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."

"It seemed full of innuendos," complained another viewer about the Friday night spin-off show An Extra Slice, "It was controversial. It was lewd. It was mucky. Why don't we just call it The Jo Brand Show and forget baking," complained a viewer."

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So far in season 5, the hosts have come up with innuendos including, "Stand away from your hot baps", "You have got two hours to pop Mary's cherry" and "Stop touching your dough balls," though the BBC has only received 7 complaints.

Perkins also played down the furore on Twitter, saying, "Mel/Sue complaints on POV don't bother me, it's the European Parliament's ruling on our 'Dutch' accents I'm dreading."

It's not the first time that the Great British Bake-Off has come in for criticism this season. The BBC received over 800 complaints after the "bin gate" scandal which saw one contestant sent home for not presenting a completed baked Alaska, despite the fact that it was inadvertently taken out of the freezer to slowly melt away at room temperature. 

What do you think of The Great British Bake Off? Is it too smutty, or are Mel and Sue injecting humour into a show that would otherwise be people baking cakes, for a bit. 

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