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Five fears that could (and probably will) happen when the Bake Off leaves the BBC


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It's a sad, sad day for Bake Off fans. Tonight, it has been revealed that the BBC has failed to re-secure the rights to The Great British Bake Off, meaning that the current series will be the last on the Beeb - and maybe even the last Bake Off as we know and love it.

In the midst of all the anguish, it has been revealed that Channel 4 will be the new home of the programme, after they signed a three-year contract with Love Productions. Millions of people tune in each series to watch the show, soggy bottoms and all. It's format and presenting team have won awards and acclaim a plenty. But what will happen when the show moves to Channel 4?

In the wake of this caketastrophe, we've whipped ourselves into a frenzy considering all of the variables and how a change in programming could affect our Bake Off obsession. 


1. Rise of the Adverts

Given that the BBC is the only TV corporation that functions without external advertising, this is a fear that will definitely come true. It's likely that soon, waiting to see if a dough has risen will be like a Poirot cliffhanger, as our bread-watching is suddenly cut short in favour of five minutes of adverts. Sure, we deal with adverts with a great deal of other shows, but can we all agree that they're annoying and we'd rather not have our leisurely Bake Off time interrupted by a bunch of ads? 

2. Hollywood and Berry - Will they stay or will they go?

One of the best elements of the Bake Off is the judging team of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Sugar and spice and everything nice, Mary Berry is a national treasure and despite his gorilla-like menace in the face of many a nervous amateur baker, we love Paul too. We can't imagine a Bake Off without them. It's currently unclear whether the move will affect the presenting team, but both judges have previously said that they are keen to stay with the BBC, who have also commissioned separate cookery series for each of them in the past.

3. Mel and Sue - Are they in danger too? 

Again, what would The Bake Off be without Mel and Sue starting every round off with a playful sing-song of cake puns and innuendos? We've already seen how switching up a presenting team can go terribly, terribly wrong with Top Gear - we can't let Chris Evans get his hands on this now too. Mel and Sue haven't presented on Channel 4 since Light Lunch in the 90s and like Hollywood and Berry have a great working relationship with the Beeb. 

4. 'And the the person who will be going home this week... will be announced after the break as we go into DEADLOCK'

Channels like ITV, C4 and C5 have a horrible habit of introducing public votes and dramatic 'twists' into their reality shows. From The X Factor to Big Brother, it's one of the most hateful things about reality TV. Do we really want the sanctity of this beautiful show and it's pristine, kitsch atmosphere to be tarnished by something as tawdry and terrible as public vote-offs? You can't let people judge Bake Off. To quote Super Hans from Peep Show, "People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis, you can't trust people." Especially when it comes to soggy bottoms. 

5. In a complete shift of location, the tent will be replaced with a live studio audience and narrated by Peter Dickson.

Again, these channels are constantly switching up their reality shows with new formats, settings and themes. Who's to say the Bake Off would be safe from that? I will be damned if someone presents me with a Bake Off that isn't set in a nice pastel tent with bunting and kitsch kitchen utensils. 


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