bake Off, harmless innuendos aside, will prove to be an interesting challenge for the flamboyant rocker.
Taking up the presenter role with Fielding is Sandi Toksvig OBE, a TV presenting veteran with a wealth of experience fronting quiz shows such as QI and Fifteen-To-One as well as Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She is expected to bring her bubbly humor and plenty of sarcasm to the table, filling the gap left by Marmite-like character Perkins.
Hollywood and Leith have set 30 challenges for the final 12 amateur bakers, who will get ready to crumble over 10 episodes. The Channel 4 TV listings reveal a sneak peek of what to expect in episode one, saying that “The Bake Off begins with cake week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge. Next, Prue sets her first technical – a children’s tea party favourite – and everyone is out to impress the new judge.”
“And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: an illusion cake. Creating these mind-blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit. Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers – and their cakes – are made of.”
The show will debut on Channel 4 on Tuesday 29th August at 8pm. For more information visit www.thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk.