Important Culinary Alert: BBC’s The Great British Bake Off May Have Found a Way to Keep Us Watching


You may remember that, upon hearing that The Great British Bake Off was moving from the BBC to Channel 4 and that Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc were leaving the series, as well as Mary Berry, we declared the series officially dead. And after the ladies granted our wish and announced they’d likely be starting their own baking show, we were also prepared to bid our beloved White Beard, aka Paul Hollywood, a fond and bittersweet adieu, but all that flouncing may have been for naught: we might just be watching TWO BAKING SERIES. No, seriously.

Because word on the street, and I do mean the street, is that Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd, Doctor Who, The Mighty Boosh) is in the running to join Love Productions’ original flavor GBBO. The Sun:

… learned that left-field British comic RICHARD AYOADE has become the frontrunner to host the Bake Off when it switches channels.


So, gentlemen against the ladies, is it? Yes, please!



Stay tuned, folks.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • emmalita

    Welp, I will be watching the hell out of that. Richard Ayoade hosting a cooking show of any kind is 100% my jam. It’s so my jam that I can make extra jam cakes to eat while watching the weirder and funnier GBBO.

  • aw man for a minute i thought more IT crowd or something. I’m i gonna have to start watching this now?


      Sorry, I’m extremely all-caps-y today. The Great British Bake Off is the most charming reality show ever. Mel, Sue, and Mary Berry are delightful. Paul Hollywood is…there.

      • i would be behind on everything if i also watched cooking shows

        • You may have a point there. I’ve reached a podcast and TV equilibrium that has left me with a consistent one-month backlog. I had to cancel my Audible subscription.