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The only surprise about Bake Off's move from BBC2 is that it didn't happen long ago – the show is mainstream TV at its best
• Poll: will the move to BBC1 work?
At this stage, The Great British Bake Off barely even counts as a television programme any more. It's an institution. It's a place where millions of people congregate every week to drool over cakes, zone out during the boring history bits and use Twitter to aggressively denounce Ruby's continued unconvincing attempts at false modesty.
It's a monster. According to Barb, the only BBC shows with more viewers than The Great British Bake Off last week were Strictly Come Dancing, New Tricks and one episode of EastEnders. The number two rated show on BBC2, The Wrong Mans, achieved less than half the ratings of the Bake Off. So the news that it'll move to BBC1 next year isn't really a surprise. »
- Stuart Heritage
Sketch comedy is one of the hardest forms of comedy to do well. You only have a few minutes to get each character and joke right and it can be difficult to keep a recurring sketch from becoming too one-note and repetitive. As well as that, there can be an overreliance on catchphrases or just a general misjudgement of what makes good sketch comedy.
And, obviously, because of that there are always sketch shows that are complete stinkers. Thankfully they usually disappear quickly and we don’t miss them. And these sketch shows are prime examples of why…
5. Little Britain USA (BBC1/HBO, 2008)
Cracking the Us is never easy for British writers. Usually their vision will be compromised a lot to fit Us audiences and a lot of the original content will become lost in translation. But when Matt Lucas and David Walliams made the trip stateside to continue Little Britain, »
- James T. Cornish
2 items from 2013
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