Watching The Great British Bake Off tonight is going to be very, very weird

Bake Off has been battered this week – and not even baking puns can make it better

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Pity this year’s batch of Great British Bakers. After going through tent torture for weeks, keeping their involvement secret for months, this was meant to be the moment when they could celebrate being on the sweetest show on TV.

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Now this. Now Channel 4. Now Mel and Sue.

Together, Channel 4, Love Productions and the BBC have conspired to punch a hole in their perfectly proved series, and chucked in salt where before there was sugar.

Look at the Twitter list for this series’ bakers. In fact, don’t, because you won’t find anything there. The silence from about what’s happened is deafening. It’s as if they don’t know that the show they poured blood, sweat and tiers into is going up in smoke.

And that’s exactly how we’ll all feel tonight, as we watch a pre-recorded, prelapsarian vision of what the BBC has lost.

Inside the tent, nothing will have changed. Mel and Sue’s baking badinage, Paul and Mary’s innocent bickering, one baker sent home and another crowned Star Baker.

But we know better; we know what’s waiting for them all when they file outside, one week closer to the series finale. One week closer to the last ever episode on BBC1.

Batter week better be extra special tonight. After the week we’ve had, this series could be toast.

What time is The Great British Bake Off on TV tonight?

8pm, BBC1. For now.

The Great British Bake Off move to Channel 4: a timeline

Monday night: News breaks that BBC have lost the rights to GBBO after seven series

Even later Monday night: Channel 4 announce they have secured a new deal with creators Love Productions

Tuesday morning: Channel 4 confirm that they would love to keep the existing team, and are adamant that they do not want to mess with the format.

However, viewers are concerned that ad breaks will impact on what appears a quintessentially BBC show

Tuesday afternoon: Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc confirm that they will not be moving with Bake Off to Channel 4, saying they are “not going with the dough”.

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It is confirmed that although Channel 4 have bought the rights to the format, all the presenters and judges’ contracts are negotiated separately.

Meet The Great British Bake Off Class of 2016

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Andrew
Smyth

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Jane
Beedle

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Louise
Williams

 

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Selasi
Gbormittah

 

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Michael
Georgiou

 

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Benjamina
Ebuehi

 

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Candice
Brown

 

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Val
Stones

 

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Lee
Banfield

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Kate
Barmby

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Tom
Gillford
 

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Rav
Bansal