Fans of The Great British Bake Off were decidedly worried when the show changed channels last year. When it debuted on Channel 4 there was widespread panic as to how the move would affect their favourite show.
History now tells us that their fears were unfounded and the pairing of Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig was a stroke of genius, and the addition of Prue Leith instead of Mary Berry, was another shroud move.
The one downside to the show for the fans was that they felt that some of the challenges were really much too hard. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by original judge Paul Hollywood.
Paul spoke with The Guardian, and explained that the show would be “going back to basics” for the upcoming series.
He said: “This year we have gone back to basics on a couple, because we were getting a bit over-complicated.” Adding: “Sometimes it’s not just about the bakers in the tent, it’s about the people in the UK who watch the programme.
“We want to encourage the viewers to bake. And it’s worked, thus far. Everyone’s got the baking bug, at some level.”
One things for sure, the pressure should be a little less for Noel and Sandi this series after the pair took over from Mel and Sue.
Noel explained: “Last year we were under an enormous amount of pressure to not ruin this sacred show that everyone loved, so we weren’t as worried about the bakers, we were just trying to make sure we didn’t destroy our own careers.”
You can catch The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 later this year.