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MasterChef (BBC1, 8pm) is back! Sixty-four amateur cooks, 16 contestants a week, 100 weeks of your life, and two new presenters … Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. Joke! The BBC (flag)ship is still being steered through charted waters by increasingly svelte pudding-king Gregg Wallace and John Torode who, 13 series in, appears to be phoning in his judging. “We’ve done something very special this year,” he says, a quarter-smile playing across his jowls. Wow! You’ve brought in Nigella? You’re starting a campaign to shame celebrity chefs into giving staff their share of service charges? Erm, no. “We’ve built you a market.”
Actually, the market is lovely, like a very small Whole Foods Market. I got quite excited about all the hessian sacks filled with pulses, »
- Chitra Ramaswamy
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New lineup will be a hit on Channel 4 precisely because it’s different from what audiences know, analysts say
It’s been referred to as “the stuff that LSD trips are made of”, but analysts believe the new lineup of The Great British Bake Off will be a hit when it launches on Channel 4 precisely because it’s different from the show audiences have grown accustomed to.
On Thursday, the comedian Noel Fielding, best known for The Mighty Boosh, and Sandi Toksvig, the Qi host, were announced as the replacements for hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who left Gbbo after its move from the BBC.
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- Nadia Khomami
The Great British Bake Off, the hit UK show which last year moved from the BBC to Channel 4 after seven seasons, has announced the recipe for its new show. Brit baker and Gbbo stalwart Paul Hollywood will now be joined by cook Prue Leith, who will replace much-loved Mary Berry in the new show. Meanwhile, offbeat comedian and actor Noel Fielding, who's known for his role in The Mighty Boosh, will host the show alongside Danish-British comedian and presenter Sandi… »
When cooking, it is normally thought advisable to follow the recipe as closely as possible. Love Productions, in remaking The Great British Bake Off for Channel 4, has observed this principle by sticking as strictly as it can to the proven list of ingredients.
In terms of generation and reputation, Prue Leith is about as near to a like-for-like Mary Berry replacement as it would be possible to find, although her slightly spikier style suggests that she and Paul Hollywood will be more of a spice-and-spice combination than his salt-and-sugar double-act with Berry.
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- Mark Lawson
Britain’s most-watched show, “The Great British Bake Off,” has revealed its line-up of hosts and judges as it prepares to launch on its new channel, Channel 4, which outbid the BBC for the U.K. rights to the cooking series last year.
Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith will be joining Paul Hollywood as judge on the show, which will be hosted by comedian-writer Sandi Toksvig, and comedian-actor Noel Fielding. Twelve amateur bakers will compete in the eighth season of the show.
On the BBC version of the show, which ended its run in October with a record 14 million viewers, Hollywood was a judge alongside Mary Berry. The hosts were Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Berry, Giedroyc and Perkins reportedly opted to leave the show.
Channel 4 chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: “Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch »
- Leo Barraclough
The comedian Noel Fielding, best known for The Mighty Boosh, and Sandi Toksvig, the panel show stalwart and Qi host, have been announced as the replacements for Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who left the show after its move from the BBC.
Related: Channel 4 sticks to the Bake Off recipe
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- Alice Ross
“The first track on the album, ‘Bellbottoms,’ which is a fantastic rock track, I just listened to that song over and over again,” said Wright at a Q&A during the 2017 SXSW Film Festival. “I don’t know what it was, but I just thought that would make a great car chase song.”
Wright laid in his bedroom listening to the song on repeat, visualizing a car chase set to “Bellbottoms.” He also started coming up with the idea of a character: a getaway driver for a bank heist, who cannot do his job properly without the right music playing.
That core idea is the premise of Wright’s new film, »
- Chris O'Falt
Exclusive: Blonde To Black Pictures to produce UK drama about mental illness and young carers.
The feature, which will chart the challenging relationship between a teenage daughter, her bed-ridden mother (Morton) and her wayward younger brother, will touch on themes of mental illness, young carers and child abuse.
Sadie Frost, Emma Comley and Andrew Green will produce for Blonde To Black Pictures, whose 2015 feature Set The Thames On Fire starred Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips. Also producing are Mat Wakeham and Michael Wiggs.
Des Hamilton is casting the drama, which was developed with Creative England and will be funded through an Eis scheme arranged »
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Emma Thompson is set to play Queen Elizabeth I in BBC Two's Upstart Crow. The Brit actress will play the famous royal in the comedy's Christmas special, which is now filming and set to air later this year. The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding will also join the cast to play Thomas Morley in one of the episodes. The program, which started as a highlight of the BBC's Shakespeare festival last year, follows the quest of William Shakespeare, played by David Mitchell, and his… »
Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017
Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.
Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year. »
Louisa Mellor Feb 13, 2017
Update: You can now apply to be a contestant on the new series of The Crystal Maze. You'll need a team of five people, and all the details you need are here.
The series was commissioned following the overwhelmingly positive response to last year's Stand Up To Cancer celebrity edition (and no doubt, the ongoing success of the ace Crystal Maze Experience in London and soon, Manchester).
Presenting this time around will be new Maze Master Richard Ayoade, »
12 items from 2017
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