Monday, 19 September 2016
What Is Bake-Off Without Mel & Sue?
When the news broke that The Great British Bake-Off would be moving to Channel 4, the viewing public (Over 11 million people) let out a collective groan. Would Channel 4 be able to keep the format as it is? Would they be able to resist sticking their fingers in the pie, (Oooooh errrrrrrr, missus) and change what is intrinsically a gentle programme, into something a little more salacious.
When it was then announced that Mel & Sue would not be following across to Channel 4, I think the groans turned into swears and ripping up of TV licences.
Mel & Sue ARE Bake-Off, and yes, before you all tell me that Paul and Mary are also an integral part of GBBO, let me tell you what I heard recently that makes me sad that they won't be continuing.
One of the things I love about Bake-off is the lack of sob-stories, they have no need for back stories on GBBO or tears over a dead great-grandparent that had a dying wish for their offspring to win a cooking programme. There is no dead cat, or forcing of tears on the show and the BBC it seems, do not linger on the tears of contestants to drag out every emotion for the viewer to drink, and here's why. When a contestant cries on Bake-off, out of frustration over a flan or anger over an icing issue, Mel & Sue apparently stand near the contestant and use bad language so that the footage is unairable.
CAN YOU IMAGINE ANYONE ELSE DOING THAT?
If Kay Burley was hosting Bake-off she would be directing the camera into the face of the contestant asking, "How does your collapsed flan make you feel now?" "How do you think your dead grandmother would feel, knowing that you have let her down in this way" "Are you crying over your dead cat"
You know she would.
Instead, Mel & Sue protect the contestants from overzealous producers who would probably want to slip in the footage with sad music overlaid with lingering shots of pictures of dead relatives.
Plus, what even is Bake-off without the innuendo?
"Time to reveal your cracks"
to one of my favourites,
"I've never eaten a nun before"
the humour is delivered with such a straight face that you begin to think that is YOU that has the filthy mind. (It could actually be me, my mind is a sewer)
What will any other duo bring to the tent that can surpass or even EQUAL what Mel and Sue have? I'm am pretty sure that the British Bake-off we see in 2017 (or later) on Channel 4 will be just a shadow of the original, and that makes me sad. The Great British Bake Off is such a great programme and I am extremely sad it is over in the current format at the end of this season. Not even Jason Momoa, presenting in Speedos could save it for me now (although if he wants to try...............)
How are you feeling about the whole Bake-Off saga? Are you going to be watching on C4? Who do you think would make great presenters? And WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS IF MARY AND PAUL LEAVE???????????
Let me know.
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