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?