FOLLOWING the news that one of the great, quintessentially British and unexpected TV hits was to move to Channel 4 from the BBC, co-presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were quick to announce that they would not transfer when the programme, which is owned by Love Productions, does.
Now 81-year-old Mary Berry who has arguably been the star of the show has said that she too would not be involved in the next series stating “It has been a privilege and honour to be part of seven years of magic in a tent – The Great British Bake Off. The Bake Off family – Paul, Mel and Sue – have given me so much joy and laughter.
“My decision to stay with the BBC is out of loyalty to them, as they have nurtured me, and the show, that was a unique and brilliant format from day one. I am just sad for the audience who may not be ready for change, I hope they understand my decision.”
On the same day, Paul Hollywood who tried to launch an American version and allegedly ended up having an affair with his co-presenter before the show ended with a ‘soggy bottom’ has decided to sign up for the new programme which will now have to consider whether it will replace all three of the recalcitrant stars.
Many programmes which transfer channels don’t enjoy the same success but it could be argued that it is in the best interest of the licence payer for programmes like this to be taken over by commercial stations in order to release funds which the BBC can then use to nurture new talent and programme concepts.