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BBC could launch Bake Off rival before Channel 4 show, source says

25 September 2016 6:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Source at BBC close to show says ‘lots of ideas’ are being discussed by corporation, after Channel 4 bought Bake Off format

A BBC show to rival the Great British Bake Off, featuring Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, could be launched before Channel 4 is able to get its version on screens, according to a source at the corporation close to the show.

Channel 4 bought the Bake Off format from Love Productions earlier this month, but rumours about a BBC rival have been rife since Perkins and Giedroyc said they would not be “going with the dough” and jumping ship. They were followed in pledging their loyalty to the BBC by Berry.

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- Alexandra Topping

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Modern tribes: the Bake Off fan

24 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Remember that time they were incredibly rude about madeira cake, talking about cracks. As in vaginas? Who are they going to find with that sort of talent?

Well, Rip Bake Off, I don’t care who they get instead, it won’t be Mel and Sue, can you believe they didn’t even ask them? Of course they’re saying it’ll stay the same, but how will that work without Sue and Mel? I’m still in shock.

Ok, Paul and Mary are brilliant – actually, I preferred Mary before they made her over within an inch of her life, and to be honest he’s got a bit smug – but it’s the Mel and Sue banter that makes it, the whole soggy bottom thing, hilarious. And the puns, remember when, Mel – no, maybe it was Sue – anyway, she did this amazing meringue joke, I’ll never forget it, »

- Catherine Bennett

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What The Hell Is Going On With ‘Great British Bake Off’? Mary Berry Quit To Add To Woes

23 September 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

If you aren’t British, or aren’t a massive fan of all things BBCAmerica, you might be scratching your head over all the recent talk of The Great British Bake Off. The show can’t keep out of the news lately, and there’s a new twist every day.

The show almost instantly became a cultural phenomenon, despite the fact that on paper you might imagine that it would be the sort of thing that would be lucky to manage a following worthy of being renewed at all. Sometimes lightning strikes, and viewers fell in love with the theory, the hosts, the judges, and even the imaginative pre-bake illustrations of what the contestants were making.

The story kicked off as the show’s massive success meant that a bidding war started for the show’s continuation between BBC and Channel 4. Channel 4 won, topping the bidding at an »

- Marc Eastman

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BBC Cooking up 'Great British Bake Off' Rival With Mary Berry

23 September 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The BBC may lose ratings hit The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 after the current season, but it is looking to serve fans a rival baking or cooking show, according to a Friday report in The Telegraph. Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood is sticking with the show when it moves to Channel 4, but fellow judge Mary Berry said she would not be on board out of loyalty to the BBC. Co-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have also said they wouldn't appear on the Channel 4 show. Berry would lead a new BBC bakery or cooking

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- Georg Szalai

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Mary Berry to leave Great British Bake Off – but Paul Hollywood agrees to stay

23 September 2016 12:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Judges divided about staying with BBC alongside Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins rather than moving to Channel 4

Mary Berry is to leave The Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 from the BBC – but fellow judge Paul Hollywood is to stay on the show for another three seasons.

The 81-year old Berry joins presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in refusing to swap channels.

Related: The Great British Bake Off 2016, episode five – as it happened

I'm staying in the tent with the bakers where I belong. I want to thank Mary. I'll miss her but she has made the right decision for her.

this, from a man who turned up to work revving a rental lamborghini. or was it a ferrari. i don't remember, the air was thick w testosterone

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- Jane Martinson

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Mary Berry: the lost key ingredient in Bake Off's baked Alaska

22 September 2016 11:33 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The severing of the all-important relationships increases the impression of a show flying towards the flip-top bin

Mary Berry is the heart and soul of The Great British Bake Off. It is her kindly, deeply competent, generous-natured on-screen character that gives the show its sweetness and lightness. When she tells a competitor that “Queen Victoria would be proud” of their beautifully iced and decorated cake, or that they “really need to pull their socks up” after a particularly wobbly example of gingerbread architecture, the stern-fair-kind grandmother of every childhood imagination is summoned up.

Related: Mary Berry to leave Bake Off – but Paul Hollywood agrees to stay

Related: How will Bake Off survive without Mary, Mel and Sue?

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- Charlotte Higgins

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Brexit, bakewells and Bake Off – what we learned in pastry week

22 September 2016 2:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The tent is usually a temple of civility. But when the bakers had to make a bakewell tart, a generational rift opened up. Plus, Candice pulls out more double entendres than Mel and Sue combined

“Sometimes I think, am I worthy of being here?” worried Rav within the first eight seconds of pastry week. He teetered through the rest of the programme, fretting about how quickly Jane had her danishes out of the oven, and whether he would finish last in technical for the third week in a row. (He did.) He was like a man who never took his coat off at the party. We have all been Rav at some time in our lives. But lo! His white choc samosas and Chinese prawns saw him live to bake another day. Indomitable as the Titanic in reverse, with a continued voyage just as unlikely. He’ll probably win.

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- Rhik Samadder

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Mary Berry to Quit as Judge of ‘Great British Bake Off,’ Paul Hollywood to Stay

22 September 2016 2:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Mary Berry is quitting as a judge on “The Great British Bake Off” out of loyalty to the BBC, which lost the hit series to rival network Channel 4 in a bidding war earlier this month. But fellow judge Paul Hollywood announced that he would stick with the show.

Berry’s departure means that three of the program’s four regular personalities — whose chemistry has been credited with turning it into a ratings juggernaut — will not be moving with”Bake Off” to Channel 4 after it wraps up its run on the BBC this season.

Berry’s decision to follow hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc out of the “Bake Off” tent adds to the pressure on Channel 4 to maintain the show’s startling success and to justify the millions of pounds it put up to outbid the BBC. The BBC reportedly offered £15 million ($19.8 million) a year to keep the program, but »

- Robert Mitchell and Henry Chu

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Wednesday’s best TV: The Great British Bake Off; Murder at the Station; Gaga for Dada

20 September 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Will the pastries and tarts crumble under the pressure in the tent? Plus, an investigation into a possible miscarriage of justice – and Vic Reeves gets surreal

It’s Pastry Week and the eight remaining bakers who’ve already proved they can make cakes, biscuits, bread and batter are in for another round of challenges. First up, they’re making danishes, but the real trouble starts when they’re tasked with baking a British tart. If they haven’t crumbled (or whatever banterous pun Mel and Sue come up with) they’ll face the showstopper, where they must whip up a notoriously tricky fine pastry. Hannah Verdier

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- Hannah Verdier, Andrew Mueller, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs, Phil Harrison, Paul Howlett

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Bake Off effect: 'dual-screening' sees eBay users shop during shows

20 September 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Sales of specialist bakeware rise during The Great British Bake Off and flat cap purchases peak during Peaky Blinders

Primetime TV programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and Game of Thrones have helped fuel a boom in “dual-screening” by consumers – watching television while simultaneously browsing and shopping online – new research has revealed.

Reinforcing the ongoing “Bake Off effect” on retail sales, shoppers are snapping up specialist bakeware such as tins and cookie cutters from the comfort of their sofas via their laptop, tablet or smartphone during the programme, according to online marketplace eBay.

Related: In Mel and Sue, the true spirit of punk lives on | Stewart Lee

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- Rebecca Smithers

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In Mel and Sue, the true spirit of punk lives on | Stewart Lee

18 September 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The heroic Bake Off presenters will forever be remembered by today’s disenfranchised young people

Paul Hollywood is named after a stupid place. And Mary Berry changed her surname to that of a popular cake ingredient in 1970, in a self-abasing quest for self-raising fame. We expect little moral guidance from either Hollywood or Berry, and we receive none in return.

But in refusing to follow The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4, the comedians Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have shown that they are the beating heart of this delightful show which I have never watched. For Mel and Sue have done something no one does any more. They have taken a stand for something they believe in.

I speak now as an ex-bbc comedian, consistently frustrated by the organisation’s failure to recognise my genius

Related: Now even Bake Off is being used to stir the pot on immigration | Stewart Lee

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- Stewart Lee

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Bake Off shows how TV’s indies have learned the art of the deal

17 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The decision to move the baking show to C4 was emblematic of a shift in power between producers and broadcasters. But can either thrive without the other?

Television programmes have been switching channels for years – from Men Behaving Badly to Big Brother, University Challenge to The Voice. Yet none have met with quite such an outcry as the poaching of The Great British Bake Off from the BBC.

After all, it’s not every day that the UK’s favourite TV show switches channels. Gbbo’s maker, Love Productions, has been pilloried in parts of the press, especially since it did the Channel 4 deal without securing the show’s current presenters, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, or judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. The company turned down an offer of £15m a year from the corporation – and higher bids from ITV and Netflix – to take the hit baking show »

- Tara Conlan

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Five shows for the BBC to replace Great British Bake Off

17 September 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

How can the BBC hang on to its baking fans now it has lost its showstopping cake-making show? Here are a few suggestions

It’s been a difficult time for BBC programming: The Voice went to ITV, the salvage-yard version of Top Gear was poorly received and now The Great British Bake Off has been lost to Channel 4. The BBC appears to have retained Gbbo presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, but the format and the bunting went to the highest bidder. The success of the transplant is by no means certain.

The loss of Gbbo raises questions about the corporation’s ability to retain and exploit its greatest successes in the long term, but there is a more pressing issue: how does the BBC replace its most popular programme, while hanging on to some portion of the Bake Off’s devoted audience? Here are just few suggestions for reheating the format:

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- Tim Dowling

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Bake Off is the BBC – and Britain – at its best | Letters

16 September 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Well done to Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for refusing to sell out (Bake Off presenters ‘refuse to go with the dough’, 14 September). “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy,” as they said, and produced a series that has all the ingredients of Britain at its best: humour, kindness and quality. Now it is to be sold to Channel 4, where viewers will have to endure a dumbed-down version and inane adverts – if we continue to watch it. What next? Strictly Come Dancing, the Proms, David Attenborough, Antiques Roadshow? We must protect the BBC and its licence fee. I hope that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood follow Sue and Mel’s lead and also refuse to “go with the dough”.

Pauline Hodson

Oxford

• The government will surely not be surprised to find that professionals at the peak of their careers are paid more than £150,000 (BBC forced to reveal salaries of star names, »

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Bake Off: the public revolt – what we learned in batter week

15 September 2016 12:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In the week the BBC lost Bake Off, Mel and Sue were good eggs, Paul pulled it out of his arse, Mary Berry was an assassin – and the public’s cry rang out. Is this the shape of things to come?

Not mentioning the week’s biggest Bake Off controversy would be like a zookeeper trying to ignore elephants in the room. The some-would-say-ironically-named Love productions, who developed the show with the BBC, have sold it to Channel 4 for £25m, and lost key talent in the process. Most people assume Hollywood will live up to his starry name and follow the dough. Not Mel and Sue though, who quit in response to the news the show was leaving its spiritual home. They chose the dusty grail, for they know the true value of things. They are both expected to be replaced by Vernon Kay.

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- Rhik Samadder

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The Great British Bake Off will have a safe home with us, says Channel 4 boss

14 September 2016 11:39 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Chief creative officer Jay Hunt cites example of F1 move from BBC as showing C4’s track record of ‘protecting and growing the shows viewers love’

A senior Channel 4 executive has promised fans of The Great British Bake Off that the programme will have a “safe home” with the broadcaster.

Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s chief creative officer, sought to allay worries the hit baking competition will founder when it leaves the BBC without its popular presenters, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, after the current season.

Related: Channel 4 under fire for poaching Great British Bake Off from the BBC

Related: The Great British Bake Off 2016, episode four – as it happened

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The Great British Bake Off 2016, episode four – as it happened

14 September 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC lost Bake Off this week, so things can only get batter. Or can they?

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Well that was a rollercoaster, as Ronan Keating might weakly describe it. It’s been a hard few days; but it is batter week since we shall see each other again, so stay strong. Thanks for all your comments! They are very entertaining and quite distracting while I’m trying to work.

If you need practical advice on how to process the news, don’t come to me because I’m useless. But I am available for pictures of goats and silly jokes. Come say hi on twitter or even Insta which is how the kids say it.

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Pastry next week! Filo and whatnot. I saw some laminated dough in there too. There are about 7000 ways for pastry to go wrong, all of which will no doubt be interpreted as »

- Rhik Samadder

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Channel 4 under fire for poaching Great British Bake Off from the BBC

14 September 2016 11:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former culture secretary says deal does not fit with the channel’s remit, while Jeremy Vine says the show on C4 is ‘burnt toast’

Channel 4 came in for criticism from MPs, celebrities and the former culture secretary for paying millions of pounds for the Great British Bake Off but failing to secure one of the show’s key ingredients, presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

Related: I love The Great British Bake Off, but won't miss Mel and Sue

Related: The loss of Bake Off is a blow, but the BBC will rise again | Charlotte Higgins

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Jane Martinson

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I love The Great British Bake Off, but won't miss Mel and Sue | Spencer Ackerman

14 September 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ok, I’m American. But the show’s essential ingredients are the juxtaposition of professional standards and amateur determination, not the puns on ‘frangipane’

All the encomia to The Great British Bake Off, particularly during its moment of peril, are deserved. Last month, my wife and I vacationed with two other thirtysomething couples, and once all our children were asleep, we exhaustedly shotgunned episodes of the show until we floated off, gloriously relaxed, to bedtime. For an anxious world, the show is televised Lexapro, an idyll where ambition, creativity, competition and glory co-exists with warmth, generosity, fellowship and grace.

Now we are at risk of being unable to afford our medicine. The first casualties of Love Productions’ decision to defect to Channel 4 are beloved hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Filled with dread at the prospect of a show without them, the internet has spasmed. Mel and Sue are »

- Spencer Ackerman

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The loss of Bake Off is a blow, but the BBC will rise again | Charlotte Higgins

13 September 2016 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The show was precious to the corporation, but it will surely be replaced. The real threat is to Gbbo itself

It is hard not to suspect that it’s all over for The Great British Bake Off. Its delicately balanced recipe depends so much on the flavours of its presenters and judges. When Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins confirmed that they were unwilling to follow the show to Channel 4, they deprived that recipe of its spice and salt.

Like many members of the show’s enormous audience – 15 million watched the last season finale, and the current series’ ratings hover around the 10 million mark – they clearly feel that the programme’s spiritual home is the BBC. And, perhaps, that money should not be – need not be – the ultimate deciding factor in any moment of decision. But in allowing such a state of affairs to occur – a popular show travelling to »

- Charlotte Higgins

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