If you are in love with The Great British Bake Off, you're not alone. The incredibly popular British show features home cooks and amateur bakers competing to win a — wait for it — bouquet and engraved cake plate?
Well, despite the lack of prize money or flashy cars, the show is a runaway success both in the UK and abroad, and has run for seven seasons. This next season, however, promises to bring considerable changes.
First off, the show (which started on BBC Two before moving to BBC One in its fifth season) will be switching networks entirely to Channel Four. More importantly (to viewers, at least), longtime hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will not be following the show to its new home. Marry Berry — a judge of the bakeoff — also decided to step down, which means only Paul Hollywood remains from the original crew.
We recently found out that Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be performing host duties. Sandi Toksvig, who co-founded Britain's Women's Equality Party, is currently the host of QI, which is a quiz show. Her hosting style is funny and warm, which makes her a natural fit for the show.
Noel Fielding, on the other hand, is a bit of a wild-card pick. He is an eccentric comedian best known for founding the comedy troupe, "The Mighty Boosh," which had success on the stage, radio, and television screen. He is also known for his famously whimsical sense of fashion.
Although he seems like an unorthodox pick, Toksvig said in a statement that Fielding, "is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh."
Perkins and Giedroyc were much loved for "easy rapport and fondness for puns," and are indeed credited with much of the show's success. Fielding and Toksvig have their work cut out for them to win over the show's devoted fans.
It was also announced several weeks ago that Prue Leith — a TV chef — would replace Marry Berry as a judge for the coming season. She has quite the shoes to fill.