Will you still watch The Great British Bake Off without Mary Berry?

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Earlier this month we asked our Silversurfers should the Great British Bake Off should remain with the BBC and nearly 1,000 of you voted, with 88% of you saying a resounding ‘yes’ – the BBC was your viewing channel of choice.

Well sadly we could not influence the outcome of that question, but we will be able to vote with our feet when the next series of GBBO is run on Channel 4 without one of its most popular judges, Mary Berry, as well as its missing co-hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc. Mary Berry will step down as a judge when it moves to Channel 4 as the BBC plots a rival, it was revealed yesterday.

Mary bid “farewell to soggy bottoms” and said her decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to the broadcaster that gave the show its start.

It has now been confirmed that Paul Hollywood will be moving to Channel 4 without his co-hosts, and there is now speculation about who will join him in the tent.

The opening show of the current series, the seventh, was watched by an average of 10.4 million viewers. But will they still want to watch without 3 of the 4 main ingredients?

Apparently none of its stars were consulted during the negotiations with Channel 4, who may have purchased a mostly empty marquee and a few ovens!

What are your views?  Is Mary Berry a vital ingredient in the mix? Will the programme still be ‘great’ without the majority of the current presenters? Will it be the same without Mary Berry? Who would you like to see replace Mary Berry?

Will you still watch The Great British Bake Off without Mary Berry?

1228 people have already voted, what's your opinion? No - it won't be the same without her Yes - it will still be 'great'

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Barton babe
28th Oct 2016
0
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I don't know what all the fuss is about, it was a dreadful show anyway.
LittleMinx
24th Oct 2016
0
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It won't be the same programme, could be better, but I don't think they will change the format much. Mel and Sue, can carry the show with other celebrity chefs they will do a great job. Maybe Gregg Wallace and John Torode. They have the experience. personality and are recognisable characters.
The main reason I watch it is to see a bunch of amateur cooks trying valiantly to produce wonderful food. I love it, very funny are the flops which look a lot like mine.
Trusting in the BBC not to drop the ball ( or egg).
JudieH68
3rd Oct 2016
1
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It won't be the same programme. I heard that the BBC is thinking about a new and similar programme with the ladies and someone replacing Paul. I look forward to it!
Irene88
30th Sep 2016
1
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It won"t be the same without Mary, Mel and Sue. It's not just the baking it's the entertainment value. Also I try very hard not to watch programmes with adverts because they really annoy me.
Avril
30th Sep 2016
0
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Don't like Paul Hollywood, such a big heid!!!
shortyshah
30th Sep 2016
1
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I do think that it won't be the same without Mary Berry and Mel &Sue..but I will still watch it on channel 4 to begin with as I believe in giving chances.am sure it will be different but it might be good.
Malcolm Poyser
29th Sep 2016
1
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Never watched the programme any way so am i bothered ???
SovereignInventory
28th Sep 2016
1
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I can't believe with all that is going on in the world that this issue has demanded so much front page and top of the news coverage, plus lots of complaints etc. What sad vacuous lives some people must have. It's a tuppeny-ha'penny TV cookery programme for god's sake......
keepfitviv
30th Sep 2016
1
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It is precisely because of all the terrible happenings in this world that poeple need a programme like Bake Off. To call however many millions watch it vacuous and sad says to me you could be a miserable old intellectual..........lighten up and have an hour a week without the cares off the world on your shoulders.
jeanmark
4th Oct 2016
1
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That appears little harsh keepfitviv and it implies that people who watch the programme are not intellectual. I have never watched the programme for the simple reason I hate baking, does that make me a miserable old intellect or just miserable and old? Personally I think all cooking programmes should be banned, we have enough problems with obesity without encouraging people to eat!
SovereignInventory
30th Sep 2016
1
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Oh dear, it seems to be you have misunderstood my first comment - if you re-read it, I clearly state that for some people to actually complain about and for the media to give such a large amount of front page news and air time to what is basically a trivial unimportant issue, I do believe indicates that some people do have a sad, vacuous life - and to maybe just look at the 'real' issues going on in this country and the rest of the world that these people and the media could (and really should) make valid complaint about.

In addition, I don't believe that I am a 'miserable old intellectual' - my wife might disagree though!! - I am relatively educated (to A level), have quite a happy, good life where I have a fair amount of time to enjoy my many and varied interests due to the fact I am semi-retired, work a maximum of about 15 hours per week on my own home business (not a millionaire but earn well above the UK average wage), have no mortgage, own my own home plus a holiday home close to a National Park - I may even be moving permanently abroad within a couple of years for my wife's health, I have a close family with 2 brilliant, unique and very funny grand-kids, a wide circle of friends, so overall I'm quite happy. Therefore regrettably I don't believe I'm in need of 'lightening up' by watching said TV programme - I'll just take it easy and carry on being concerned about real matters like the NHS, leaving the EU, homelessness, the Northern 'poor house', my grand-kids future, i.e education, job opportunities, their potential housing, etc... etc,,.. but thanks all the same.
mikzun
28th Sep 2016
0
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We never watched it anyway far to many cooking programmes or other cheap to make competitions on tv we want entertainment & drama not cheapo rubbish all low cost with no actors, stars or stages, bah Humbug, mike.
Jo Kingham
27th Sep 2016
-1
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Didn't like her anyway - and really disliked Mel and Sue as well.
Pleased Paul is staying as he's great. I think it will still be watched by millions, it's the show's format and the contestants that make it!
waterfall
25th Sep 2016
2
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For me it was nothing about the "celebs" they did not add anything to the show "at all" apart from a few funny quibs from Mel and Sue, which were very rare! The contestants were the stars, and only they make the show.....whats the big concern??
Nanjo
25th Sep 2016
0
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How can we know what the ch4 production will be like? I love Mary & she's often on other programmes. Mel & Sue are superfluous in my opinion.They still act like silly school girls.
RosemaryH3
24th Sep 2016
1
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C4 despite their assurances will change it in that it will become very bitchy and nasty especially with the intended lady judge they are thinking of presenting. They think that is good telly!!! You will see more bakers upset than at the moment plus the adverts will intervene. It will be a bit like big brother when it moved to channel 5. Not for me thanks
BrumEJ43
24th Sep 2016
2
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Love the programme, - but without Mary, Mel and Sue, - no, definitely will not bother with the Channel 4 version, - and Paul Hollywood, - well he must have a bob on himself, - sorry Paul, - you ain't nothing special. I think he is rather fat.
nanelle
24th Sep 2016
1
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I think the two judges and the two presenters have a great rapure and help make the show what it is. Channel 4 is a totally diffierent kind of channel to BBC, so I feel they will 'tinker' so the programme will be altered anyway, plus all those adverts!! So with that and the change of personel, I think we are seeing the sad demise of a great show. I doubt we will watch it once it moves.
Jenfa
23rd Sep 2016
6
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It was a show that wasn't gimmicky. I expect Channel 4 will 'sex it up' as they say, and ruin it. I don't think Paul can go it alone - and I cannot think of anyone comparable to Mary to join him. Once again, green has ruined something perfectly good.
Northern Silver
23rd Sep 2016
4
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GBBO has been a wonderful show, and I think it's success has been made by the chemistry between the presenters, plus the format, and the contestants. But the 'family' of the presenters is the main appeal.
Take away the humour and commentary from Mel and Sue, and the knowledge and wisdom from Mary, and the programme's essence will be gone. It's GBBO, Jim, but not as we know it!
Remember what happened to Top Gear when they got rid of Hammond Clarkson and May? The New Top Gear was almost universally panned, and rightly so. I think GBBO will go the same way - Paul Hollywood won't be able to carry it, as he's not a majorly popular presenter in the same way that the others are.
Kes
23rd Sep 2016
4
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Adverts during programmes just spoil them completely. It frustrates me that you can't involve yourself in a programme for, at the most, 10 minutes at a time. No good saying record and watch back and skip the adverts as it still interrupts. TV with adverts just gets worse and worse. Paul Hollywood is just after the money. I'm sure he has been offered an obscene amount to head the show.
MarionA
23rd Sep 2016
3
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Will watch the 1st episode just to be nosy ! but it won't be the same without Mary, Sue and Mel, and can't stand Paul Hollywood - such a shame to have lost a good programme to Ch4 🙁
bea747
23rd Sep 2016
4
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The adverts will ruin the programme, it will probably be dumbed down in the usual Ch4 fashion with some idiot presenters that 16 year olds like and inevitably will end up trashy. I like the format at the moment and cannot bear it when 'celebrities' have to be rounded up and brought on for their share of the limelight. That always makes me turn off. Anyway, the winner is already decided if you watch carefully - and it won't be the most worthy. Look what happened last year, she wasn't really good enough all the way through and poor Brendan - too old, despite being a cracking baker. Paul Hollywood is not enough of a personality to carry a new show, he is too vain and obviously disloyal - again.
AnneT1
23rd Sep 2016
4
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Will watch the first couple out of interest but most unlikely to continue as the adverts will spoil the flow of the programme. I have so much admiration for Mary Berry who wishes to remain loyal to the BBC who after all, took all the risks when GBB started and poured money into its development and continuous improvement. Pity the greedy, less talented Paul Hollywood can't show the same loyalty as the other three - he would still be a.n.other good baker without the BBC.
NannyLondon
23rd Sep 2016
5
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I think it won't be the same but may watch the1st few episodes to decide. I just wonder whether the Sewing Bee and the newest Great British-pottery will go the same way. The production company is being extremely greedy wanting a minimum of £25 million per series when the BBC is having to cut their spending.
Jenfa
23rd Sep 2016
5
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Yes, NannyLondon, my first thought too was that the Sewing Bee might disappear! I sincerely hope not. I think the Bake Off will fail miserably and disappear, probably after their contestants are chosen from weird in-your-face folk wanting just to be famous.
I think greed has once again killed the golden goose.
Mrs G
23rd Sep 2016
3
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Don't think I would enjoy it without Mary,Mel and Sue, but Paul will easily be replaced.
carrie71
23rd Sep 2016
1
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I shall watch as I think you have to give whoever takes over , a chance, so will see how it goes . Hopefully they won't set the contestants such ridiculous tasks .
nelly
23rd Sep 2016
0
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Don't watch it anyway, far too many cookery programs on.All boring!
BrendaB1
23rd Sep 2016
3
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Cannot stand Paul Hollywood. Such an arrogant/rude man plus adverts will ruin the flow of the programme.
Dollie
23rd Sep 2016
2
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wont be watching as the adverts will ruin the program!
Lydia321
23rd Sep 2016
2
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No one is indispensable but the whole format will change which is a shame as we are used to the show as it is. May be it will be successful may be not but it will be very different, not sure if I will watch or not as the adverts may get on my nerves.
Richard Milner
23rd Sep 2016
3
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Mary, Mel & Sue are the three main ingredients to GBBO. Paul Hollywood can be replaced. My wife cannot abide him.

We will not be following the show over to Channel 4. Ch 4 have bought a tent and PH. The show will never be the same...

Have heard that The Chuckle Brothers will front the new programme with PH and Alan Carr as the judges...lololol
Jacquie T
23rd Sep 2016
4
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Love the programme but won't watch the new format plus I think the adverts will ruin the flow
helenc111
23rd Sep 2016
6
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The programme won't be the same without the chemistry of the four Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue.
major red
23rd Sep 2016
2
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same as you silverjan I hate most of tv now cooking singing or trying or big brother type shows all bore me
Silverjan
23rd Sep 2016
1
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Can't vote because it doesn't have an option "Couldn't care less"
Wilf
23rd Sep 2016
1
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I only watch it while I am reading but know my wife loves it. I thought Mary Berry was the show? or am I being thick?
JohnHerb
23rd Sep 2016
4
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You are being thick Wilf!!! Only joking.she seems to be the main person with that bloke Paul
Marley444
23rd Sep 2016
7
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Mary, in my opinion is one of the vital ingredients. She has so much credibility, and I love the balance of her experience and wisdom. I think that Paul Hollywood is a bit like marmite! The fact that Channel 4 is now going to be the channel, coupled with no Mary, Mel & Sue, it may as well be called another name and not try and replicate the present format. I have not intention of moving to Channel 4 with what is left!

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