With a week to go before The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens with it’s eighth season debuting on Channel 4, details of the 12 contestants have been revealed.
Last year it was revealed Channel 4 had purchased the rights for the award-winning baking show from the BBC. This struck fear in the baking trays of the show’s die-hard fan base that adverts, altered formats and new hosts and judges could deflate the show’s charm. However, with the first episode a week away many publications have today praised the new show, particularly the controversial appointment of Noel Fielding as one of Mel and Sue’s replacements as host.
The Telegraph awarded the show five stars saying Noel Fielding “stole the show with his impish wit and steer cheek.”
Radio Times offered similarly positive reviews but did suggest it would never be the same as the original beloved BBC version.
The i positively reacted to the new show, stating that it’s previous charm was ‘all present and correct’.
The new format on Channel 4 has retained judge Paul Hollywood, however, has lost fellow judge Mary Berry and doubleact hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins. Mary Berry’s position has been filled by restaurateur, caterer and television broadcaster Prue Leith. Whilst Mel and Sue’s hosting positions have been filled by less familiar double-act comedian Noel Fielding and comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig.
This year’s batch of home-baker hopefuls include a molecular biolgist, a former army officer, an architect, a 19 year old student as well the oldest contestant to participate in the show across all it’s series’. Paul Hollywood has already said this season’s standard is higher than ever, describing this year’s dozen bakers ‘the best yet’.
The new series airs next Tuesday 29th August at 8pm on Channel 4.