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Channel 4’s ‘Bake Off’ Rises to the Occasion With 30% of U.K. Audience

30 August 2017 2:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Great British Bake Off” put in a strong opening performance in its new home, U.K. broadcaster Channel 4, despite a notable drop in viewing figures from the launch of its final BBC season last year. Overnight figures show that the inaugural episode of the new-look season, which aired at 8 p.m. Tuesday, drew an average of 6.5 million viewers, a 30.4% audience share in its time slot. Peak viewing reached 7.7 million with a 34.6% share.

While nearly 4 million fewer viewers tuned in, on average, compared to last year’s opening episode on the BBC (10.4 million), the result gave underdog Channel 4 its biggest overnight figures since the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games in August 2012 and was 3 million higher than its previous biggest draw of 2017, the documentary “Diana: In Her Own Words,” which drew an average of 3.5 million and a peak of 4.1 million viewers.

“‘The Great British Bake Off’s’ audience last night proves it’s still »

- Robert Mitchell

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Share your reviews of the Great British Bake Off's return

29 August 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Was it a showstopper or a soggy-bottomed mess? As the hit baking show lands in its new home on Channel 4, send us your reviews and we’ll publish the best

After much excitement, chatter and controversy, the Great British Bake Off is finally back on our screens – in its new home on Channel 4.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig replace Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as presenters, and Prue Leith steps into the shoes of the legendary Mary Berry as judge. In fact the only familiar face is Paul Hollywood, who continues as a judge.

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- Sarah Marsh and Guardian readers

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Great British Bake Off review – right where I want to be when the bombs start falling

29 August 2017 1:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Bake Off has survived the move from BBC oven to Channel 4 table, and it’s still showcasing the best of humanity. The world is on fire: this is what we all need

Praise the Lord and pass the croquembouche – the Great British Bake Off, a teetering edifice of delicious tiny morsels itself, held together by the sweet bonds of love, nostalgia and charm, has survived the move from BBC oven to Channel 4 table.

It was clear from this opening episode that enough people had held enough nerve to resist fixing something that was never broken. The tent is up, the bunting is out and the presenters, apart from Paul Hollywood, are new but not discombobulatingly different. Prue Leith replaces Mary Berry, so we still have our experienced matriarch taking care of business. Sandi Toksvig has Sue Perkins’ wit, sheathed to the same decorous degree, and Noel Fielding has »

- Lucy Mangan

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Prepare for the best series of Bake Off yet, says judge Paul Hollywood

21 August 2017 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Only star to follow show from BBC to Channel 4 says at launch that fans will be won over by first episode of new series

Paul Hollywood has said the Great British Bake Off has not changed despite its move from BBC to Channel 4 and the departure of fellow judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

The programme was the most-watched on British television last year and the news of its move, along with the exit of key talent, caused some fans to panic that its character would change beyond recognition. But those involved with the programme were eager to reassure viewers at a launch event before its return to screens next Tuesday.

Related: Bake Off first-look review – exceedingly good, despite switch to Channel 4

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- Graham Ruddick Media editor

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‘It’s not worth the calories’: why Bake Off’s new catchphrase has always served me well

7 August 2017 5:20 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

New judge Prue Leith’s anti-calorie motto has left some with a bad taste in their mouths, but should more of us be heeding her advice?

What joyless, weight-watching partypoopers the new judges of The Great British Bake Off are, the critics jeer. How we will miss the carefree double-entendres from Mel and Sue, Mary Berry’s soggy bottom now a distant memory. Instead we’ve got Noel Fielding saying he hopes to avoid sugar to stay slim, while Prue Leith’s catchphrase has been revealed as: “It’s not worth the calories.”

As much as I would like to join this Bake Off-bashing bandwagon, I have a confession to make: Leith’s catchphrase has been my own for years. And it has served me well.

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- Moya Sarner

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The Great British Baking Show Season 4 Finale Recap: Who Won?

4 August 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Friday’s royally themed The Great British Baking Show finale was more than just the ending of a season, it was truly the ending of a deliciously flaky era.

As previously reported, the iconic series — the current season of which already aired in its entirety in the United Kingdom — will look quite different from here on out: Only judge Paul Hollywood will travel with the show when it makes its move from the BBC to the UK’s Channel 4 next season. Judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will not continue with the series; Qi host »

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The Great British Baking Show Recap: Je Ne Sais Cake

4 August 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Mel and Sue to break out their Franglish and their Pepé Le Pew accents. »

- Molly Fitzpatrick

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Mary Berry Will Judge a New Cooking Series Set to Rival the Great British Baking Show

1 August 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mary Berry has a new gig—but she isn’t straying far from her roots.

The 82-year-old, best known for judging contestants on the Great British Baking Show, will now join the BBC’s newest culinary program titled Britain’s Best Cook.

The news comes nearly a year after Berry announced she would be leaving Gbbs—along with hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc—after it moved to a different network, Channel 4. Berry also announced she would have a new project with the BBC last November, but details are just now emerging about what the show will entail.

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- Jessica Fecteau

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Mary Berry to lead judges on BBC show Britain's Best Cook

1 August 2017 4:43 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Contestants will be challenged to create dishes that define modern home cooking, in effort to replace Great British Bake Off

Mary Berry is to return to her role as a judge on the BBC in a new programme called Britain’s Best Cook.

Berry will be joined on the programme by Claudia Winkleman, who will present it, and a second judge, not yet named.

Related: The Generation Game to return to BBC with Mel and Sue

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- Graham Ruddick Media editor

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The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat review – not just a sugary concoction

19 July 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This was familar but pleasurable fare as modern-day confectioners were given the task of making sweets the 16th-century way. Plus: Amma Asante on The South Bank Show

Mmmmm, a BBC primetime programme about sweeties. Candy floss-coloured neon signs. Mildly erotic closeups of coloured confections tumbling forth and melted chocolate dripped and stirred. A few sour fizz balls of history to pop in your cheek. A stately home to satisfy one’s period-drama tooth. This is not the same multimillion pound industry killing us all, the tobacco of the 21st century. It’s suuuuugggggaaaarr. So come, treat yourself to four modern-day confectioners dressed in Tudor garb rolling coriander seeds in 50 layers of sugar for four days.

The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat (BBC2) is a familiar pleasure. I’ve seen a version of this programme about 10 times already, the best of which remains 2008’s The Supersizers Go …, when Sue Perkins and »

- Chitra Ramaswamy

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Wednesday’s best TV: Thronecast – War Room; Joanna Lumley’s India

11 July 2017 10:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sue Perkins convenes a meeting of Game of Thrones celebrity superfans to air their views on season seven, while the Ab Fab actress revisits Mumbai. Plus, more from Harry Enfield-led royal satire The Windsors

Channel 4’s answer to Waterloo Road – about an academy in West Yorkshire – reaches its season finale. Clearly there has been common ground with the BBC1 show, but the original setting (cows grazing on council estate verges etc) and strong characters – Jordan is a less cool, more downtrodden and believable version of Grange Hill’s Tucker Jenkins – make it a cut above. Tonight, the plot’s chickens come home to roost at an open day for parents of prospective pupils. John Robinson

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- John Robinson, Ellen E Jones, Ben Arnold, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs, Graeme Virtue, Jonathan Wright and Paul Howlett

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Et Obsessions: 'Rough Night,' Lorde's New Album 'Melodrama' and 'The Great British Baking Show'

12 June 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Here at Et, we're obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of June 12 to June 16, this is what we're most excited about:

Why We're Obsessed With 'Rough Night'

The film is already being compared to The Hangover -- minus Alan's debauchery -- centering around a bachelorette party weekend that goes awry when a male stripper ends up dead in the beach house that Jess (Scarlett Johansson) and her friends -- played by Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer -- are staying at in Miami. While the movie doesn't open with all the women hungover, trying to retrace their steps, it does, however, highlight what happens when a wild bachelorette weekend takes some hilariously unexpected turns, ultimately bringing this group of gals closer together when it matters most. Et caught up with Johansson earlier this year, where the actress spoke candidly about the comedy. "It's wrong in »

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Summer TV Preview: 16 Reality and Limited-Run Shows That Deserve Attention (Even the Weird Ones)

8 June 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Summer TV has always been about more than just comedy or drama. Reality and big events rule during the warm months, when audiences often demand more light fare.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You Need to Watch

IndieWire’s Summer Preview lists tackled the best upcoming comedies and dramas this week, but there is still room left to recognize a bunch of other shows that didn’t fall neatly into either of those categories.

Here’s a finely curated list of live TV specials, unscripted series and documentaries that we haven’t singled out yet. Like our other Summer Preview roundups, they range from broadcast to cable to streaming.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

To help plan your TV watching plans for the next three months, we’ve also included the network/service where these will premiere, in addition to their scheduled release dates. »

- Steve Greene, Hanh Nguyen, Michael Schneider and Liz Shannon Miller

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Summer TV Preview: 16 Reality and Limited-Run Shows That Deserve Attention (Even the Weird Ones)

8 June 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Summer TV has always been about more than just comedy or drama. Reality and big events rule during the warm months, when audiences often demand more light fare.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Dramas That You Need to Watch

IndieWire’s Summer Preview lists tackled the best upcoming comedies and dramas this week, but there is still room left to recognize a bunch of other shows that didn’t fall neatly into either of those categories.

Here’s a finely curated list of live TV specials, unscripted series and documentaries that we haven’t singled out yet. Like our other Summer Preview roundups, they range from broadcast to cable to streaming.

Read More: Summer TV Preview: 20 New and Returning Comedies Worth Watching

To help plan your TV watching plans for the next three months, we’ve also included the network/service where these will premiere, in addition to their scheduled release dates. »

- Steve Greene, Hanh Nguyen, Michael Schneider and Liz Shannon Miller

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The Great British Baking Show (with Mary Berry!) Is Coming Back to the U.S. — See the Trailer!

31 May 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

June 16 just got a whole lot better for baking fans across the nation.

The Great British Baking Show is returning with not one, but two episodes back-to-back to kick off its 4th season in the United States.

In a new trailer shared on PBS’ Facebook page (above), hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, are all returning— with Berry saying she’s “expecting the unexpected.”

Fans can expect delicious treats throughout the season, including a creation with white chocolate and wasabi sauce — and of course, a few baking disasters.

Related: Mary Berry Makes Retro »

- Jessica Fecteau

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BAFTA TV Awards Crown ‘Fleabag,’ ‘Happy Valley’

15 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have announced the year’s winners for British TV’s highest honors. Presented May 14 at London’s Royal Festival and hosted by Sue Perkins, the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards recognized “Fleabag,” “American Crime Story,” and more 2016 TV highlights. Could any of these series go on to win Emmy Awards as well? Although Netflix’s “The Crown” notched an impressive five BAFTA nominations, it failed to secure any wins. The show and its lead, Golden Globe and SAG winner Claire Foy, were bested by BBC1’s cop drama “Happy Valley,” which took home the trophies for drama series and leading actress Sarah Lancashire. And despite Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s breakthrough comedy “Fleabag” falling to BBC3’s “People Just Do Nothing” in the comedy series category, the writer-actor herself earned the BAFTA for leading actress in a comedy. Documentarian Nick Fraser won a special award, »

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‘The Crown’ Loses Out at BAFTA TV Awards; ‘Happy Valley’ Scores

14 May 2017 1:51 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix’s “The Crown” lost out in all the categories it was nominated in at BAFTA’s British Academy Television Awards, which were handed out Sunday night. The Netflix show had gone into the night a favorite after scoring five nominations in four categories, the most nominations of any show this year.

The Crown” lost out to BBC crime drama “Happy Valley” in best drama category, while Claire Foy was beaten by “Happy Valley” star Sarah Lancashire in the leading actress category. John Lithgow, Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby all lost out in supporting categories.

Foy came away empty-handed for a second consecutive year in the leading actress category, having been nominated last year for “Wolf Hall” but losing to “Doctor Foster’s” Suranne Jones. In her acceptance speech, Lancashire acknowledged Foy, a Golden Globe winner for her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II, saying: “Claire Foy, you’ve given me my best 10 hours under a »

- Robert Mitchell

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Sue Perkins: ‘I love live TV. It’s like water, it flows’

13 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After stepping away from Bake Off, Sue Perkins is heading down the Ganges for the BBC and hosting the TV Baftas. She talks to Jay Rayner about stepping into Graham Norton’s shoes, why she is in therapy and what she owes television

Sue Perkins is learning how to be a national treasure, and it’s clearly a full-time job. The day we meet she has just come from spending a couple of hours in the company of Kirsty Young for Radio 4. “There are two gigs that have been defining for me,” she says, over a steaming mug of green tea in a fancy hotel bar opposite Broadcasting House. “One was the first time I got to do Just a Minute. The other one is today when I recorded Desert Island Discs.” She fires off one of her sweet toothy grins. She will not be drawn on any of her »

- Jay Rayner

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BAFTA TV Awards nominations: Full list led by ‘The Crown’

11 April 2017 4:30 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The BAFTA TV Awards honor programs across a wide range of genres. Winners will be revealed in a ceremony at London’s Festival Hall on Sunday, May 14 with “The Great British Bakeoff” presenter Sue Perkins hosting for the first time. The Craft Awards winners will be announced on Sunday, April 23 at an evening presided over by “Episodes” star Stephen Mangan. […] »

- Paul Sheehan

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Former 'Bake Off' Host Sue Perkins to Present BAFTA TV Awards

30 March 2017 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Sue Perkins may have ditched the apron and left the U.K.'s most popular TV show, but the former host of The Great British Bake Off has been handed the top gig for the annual celebration of all things small screen, the Virgin BAFTA TV Awards.  

Perkins, a regular face on U.K. TV, will present the awards on May 14 at London's Festival Hall, where shows such as The Crown, The Night Manager and Planet Earth II are expected to feature prominently. 

"I am thrilled to be hosting the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards this year," said Perkins. "Not only is »

- Alex Ritman

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