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Could Dawn French And Jennifer Saunders Host The 'Great British Bake Off'?


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Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are reportedly top of Channel 4’s list of dream ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosts, to replace Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins .

Channel 4, who bought the baking show from the BBC for £75million last month, are also said to be after cookbook legend Delia Smith, 75, to work alongside Paul Hollywood as the replacement judge for Mary Berry.

Jennifer Saunders and Dawn FrenchChannel 4 are reportedly after legendary duo French and Saunders as the next ‘Great British Bake Off’ hosts

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Mary Berry Left "Shocked" By Antics At National Reality TV Awards


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‘The Great British Bake Off's’ Mary Berry was reportedly left shocked and dismayed by the antics she witnessed at the National Reality TV Awards.

The judge attended the ceremony on Thursday to pick up the award for Best Television Chef, but was left feeling a little out of place among the stars of ‘Love Island’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.

Mary Berry Predicts "Different" 'Great British Bake Off' On Channel 4


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After her huge decision not to follow ‘The Great British Bake Off’ to Channel 4 next year, the show’s popular judge Mary Berry has spoken about what she thinks for its future away from the BBC.

Last week, the 81 year old announced that she was bowing out as ‘Bake Off’s head judge out of “loyalty” to the BBC and the years of massive ratings success that show has enjoyed there over the last half a decade.

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Bake Off's Nadiya Thinks The Show Can Do Well On Channel 4


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One of Great British Bake Off 's most likeable winners, Nadiya Hussain, has embraced the show’s new move to Channel 4, prompting speculation that the series favourite could land a presenting role in the new format.

Nadiya Hussain and Mary BerryNadiya Hussain won the nation's heart during her stint on Great British Bake Off

Nadiya, who won the last series in 2015 during an emotional final, could appear on the new Channel 4 show due to air for the first time in 2018 after current stalwarts, Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins and Mary Berry, chose to stay at the BBC.

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Mary Berry Might Be Gone From The 'Bake Off' But She Has No Plans To Retire


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A spokesperson for ‘Great British Bake Off’ judge Mary Berry has denied reports that she’s set to retire. The Sunday People claimed that the 81-year-old had been reluctant to sign on for three more years of the baking competition, which led producers to seek out a new home for the show.

Mary BerryMary Berry is not ready to give up judging soggy bottoms yet

A source had told the Sunday People: “Mary loves the show, but she had made it clear she wouldn’t be able to give any long-term commitments. Two years from now, she does not expect to be working at the rate she is currently – and the production team were aware of this.”

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Is Geri Horner Being Lined Up To Present 'The Great British Bake Off?'


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With Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins confirming they will not be returning to host the ‘Great British Bake Off’ on Channel 4, the show is now desperate to find a suitable replacement. According to reports, that name could be former Spice Girl Geri Horner, who is said to be high on Channel 4’s list of possibilities.

Geri HornerWould Geri Horner be a good choice to host the ‘Great British Bake Off’ on Channel 4?

The Sun reports that Geri is being secretly ‘sounded out’ by Channel 4 as a potential new host, with creators Love Productions believing that she would be a hit with fans and saying she already has great chemistry with Paul Hollywood, the only member of the ‘Bake Off’ team who is making the move to Channel 4.

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Mary Berry Announces She WON'T Follow 'Bake Off' To Channel 4


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Another devastating blow was dealt to fans of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ today, as head judge Mary Berry confirmed that she will not be a part of the show when it moves to Channel 4 next year.

The 81 year old baker and TV chef has sided with the show’s co-presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in refusing to make the move from the BBC at the end of this year, and said in a statement delivered on Thursday (September 22nd) that she was making the decision out of “loyalty” to the show and its home on the BBC.

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Paul Hollywood Has 'Secret Meeting' With Channel 4 Over 'Bake Off' Move


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Presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins may have already left ‘The Great British Bake Off’ ahead of its move to Channel 4 next year, but it looks as if at least one key figure from the show will stay on board as judge Paul Hollywood was spotted heading to a ‘secret meeting’ with the network this week.

According to pictures published by MailOnline on Wednesday (September 21st), the 50 year old turned up at Channel 4’s offices in central London in a blacked-out car, in which he waited until a chaperone arrived to escort him into the building via the back entrance.

Paul HollywoodPaul Hollywood went for a 'secret meeting' with Channel 4

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Steven Moffat Praises The BBC For Not Rewarding Greed Over 'Great British Bake Off'


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‘Sherlock’ and ‘Doctor Who’ showrunner Steven Moffat has praised the BBC for refusing to pay the reported £25 million demanded by production company Love Productions to keep the ‘Great British Bake Off’ on their channel. Last week it was announced the show will be moving to Channel 4 next year, angering fans and resulting in hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc quitting.

Steven MoffatSteven Moffat has praised the BBC for letting the ‘Great British Bake Off’ go

Speaking at the Emmy awards Moffat said he’s had offers from other broadcasters to take ‘Sherlock’ but he's always refused them. "We have had offers, that's not what it's about. It should never be about that,” he told the Press Association. “I think the BBC was quite right not to reward greed. It's wrong.”

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Jamie Oliver Speaks On 'Great British Bake Off' Judging Rumours


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Jamie Oliver has addressed rumours he could be set to join the judging panel of the ‘Great British Bake Off’ if the line-up changes when the show moves to Channel 4. Just last week the celebrity chef had said he’d ‘love’ to judge the show, but now Oliver has admitted he’s got too much on his plate to take on the responsibility.

Jamie OliverJamie Oliver has addressed those ‘Bake Off’ rumours

Last week Oliver was asked by Now magazine if he watched the show: “Yes, we watch Bake Off. The whole family loves it,” he said. “I love Mary Berry and it’s really great watching. Secretly, there’s always a part of me in mourning because I’d love to be one of the judges.

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'The Great British Bake Off' Is Moving To Channel 4, But Will Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood And Mel And Sue Follow?


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‘The Great British Bake Off’ turned into the great British bidding war yesterday when it was revealed that the BBC had lost the rights to air the show, after falling to pay the reported £25 million a year asked for by production company, Love Productions. The rights were soon snapped up by Channel 4, in a move that has angered many viewers and raised questions about the show's future. 

The Great British Bake OffWill Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel and Sue still being overseeing the ‘GBBO’ on Channel 4?

Now we know where the show will be residing the big question is, will judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Geidroyc stick around? The foursome have always been supportive of the 'Bake Off' staying on the BBC and now fans are left questioning their future.

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This Will Be The Last Series Of Great British Bake Off On The BBC


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It’s a Great British Tragedy. The BBC has lost the rights to its flagship show, The Great British Bake Off as ITV looks set to swoop in to take over the incredibly popular programme. It has been revealed that the current series will be the last with the corporation after the makers behind the programme broke off talks to renew the contract.

Mary Berry and Nadiya HussainWill Mary Berry make the switch to ITV too?

It’s a blow for the BBC as Bake Off continues to be one of its most popular shows and a blow for fans who love the BBC Bake Off’s combination of innuendos, tension, presenting hilarity and picking judging.

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Gregg Wallace Slams Mary Berry's Comments About Deep-Fat Fryers


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‘MasterChef’ judge Gregg Wallace has hit back at comments made by ‘Great British Bake Off’s Mary Berry this week about deep-fat fryers, calling them an “attack on our British way of life”.

The seventh series of the perennial BBC favourite ‘GBBO’ kicked off on Wednesday this week (August 24th) with 10.4 million tuning in, but the comments in question came in an interview that 81 year old Berry gave to Good Housekeeping later in the week about the correct nutrition for children. She said that there was no reason for any family to own a deep-fat fryer, and spoke out against fizzy drinks for kids.

Mary BerryMary Berry's comments drew sharp criticism from Gregg Wallace

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Mary Berry - Mary Berry makes a special appearance onstage at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and is joined by an eager young fan who ran onto the stage to sit on the Great British Bake Off star's lap at Three Counties Showground - Malvern, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th May 2016

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Mary Berry - Mary Berry signs copies of her new cook 'Foolproof Cooking' at Waterstones - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd March 2016

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Mary Berry - Mary Berry attends a book signing for her latest book 'Foolproof Cooking', which accompanies her current BBC series. at Waterstones, Piccadilly - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 3rd March 2016

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Mary Berry - Mary Berry pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 18th February 2016

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Mary Berry Presenting New BBC Cooking Show In 2016


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Mary Berry will be attempting to recovery from her American TV disappointment with a brand new baking show back in Britain, with a six-part series entitled ‘Foolproof Cooking’ in the pipeline for early next year.

Last week, it was rumoured that the 80 year old broadcaster’s new Stateside show ‘The Great Holiday Baking Show’ would be soon facing the axe, as ratings showed that it lost roughly a million viewers in the space of a few weeks.

Mary Berry'Bake Off's Mary Berry will be fronting a new BBC2 show, 'Foolproof Cooking', in 2016

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Mary Berry , Paul Hollywood - Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry do a live demonstration in the Supertheatre at the BBC Good Food Show Winter at the Birmingham NEC at NEC - Birmingham, United Kingdom - Friday 27th November 2015

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Mary Berry - The 2015 TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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Mary Berry - The 2015 TV Choice Awards held at the Hilton Park Lane. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 7th September 2015

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Mary Berry , Chris Evans - Chris Evans introduces the competition Cakes V Pies, Mary Berry wins with Cakes beating Paul Hollywood Pies. - Guilford, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Mary Berry - House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) held at Theatre Royal - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Mary Berry - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2015 which were held at the Theatre Royal in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Anthony Mcpartlin, Declan Donnelly and Mary Berry - House of Fraser British Academy (BAFTA) Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal - winners board. - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 10th May 2015

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Is 'The Great British Bake Off' Really Too Smutty?


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Despite being one of the most watched programmes on British television, The Great British Bake-Off is coming in for criticism for its apparent smuttiness. BBC complaints show Points of View featured a segment on the baking contest, featuring viewers unhappy with the regular innuendos made by hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.

The Great British Bake OffDoes Mel [R] take the innuendos too far?

One viewer emailed: "They get smuttier and smuttier, and it's totally unnecessary. Mary Berry looked quite embarrassed on the first programme of this series and so were we as a family."

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Mary Berry Would Rather Children "Give Her A Pill" Than Become A Burden


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'The Great British Bake Off' judge Mary Berry says she would rather her children "give me a pill" then become a burden on her family. The writer turned TV star is currently one of the most popular stars at the BBC thanks to the huge success of the baking competition, though Berry says she has no wish to live as long as her mother, who died aged 105. 

Mary Berry The Great British Bake OffMary Berry [center] filming 'The Great British Bake Off'

Berry told the Radio Times: "I have no desire to be a centenarian. I think 90 is a great time. You've had a good innings. You have to deal with the cards that have been dealt, of course, but I don't think very old age, if you haven't got your marbles, can be very nice.

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Diana Beard Quits 'Great British Bake Off' After Baked-Alaska-Gate


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Diana Beard had quit the Great British Bake Off following the now infamous 'baked Alaska' incident shown on last night's show (August 27, 2014). However, the BBC said her departure was down to illness and was unrelated to Iain Watters' controversial elimination from the show.

Paul HollywoodPaul Hollywood was not impressed with Iain's non-existent baked alaska

Twitter erupted into a huge pudding of indignity after Watters threw his baked Alaska into the bin because it had not frozen - subsequently being given his marching orders by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. The problem being that rival baker Diana took the ice cream out of the freezer and left it on her workspace. Viewers were furious with the situation and the BBC received 556 complaints.

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The Return Of 'The Great British Bake Off' Attracts Millions, Once More


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'The Great British Bake Off' has returned to the nation’s screens and, judging by the popular reception to the fifth series, there’s no sign of baking fatigue.

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It's back: 'The Great British Bake Off' attracted over 7 million viewers for the first episode of the fifth series

Having moved from BBC Two to BBC One, the first episode recorded an average of 7.2 million viewers. It took a 34.6% share of its timeslot, beating all other programming hands down. The figure is also up on last year’s maiden episode, which attracted 5.6 million.

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After Frances Quinn Victory, Bake Off Bids Farewell To BBC2


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Sadly for us all, the nation’s favorite reality show, The Great British Bake Off, has come to a close. The ovens have cooled. The winner has been announced. And for once, it wasn’t with garish strobe lights and a confetti shower, but in the quaint tent, out in a field, as per Bake Off’s signature style.

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Hopefully next season's move won't bring about any cast changes to upset the balance.

The three remaining contestants Ruby Tandoh, Frances Quinn and Kimberley Wilson were asked to whip up – well, more like patiently labour over – a wedding cake. Quinn wowed judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with a Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed creation, which won her the crown in the end, despite Quinn not being a favorite to begin with. But that was all four months ago – unlike other reality formats, Bake Off wasn’t filmed live. Even now, months after the event, Frances is still thrilled and in disbelief.

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'The Great British Bake Off' Crowns Surprise 2013 Winner


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The Great British Bake Off came to an end last night in a finale that was watched by millions across the nation, who will have to think of something else to do with their Monday evenings now the show is over. We went into the final episode with the race seemingly won already by the constantly teary Ruby Tandoh . However a surprise winner emerged from the pack to take home the GBBO crown this year; Frances Quinn.

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The finalists put up a good fight in the last episode of the GBBO

The three finalists, Frances, Ruby and Kimberley Wilson, began the hit BBC show with a signature bake, their task to be as creative as possible as they put together their savoury picnic pies. Both Kimberley and Ruby opted to got for a basket-shaped pie, with Ruby going for a vegetarian option, whilst Kimberley filled hers with chicken and pork. Kim's creation even had little pink pigs on the pastry too! Frances on the other hand went for something a little more adventurous and created a rainbow picnic pie, made from trout, rice and vegetables. Both Kimberley and Frances were given positive comments from the judges, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, but it was Ruby who impressed the pair the most as she was commended for her vegetable bake. With Ruby in the early lead, next up was the technical bake.

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Hours Until 'Great British Bake Off' Finale: Who Should Be Crowned Victor?


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The Great British Bake Off's finale is less than two hours away and we can exclusively announce that the winner will be female! Indeed, the hugely successful BBC2 series has an all-female finale with Ruby Tandoh, Frances Quinn and Kimberley Wilson battling it out to be crowned the series' star baker. We've seen memorable faces picked off by judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry over the past nine weeks, including the loveably bungling Glenn, the "man who can't tell the difference between salt and sugar" Toby, the neurotic bespectacled Howard and the angry Welshwoman and Macaron-master Becca.

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Ruby, Kimberley & Frances Prepare To Do Battle.

So let's take a look at the final three!

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The Great British Bake Off Episode 3: Which Baker Fell Victim To The Horrors Of "Slack" Custard?


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The Great British Bake Off: the go-to show for all your food pun and baking euphemism needs, whether it be soggy bottoms or lady fingers, or this weeks "inspired" pun that kicked off the first 'signature' bake round, trifles. "We're not trifling with you," giggled Mel to Sue's exasperated face-palming. Why pretend to be embarrassed? Presenters Mel and Sue keep the jokes coming each week with fired rounds of cringeworthy jokes; it's the fodder that keeps the contest together.

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"The Silverback" Beat His Chest And Made Life Difficult For One Baker.

This week the theme of desserts took the remaining 11 bakers through the usual three rounds. Apart from the signature bake trifle, this week's technical challenge was the devilish ile flottantes and the showstopper was an array of petits fours. This was the week where the contestants got to play around with alcohol, whether it was spraying Cointreau in a gardening bottle, soaking lady fingers in rum or infusing the trifle in a moreish piña colada flavour with some delectable brandy snap cones, as Christine did, which had Paul and Mary merry with praise.

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The Great British Bake Off Kicks Off Season 4 With A Bang And No Lost Fingers (Yet)


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The Great British Bake Off is back! This will really only be news to fans of the nicest, least offensive piece of reality telly out there, but surprisingly, there are quite a few of those fans out there. Folks at the BBC probably didn’t expect that the BBC2 competition where 13 (as of this season) contestants compete to see whose batter is the lightest and fluffiest and whose cake/bread/pasty is the fluffiest or crispiest, would become such a huge hit.

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Sweet Success For BBC Two As Great Comic Relief Bake-Off Draws 3.8 Million


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The highlight of last night’s TV viewing in the UK was undoubtedly BBC2’s special edition of The Great British Bake-Off, for Comic Relief. Rather than the usual array of seasoned bakers, displaying a range of cakes, from sub-standard to outstanding, The Great Comic Relief Bake-Off had a group of comedians, all displaying an array of cakes from sub-sub-standard (Seriously. Paul Hollywood was channelling ‘happy thoughts’ at one point) to above average cakes.

The difference, this time, was that they were doing it for the good of Comic Relief and promoting a series of nationwide bake sales, in aid of the huge charity event, which helps various charitable causes across the globe. According to The Guardian, 3.8 million people tuned in to watch the show, which starred contestants Jo Brand, Stephen K Amos, Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver as well as the usual judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry and host Mel Giedroyc. They blew Channel 4’s competition out of the water (natural history show Wild Things), which managed 1.07 million viewers.

Meanwhile on BBC1, the sitcom Miranda fell to its lowest audience of the new series so far, with an average of 6.4 million viewers, though it could well have fallen victim to its neighbouring channel, rather than the drop in figures indicating a decline in the show’s popularity. Last night’s bakers had to tackle such patisserie delicacies as a custard slice, a tray of shortbread and a cake with a portrait iced onto it. Jo Brand’s re-imagination of Desmond Tutu’s face was… well, it was quite something. 

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The Great British Bake Off Final: A Surprise Winner Prevails!


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Who knew baking was manly? Well it is, baking is really manly. Crying over baking, that's really manly too. This has all been proven in the nail biting, adrenaline inducing, and really rather surprising finale of The Great British Bake Off tonight. The final three challenges were a savoury French Pithivier, the technical challenge was the task of making 25 identical French fancies, and finally the show-stopper was to be a cake on a 'personal theme of 2012'.

12 contestants were gradually whittled down to three, Brendan, John and James, and tonight that final three was whittled down to one. Most of us avid and dedicated viewers were probably torn between the three. Brendan's strategy was to be absolutely meticulous. Almost everything he produced was absolutely immaculate, beautifully presented and always baked well. His vast knowledge of cakes, breads and pastries rivals even that formidable judge Paul Hollywood, and he genuinely surprised both judges more than once. However, even with an incredibly history in Bake-Off, it was not Brendan who won (a few fans may feel a little put out by this).

Scotch medical student James, who insisted on whiskey in his at least one recipe per episode also missed out on the top spot not when his pethivier was just a little underdone, but when he attempted to make five cakes in the time that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood had asked for just one in the showstopper challenge. And it truly is the show stopper that everything seems to rest on, week on week. Thus, it was John, 22-year-old law graduate from Manchester who scooped the prize. His show-stopper, which was the clincher, was heaven and hell themed with dark chocolate and orange as the hell, and lemon and coconut meringues crowning it in a heavenly halo. John's reaction to the win, as the Huffington Post quotes, was “I feel faint, really, really queasy. I cannot believe it. I've finally done something to please my mother.”

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Great British Bake Off's Paul Hollywood Rejects Channel 4's Advances


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Having not had a particularly prolific career in the spotlight prior to The Great British Bake-Off, the show really propelled Paul Hollywood's career and his popularity has now surmounted in a battle between Channel 4 and the BBC for his contract. Hollywood eventually chose the BBC over Channel 4, unlike Mary Portas, Hilary Devey and Jimmy Doherty who have all been given shows on C4 or one of its subsidiaries.

Hollywood's new contract with the BBC is reported by Metro to be around the £300k mark. It's not only the financial promise that makes the BBC the right decision, but judging by Channel 4 converts it's likely that his career wouldn't fly; Doherty's show was relegated to More4 and Portas and Devey's show had terrible ratings. Hollywood's new contract with the BBC includes not only a fourth series of the record breaking bakery show, which is co-judged with Mary Berry, but also his own show, flamboyantly named 'Paul Hollywood's Bread'.

When discussing this new show, he expressed his eagerness but also revealed the perils and health risks of bread-making: “I've been all over the country looking into the history of bread. I ended up concentrating on bread [in my career] because it was one of the hardest things to master. You're harnessing an animal – yeast... When you're manipulating and kneading the dough, it's such a release of stress. I'm paying for it now because I've got big problems with my neck and carpal tunnel syndrome in both my wrists.'

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