Review: Great British Bake Off (Channel 4)

Toksvig and Fielding, should be a piece of cake, right?

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16th October 2017
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The new series of Bake Off has been under the spotlight for several reasons. Whether that is due to the move from BBC to Channel 4 or the show's new set of presenters, one thing which hasn't changed is the intense drama in the Bake Off tent. 

"In the sixth episode, 'Pastry Week,' we found the two presenters re-enacting The Life of Pi, with Noel aptly dressed in a tiger onesie."

I have really enjoyed this season because of the camaraderie between new presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. Keeping a similar bond to Mel and Sue, the pair has added a quirkier opening style to the show, demonstrating Fielding's unusual humour that we first discovered in shows such as The I.T. Crowd and The Mighty Boosh. In the sixth episode, 'Pastry Week,' we found the two presenters re-enacting The Life of Pi, with Noel aptly dressed in a tiger onesie.

True to each series, the nation has fallen in love with the new contestants and the competition is heating up. The signature challenge of 'pastry week' posed a lot of complications for the bunch, especially beloved baker Yan, whose scientifically engineered pie left a lot to be desired by the judges. However, student Liam's autumnal pie was held as a triumph by none other than Paul Hollywood himself.

"Leith is an adequate successor for Berry but it could be said she lacks the same humour and love for cheeky innuendos."

Paul's judging and presenting personality is relatively similar to the old Bake Off, but I believe he takes more of the lead judging role since Mary Berry was replaced by Prue Leith. Leith is an adequate successor for Berry but it could be said she lacks the same humour and love for cheeky innuendos which made Mary a favourite in past seasons.

Unfortunately after a difficult signature, technical and showstopper, it was Russian born Julia who left the tent following the announcement that Liam was crowned star baker with his Grandma Cynthia's pie. As Sandi choked up over Julia's departure, it was clear to see that both the bakers and presenters have once again formed a tight-knit group.

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