Channel 4 has made a bold choice with its upcoming ‘Great British Bake Off’ reboot, ridding the show of the innuendos it became famous for during its tenure on the BBC.
Instead, the network’s boss Jay Hunt has said that the show is taking a more “modern” approach to its humour, more fitting of its new home.
Speaking about the forthcoming series, she explained: “This is ‘Bake Off’ but with an extraordinary, high calibre of contributors and it’s got a slight Channel 4 feel to it.
“We’ve got a new tone to it, it’s got a new comic riff to it. I think that feels modern and future facing. So it’s a show that a lot of people love, but with a slight Channel 4 spin which is exactly what I hoped it would be.”
The source explained: “There are no soggy bottom jokes on the first show.
“The show is modern in terms of its comic take and a lot of the humour will come from Noel’s surreal twists. We were delighted when we announced the team to see people on Facebook who were Noel fans saying they would watch the show when they hadn’t seen it before.”
The absence of innuendo isn’t the only alteration Channel 4 is making to the show, though their other big change presumably won’t be quite so controversial for existing ‘Bake Off’ fans.
Instead, they’re extending each episode by 15 minutes, meaning viewers won’t lose out when it begins airing with adverts, having previously been on the ad-free BBC.
Channel 4 has also repeatedly been forced to speak out over reports that the new team, consisting of presenters Sandi and Noel as well as baking judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, aren’t getting along behind the scenes.
A spokesperson said last month: “The ‘Great British Bake Off’ team get on brilliantly and together have all the ingredients for a show-stopping series.”