We were dubious when the Great British Bake Off moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and lost Mary Berry, but we have to say we're pleasantly surprised by the new series.
On the odd chance you haven't seen the show, the baking competition sees 12 amateur bakers go through three intense rounds to create marvellous baked treats in an attempt to impress the judges and get ‘Star Baker’ for the week.
The three rounds include the signature bake, the technical challenge and the showstopper (our favourite). There are many reasons that we’re so excited that it’s back on our screens but we’ve narrowed them down to four.
- Noel Fielding’s shirts. His quirky colourful shirts really do brighten up the atmosphere when things seem a little gloomy in the Bake Off tent. Noel’s eccentric personality is very likeable, he sure is our Mad Hatter to the tea party.
- Glorious bakes. Biscuits, cakes, pastries, tarts - the stunning creations are a pleasure to our eyes and although we want to reach out into our screens and grab a sweet treat so, we can scoff it down at least we can watch it guilt-free without having gaining calories.
- Cheeky Innuendos. There are some comments that can be quite naughty, it sure adds some spice into the mixture and gives us a little giggle.
- Inspiration. After just watching one episode, it makes us want to get out our baking gear and put our biscuit making skills to the test. Although it sometimes doesn’t go to plan, we can still put the kettle on, put our feet up and enjoy a nice brew whilst watching the show.
Big changes for the new series of Bake Off
After Paul Hollwood admitted some of the challenges in recent series have been too "complicated" for baking fans watching at home, changes are being made to the new series to "encourage" people to bake.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "This year we have gone back to basics on a couple of challenges because we were getting a bit over-complicated.
"Sometimes it's not just about the bakers in the tent, it's about the people in the UK who watch the programme. We want to encourage the viewers to bake."
The planned changes come after Mary Berry also expressed her concerns over the increasingly complicated tasks on the amateur baking show. When the 83-year-old cook fronted rival show Britain's Best Home Cook last month, she previously explained how the show put a focus on "teaching" viewers how to create meals themselves.
She said: "Bake Off has got quite complicated. It's become very intricate.
"Ours is very much a teaching programme. Everything we do is achievable by people at home."
The idea of Bake Off simplifying challenges comes after reports claiming that Channel 4 are in "secret talks" to renew the show - despite being just one year into a three year deal.
A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "The ink on Channel 4's 'Bake Off' deal has barely dried, but they're not taking any chances of losing it like the BBC did. After airing just one of the three series agreed in 2016, which gave them some of their best ratings ever, securing its future has been a top priority.
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Watch series one to seven all over again
If you're still missing the original bake off set up, fear not. Fans of the early days of The Great British Bake Off will be delighted to hear that the first seven seasons of the popular baking show is now be available to watch on Netflix. Relive all of those famous Bake-Off moments and soggy bottoms with the original presenters, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and presenters Mel and Sue!
- By Sophia Khan
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