The Great British Bake Off

Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, The Great British Bake Off ran from 2010 to 2016 on BBC TV. The judges were world-renowned cook, food writer and television presenter, Mary Berry and professional baker, Paul Hollywood.

The Great British Bake Off


The show was launched on BBC2 in August 2010 and soon became the most popular programme on the channel, prompting its move to flagship channel BBC1 for its fifth series. The show gained massive popularity over the years and was even accredited with prompting a resurgence in baking in the UK. Many of its competitors - even those who didn't win - have gone on to enjoy a career in baking.

The show's popularity was so great that it won a prestigious BAFTA Award and a number of spin-off and special shows followed. These have included Junior Bake Off for youngsters on CBBC; a celebrity charity series in aid of Comic Relief and Sport Relief; Bake Off's Crème de la Crème for professional pastry chefs; and companion series, An Extra Slice.

The format has also been sold to many countries across the worldwide, that have produced their own version of the show.


The show has not been without its fair share of controversy! In Series 5, during a Baked Alaska challenge, contestant Iain Watters' ice cream melted. Out of frustration, he threw it in the bin and walked off the set. Returning shortly afterwards and without a cake to judge, he produced the bin instead, leading to the incident being labelled "bingate". As a result of having no cake, he was eliminated from the contest, which provoked anger from some viewers.

Following negotiations in 2016, Love Productions announced it would no longer be broadcasting the show on the BBC. In September, a three-year deal to broadcast the show on Channel 4 was announced.

The presenters Giedroyc and Perkins revealed they wouldn't be moving to Channel 4 with the show and Berry later announced she was also leaving at the end of the BBC run. However, co-judge Hollywood said he would stay with the show, leading to a storm of contention and accusations he had "sold out" to Channel 4 in a deal estimated to be worth £1.5m over three years.



Berry, Giedroyc and Perkins were later rewarded for their loyalty to the BBC, with new shows being announced for all three. Berry is to star in two new programmes about cooking, Giedroyc has been given a new role presenting the talent contest, Let It Shine and Perkins is presenting a documentary exploring India's Ganges River.

In March 2017, the new Great British Bake Off presenters were announced as comedian, writer and television producer, Sandi Toksvig and writer, artist and musician, Noel Fielding. Restaurateur, caterer and cookery writer, Prue Leith will be judging alongside Hollywood.

Under its new guise, do you think the show has what it takes for continued success?

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