'Great British Bake Off' Returns to UK TV Following Controversial Broadcaster Switch

James from Essex taking part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off

James from Essex taking part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off attracted around 6.5m viewers on Tuesday night, giving Channel 4 its biggest ratings success since the 2012 Paralympic Games.

This year's much anticipated re-branded Great British Bake Off promised lots of excitement when it burst onto our screens last night.

The broadcaster paid £75m for the show in a three-year deal.

The new series of Bake Off returns tonight, with judge Hollywood joined by new judge Prue Leith and new presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

Jo gives viewers a behind the scenes look at what goes on in the Bake Off tentWho presents Extra Slice? Expect a fruity signature challenge, and the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off.

It was high praise indeed fom seaon one victor Edd Kimber, who said Channel 4 had "nailed it" and added he's "loving" the new series.

Sophie original ly from Suffolk but now living in Surrey taking part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off

Some critics were less gung-ho.

Paul Hollywood was the only member of the original team to move with the show to Channel 4. On Twitter, meanwhile, viewers expressed irritation with the commercials, and didn't quite know what to make of Fielding's soft voice and spacey demeanour.

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But it's not just a new experience for the bakers. They also wowed fans and sceptics alike with their "showstoppers", which included cakes sculpted to resemble a Russian nesting doll, a watermelon, and a loaf of bread.

The figures still pale in comparison to the show's heyday under the BBC brand, which hit peak audiences of 14.8 million in the final season.

As for the critical reception to the first episode, Channel 4's re-jigged The Great British Bake Off received nearly unanimous applause from across the board for largely sticking to an already winning formula.

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