Bake Off. Is. Back. On Channel 4. With two new presenters. And a new judge. And adverts. So what did everyone think?
Did replacing Mel, Sue and Mary Berry with Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith mean the end of the unbeatable cooking show recipe? Had the biggest programme on British TV crumbled under the pressure?
In a word, no: overall the audience was smitten with the return of Bake Off, whatever the channel.
I forgot how ridiculously happen #GBBO makes me, sitting here with a huge grin on my face, I'm so happy it's back ❤?
— Louis Michael (@Louisxmichael) August 29, 2017
— Stacey (@stacey_k1992) August 29, 2017
First off: the hosts. Many initially found it jarring to see Mighty Boosh man Noel Fielding in the mix…
— Zee (@mzihao) August 30, 2017
Noel Fielding on #GBBO is like seeing your mate who's always off their head at their day job at the bank trying to act professional.
— Jonathan Guy (@JonnySomething) August 29, 2017
…but the comedian, and his co-host Toksvig, soon won viewers over, especially with their quips about ‘fruity conclusions’ and ‘bare bottoms’.
— TheCatIsBack (@BackIsCat) August 29, 2017
— Karim. (@Karim_XIV) August 29, 2017
Noel and Sandi > Mel and Sue #GBBO
— Craig Bolger (@CraigBolger) August 29, 2017
And Fielding became the highlight of the show for many…
Noel on #GBBO is like watching a mate who lied about everything on their CV trying to act like they know what they're doing, but I love it.
— ✨caitríona✨ (@utterlyshook) August 29, 2017
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) August 29, 2017
Well I thought Noel was smashing #GBBO
— Kate Bottley (@revkatebottley) August 29, 2017
So, what about new judge Prue Leith? The new queen of the Bake Off tent also gained the public’s support.
Prue: Was that ok guys?
British Public: That'll do Prue. That'll do#gbbo
— Lee Benecke (@leebenecke) August 29, 2017
Although some people couldn’t forget Mary Berry that easily…
— Peter Reid (@Rosspeter123) August 29, 2017
— Hannah Nevin (@hanchilada) August 29, 2017
And then there was Paul Hollywood. The original member of the Bake Off line-up was back in action and friendlier than ever, dishing out TWO handshakes in the first episode. TWO!
— ashleigh (@cxroldxnvers) August 29, 2017
— Mandy (@MandyKaB) August 29, 2017
— Heidi ? (@littlelattelib) August 29, 2017
But there was a good reason: the bakes for cake week were a cut above anything we’ve seen from the competition’s first stage. Just look at these illusion cakes…
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) August 29, 2017
— Laura (@laurawinspeare) August 29, 2017
— James Phelps (@James_Phelps) August 29, 2017
However, there was one ingredient in Channel 4’s recipe that didn’t go down well with some viewers…
— Matt Bentley (@JustMattBentley) August 29, 2017
— #ShadyRomanSisWife (@ItsASheThIngTV) August 29, 2017
— Natalie Butler (@NatalieButkins) August 29, 2017
— Jill Lee ?? (@jill_lee93) August 29, 2017
And there were even two new sponsors for the show…
— daisy has no friends (@destinesiia) August 30, 2017
Although some viewers saw the benefits of the breaks…
— Andy Amphlett (@AmphlettAndrew) August 30, 2017
I was pretty sad when the #gbbo left the BBC but have to say-I'm over it, don't even mind the ads-they provide tea making opportunities!
— Liz Bessant (@lizbessant) August 29, 2017
So, in summary:
— Marcus ?️? (@Marcus_Gomezz) August 29, 2017
The Great British Bake Off continues 8pm next Tuesday, C4