One of British television’s best loved contemporary programmes returns for another season of fun-fuelled baking and innuendo appreciation. From the looks of it, the format remains entirely the same; Mel and Sue with their puns, Mary with her brandy and Paul with his evil, gripping death stare whenever he finds something unsatisfactory. In any case, there is no doubt Bake Off will be as lovely and warm and comforting as it always is.
But do storm clouds lurk on the horizon? There are rumours that this could be the show’s final series on BBC before moving to ITV in light of Auntie’s rights to the format running out. This could be an absolute disaster if it was the case – the show so clearly belongs with the Beeb. It encapsulates all the things we think of when we think of the BBC, and indeed of being British. I, for one, would be devastated at a move, especially since Bake Off shines as a bright light in the general misery we have faced this year. If Bake Off was to let us down, it may well be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
But for now, let’s just enjoy the bathing in the light that The Great British casts upon us all, with its wondrous simplicity and joyous collections of bakers. There’ll be more on this as the series begins and progresses, but for now – BAKE!