The decision to move ‘Great British Bake Off’ to BBC One for this year’s series is clearly paying off, as the show brought in a record number of viewers to Wednesday night’s show.
With 8.2 million people tuning in to the most recent instalment of the baking series, as beloved for its charm and cheeky innuendos as it is for its baking tips, only last year’s finale managed to bring in more viewers, peaking at 9.1 million.
Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry with presenters Mel and Sue
The show was moved from BBC Two to its new home of BBC One for the fifth series of the show, after ‘Bake Off’ was named BBC Two’s best performing individual programme since 2002.
A show insider told the Express: "Baking has brought the nation together and, with lots more drama to unfold in the weeks ahead, Wednesday is the new Bake Day."
It’s been previously reported that - thanks to several of last year’s contestants being affected by abuse they’d received online during the series’ run - this year’s bakers have been briefed by show producers about how to deal with online trolls, particularly in light of the arrival of the youngest baker in the show’s history, 17-year-old Martha Collison.
Meanwhile, fans of ‘Great British Bake Off’ can look forward to presenters Mel and Sue’s latest venture, after it was reported they’d landed their own daytime talk show where they’d be chatting to both celebrity guests and members of the public.