There’s been much doom and gloom surrounding the news that The Great British Bake Off is moving to Channel 4, minus the key ingredients of judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel and Sue.
But Nadiya Hussain, arguably the show’s most popular and well known winner, says she hopes it continues to be a success in its new home.
“Change happens, change comes and wherever it goes, whatever it does, I just want it to do well,” said Nadiya. “Because it’s something that I’ve spent the last six years watching and I want it to do well wherever it goes.”
“I’m all about change,” she told BBC Breakfast. “It’s gone somewhere else, it has, and I don’t think we like change sometimes, as humans, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with [the move]. Hopefully it will work somewhere else.”
However, when asked whether the show would work without departing presenters Mel and Sue, Nadiya admitted the pair were integral to Bake Off’s feel-good success.
“Paul and Mary, they’re the judges, but you don’t really see them that much, you don’t really get that interaction, but Mel and Sue are so important to the show,” she said. “When I was there, every time I was falling apart, every time I was thinking ‘Why am I here? I can’t do this’, they would say ‘It’s just cake, come on, you can do this’.”
Channel 4’s Bake Off team will include Paul Hollywood – who is moving from the BBC with Nadiya’s support – but is otherwise yet to take shape. When asked if she would like to be involved in the new series, the former contestant was non-committal, saying she was had been enjoying working on her new cookbooks.
“I’m happy doing what I’m doing actually – I’ve written these books, I love writing, love cooking, love baking, I’m really enjoying what I’m doing and I don’t want that to be taken away from me. I’m having such a good time at the moment.”