The Great British Bake Off Is Back 2015

Bake Off is back and so are the cake puns!

Today is a great day. Today we see the return of the much loved show the Great British Bake Off. So let’s put those puns in the oven and get crackling!


2010 saw the start of something magical. The Great British Bake Off (or GBBO) came to our screens after five years of battling between Love Productions and the BBC. Despite that, and the fact that the two hosts, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, thought it flop like a soggy pancake, the GBBO is returning to our screens for its sixth season with a bigger rating than anyone could have ever guessed. Last year’s season finale, 12 million viewers tuned in to watch Nancy Birtwhistle win, making it the second most popular show of the year. A lot of that is down to the fact it was moved from BBC2 to BBC1, boosting it’s likability and kicking out any competitors on the BBC1 with the same time slot.


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The Great British Bake Off is not only extremely popular in the UK, but also in over 200 countries, with 20 of them making their own versions; Sweden, Italy, Brazil and Poland all have their own, though with different names. Brazil’s is called ‘Hands In the Dough’ while Italy’s is named ‘Sweets In the Oven’. Needless to say, Sweden’s is not filmed in a tent. Another reason for it’s huge success, booming last year and helping this season become the most talked about and anticipated show on BBC1, probably has something to do with the Binaslaka incident last season.


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Painfully amusing and an absolute outrage. One contestant’s baked Alaska was left on the side to melt because another contestant took it out of the freeze. No apologises and lots of tantrums. Needless to say, when Mary Berry was presented with Binned Alaska by contestant, Ian Watters, she was not pleased. But everyone watching was delighted at the drama, taking to Twitter wondering was it an innocent accident by a sweet old lady, or was it a horrible, catastrophe by a witch hell bent on sabotage! We will never know. But what we do know is that this year will hopefully bring us much drama and suspense. After looking at the line-up and seeing the odds, it’s going to be a neck and neck competition. You ain’t seen muffin yet.

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For those of you who don’t watch the British Bake Off, here’s a brief summary of what it’s all about. 12 contestants from different backgrounds, ages and from all over Britain come together in a competition to bake their socks off. Each week in an hour-long episode, the contestants have to prove their skills whilst being judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood. The show is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, who encourage the contestants, get excited about the food and show off their extensive repertoire of cooking puns. The 12 cooks will have three challenges in each episode; the Signature Bake, for rustic and home-made appearance dishes, the Technical Bake, where they are given a basic recipe and most create something unique, and finally, the Showstopper Bake where the contestants get to show of what they’re good at to impress the two judges, and to make Sue and Mel’s stomachs rumble.


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This year we will see 12 new contestants set up to the challenges, including 19 year old Flora, body builder Ugne, musician Stu and prison governor Paul. We’ve got a right bunch this year and I, personally, am counting down the minutes until 8pm tonight where this fabulous show will grace our screens and make us hungry for tiered cakes, crusty bread and delectable desserts.


The reason for GGBO success and loyal fan base? Well Mel reckons it’s “It’s just incredibly lovable. There’s something about it that makes people feel good.” I agree – this programme encapsulates the essence of Britishness and all the things we love about our country. The show is warm, welcoming and above all, it has true British charm. What’s there not to love about a show about baking? Especially this time of year. Going to summer fetes and eating cream teas in the garden is how we do summer. Bake Off have captured that warm fuzzy feeling we get at fetes, in beer tents, eating a picnic in the park and eating a scone under the sun, and packed it into a television show like a delicious sandwich. I for one love cookery shows and now, baking just got serious.


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Don’t let that kind face fool you. She’s a master in disguise. So tune in to catch all the action and drama of 2015’s Great British Bake Off tonight at 8pm on BBC1. Don’t forget to tweet us with #GBBO and #HappyBaking @Drinkstuff and tell us who you think will win this season of Great British Bake Off. Oh my, so much drama in one tent!

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