4 beats 1 to Bake Off

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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?

Mel and sue have ruled them­selves out of the new mix – will Mary and paul make it a full batch?

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