4 beats 1 to Bake Off
viewers worry adverts will be a show stopper when cookery competition switches channels
The Great British
Bake Off is moving to C4 next year, after the BBC was outbid for the rights to broadcast the programme, which was the most-watched series of 2015.
TV Times Facebook users were largely negative about the news and the broadcaster’s announcement that it planned to start with a celebrity charity version failed to reassure them. The main concern was that adverts would ruin the enjoyment of the show, which began on BBC2 in 2010. One Facebook user summed up the consensus: ‘It will be all adverts and never be the same.’
A few, however, struck a more positive tone: ‘I don’t think it matters what channel Bake Off goes to,’ said one.
At the time of going to press hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins had already ruled themselves out of the C4 lineup, raising speculation that Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry could also quit the show.
C4 will be keen to maintain Bake Off’s huge audience figures – the first episode of this series drew 10 million viewers – but can it rise to the challenge or will it crumble under the weight of expectation?
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