The Great British Bake Off
|The Great British Bake Off|
|Directed by||Scott Tankard (2012–13)
Andy Devonshire (2010–12, 2014–)
|Presented by||Mel Giedroyc
|Theme music composer||Tom Howe|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||34 (inc. 16 specials)|
|Executive producer(s)||Anna Beattie (2010–)
Richard McKerrow (2010)
Kieran Smith (2012)
|Producer(s)||Samantha Beddoes (2013–2014)
Amanda Westwood (2012)
|Location(s)||Cotswolds, Scone Palace, Sandwich, Bakewell, Mousehole, Fulham Palace (all 2010)
Valentines Mansion (2011)
Harptree Court (2012–13)
Welford Park (2014–)
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Love Productions|
|Original channel||BBC One (2014–)
BBC Two (2010–13)
|Original run||17 August 2010– present|
|Related shows||The Great British Sewing Bee
Come Dine with Me
Great British Menu
The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
The Great British Bake Off, often referred to as simply Bake Off or GBBO, is a BAFTA award-winning British television baking competition first shown by BBC Two on 17 August 2010. The judges are cookery writer Mary Berry and professional baker Paul Hollywood. Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have presented all five series of the programme to date. The competition selects from amongst its contestants the best amateur baker.
The programme was moved to BBC One in its fifth series after it became the most popular show on BBC Two. Its increasing popularity is credited with reinvigorating interest in baking throughout the UK, Many of its participants, including winners, have gone on to start a career based on bakery. The winners are Edd Kimber, Joanne Wheatley, John Whaite, Frances Quinn and most recently Nancy Birtwhistle.
The programme has spawned a number of specials and spin-off shows - a celebrity charity series in aid of Sport Relief or Comic Relief, Junior Bake Off for young children (broadcast on the CBBC channel), and An Extra Slice aired on BBC Two after the Bake Off series was moved to BBC One. Its format was also used on the BBC Two series The Great British Sewing Bee. The format has been sold to many countries around the world where local versions of the show are produced.
- 1 Format
- 2 Series overview
- 3 Incomplete Bakes and other incidents
- 4 Reception
- 5 Controversy
- 6 International versions
- 7 Spin-offs
- 8 The Great Sport/Comic Relief Bake Off
- 9 Transmissions
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The series choose from the contestants a best amateur baker. The applicants to the show are assessed by a researcher, followed by an audition in London with two of their bakes and undergoing a screen test and an interview with a producer. A second audition involves the applicants baking two recipes for judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in front of the cameras. Ten contestants were chosen for the first series, twelve for the following two series, thirteen for the fourth, and back to twelve for the fifth.
In each episode, the amateur bakers are given three challenges: a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper. The three challenges take place over two days, and the filming takes up to 16 hours a day. The contestants are assessed by the judges who then choose a "Star Baker" for the week (introduced in series 2), and a contestant is also eliminated. In the final three bakers are left and a winner is chosen from the three.
- Signature Challenge – a bake using a tried and tested recipe that the amateur bakers make for their family and friends.
- Technical Challenge – a bake using the same ingredients and recipe provided by the judges Berry and Hollywood. The recipe however is intentionally sparse and has missing instructions, as it is designed to test the knowledge and skill of the bakers. The bakers are not told beforehand what the challenge might be. The judges also judge this blind as everyone has been given the same recipe, and the judges then rank the bakers from worst to best.
- Showstopper Challenge – a bake designed to impress the judges. What the bake looks like is also taken into consideration.
In the first series, the location of the cast and crew move from town to town each week, but starting from the second series, the competition is held in one location in a specially constructed marquee. Interspersed in the programme are the background of the contestants as well as video vignettes on the history of baking. What each baker intends to bake during a particular challenge is illustrated using animated graphics. These graphics have been created by illustrator Tom Hovey since the show's inception in 2010.
|Series||Premiere||Finale||Runners-up||Winner||Average UK viewers
|1||17 August 2010||21 September 2010||Miranda Gore Browne||Edd Kimber||2.77|
|2||14 August 2011||4 October 2011||Holly Bell||Joanne Wheatley||3.95|
|3||14 August 2012||16 October 2012||Brendan Lynch||John Whaite||5.00|
|4||20 August 2013||22 October 2013||Kimberley Wilson||Frances Quinn||7.35|
|5||6 August 2014||8 October 2014||Luis Troyano||Nancy Birtwhistle||10.04|
Series 1 (2010)
Series 1 of The Great British Bake Off saw ten home bakers take part in a bake-off to test their baking skills as they battled to be crowned the Great British Bake Off's best amateur baker. Each week the nationwide tour saw the bakers put through three challenges in a particular discipline. The rounds took place in various locations across the UK, with the final being held at Fulham Palace, London.
The three finalists were Ruth Clemens, Miranda Gore Browne and Edd Kimber. On 21 September 2010, Edd Kimber was crowned the best amateur baker.
Series 2 (2011)
This year the number of amateur baker contestants increased to twelve. Unlike series 1, this year The Great British Bake Off stayed in one location – Valentines Mansion, a 17th-century mansion house in Redbridge, London.
Series 3 (2012)
Series 4 (2013)
The fourth series of The Great British Bake Off started on 20 August 2013 on BBC Two. The series was again filmed at Harptree Court in East Harptree, Somerset. The all-female final was won by Frances Quinn, with Ruby Tandoh and Kimberley Wilson as runners up.
Series 5 (2014)
The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off began airing on 6 August 2014 at 8:00pm on BBC One. This series was filmed at Welford Park in Berkshire. There were twelve bakers taking part. Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges, whilst Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc continued to present the series. Richard Burr was awarded the most number of star baker of any series so far, but was beaten by Nancy Birtwhistle in the final.
A spin-off show The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, hosted by comedienne Jo Brand on BBC Two, was also launched as a companion series this year. Each episode was broadcast two days after the main show but later moved to the same night. The show includes interviews with eliminated contestants.
Incomplete Bakes and other incidents
As of the fifth series, there have only been two incomplete bakes.
- In series 3, John Whaite was unable to complete his bake after he suffered a severe cut to his finger on the food processor. He tried to continue working on his strudel wearing a rubber glove, but the bleeding required medical attention and he therefore had to abandon the last bake. As a result, no one was eliminated that week.
- In series 4, contestant Deborah accidentally used Howard's custard instead of her own. As a result, Howard was forced to use Deborah's custard, and this was taken into account by the judges.
- In series 5, for the Baked Alaska challenge, Iain Watters' ice cream melted for reasons that were not entirely clear, although the editing of the show suggested that it had been caused by another contestant's actions. He threw his ice cream into the bin in frustration and left the tent. He returned shortly after, and as he had no cake for judging (he produced his bin instead, and the incident was labelled "bingate"), he was eliminated from the competition. The event that led to his departure provoked some anger from the viewers.
The early reviews for the first series were mixed. Lucy Mangan of The Guardian wondered if "competitive baking [is] a contradiction in terms" and found the proceedings humourless. Iain Hollingshead of The Daily Telegraph was scathing, describing the presenters as "annoying", the judge Paul Hollywood as looking "sinister without being interesting", and that the audience would be so bored that they "could certainly forgive the cameraman if he were to commit hara-kiri in a giant pool of egg and flour."
However, reviews from the later series were more positive. Andrew Collins of The Guardian called it "the nicest show on television" and judged it the best TV programme of 2012. Rachel Ward of The Daily Telegraph thought the programme "had just the right consistency of mouth-watering morsels, good humour, and fascinating history", while Tom Sutcliffe of The Independent considered the contest "perfectly baked".
From series three onwards, the show became noticeably more popular.  In series four, there were over 10,000 applicants, with ratings regularly topping six million. This was further proved by the fact that the show was transitioned to BBC One, in the same format as The Apprentice had done, and got its own spin-off show on BBC Two. The fifth series of the show attracted a substantial amount of viewers, with the final attracting over thirteen million viewers. 
Awards and nominations
The show is credited with spurring an interest in home baking, with supermarkets and department stores reporting sharp rises in sales of baking ingredients and accessories. It was also credited with reviving the Women's Institute whose membership reached its highest level since the 1970s. The show also boosted the sales of bakery books and the number of baking clubs, and independent bakeries also showed an increase in number. According to analyst, more than three fifths of adults have baked at home at least once in 2013 compared with only a third in 2011.
The first series of The Great British Bake Off premiered in August 2010 with a moderate ratings of just over 2 million viewers for its first episode. This was enough to place it in BBC Two's top ten for that week, and over the series the audience grew to over three million, with the semi-final and final both achieving first place in BBC Two's weekly ratings. During the second series, the ratings gradually increased, and it became a surprise hit with nearly 4 million watching each episode. Week two was the last time that the show was out-rated by another BBC Two programme in the same week (it came second to the drama Page Eight); from then until the show's move to BBC One, every competition episode would be the channel's number one rated programme of the week. By its final episode it had averaged 4.56 million viewers, peaking at 5.1 million in its last 15 minutes.
The ratings continued to strengthen in the third series, and the show began to beat its competition in its timeslot. The final of the series where John Whaite was crowned the winner saw its highest rating yet, with an average of 6.5 million viewers that peaked at 7.2 million, which made it the second highest-rated BBC Two originated show after Top Gear since at least 2006. The fourth series achieved some of the highest ratings seen on BBC Two. The viewer number for its premiere episode was more than two million higher than that of the previous season, while the final episode was seen by 9.1 million viewers at its peak, more than twice the number of viewers on BBC One and ITV. The final episode is the most-watched show on BBC Two since the present ratings system was introduced in 2002, beating the previous record set by Top Gear. As a result of its high ratings, the show was moved to BBC One.
After its move to BBC One, the opening episode was watched by over 7 million viewers according to overnight figures, beating the figure of 5.6 million for the opening episode of previous year. A "sabotage" controversy surrounding episode four helped the show gain its biggest ever audience of 10.3 million viewers, with 2 million people who watched it on iPlayer. The final of the show gained an overnight viewing figure of 12.29 million, then the highest viewing figure of the year for a non-sporting event on UK TV.
Product placement sanction
In September 2012, production company Love Productions was sanctioned by the BBC for product placement of Smeg fridges. The issue came to light after a viewer wrote to the Radio Times complaining of "blatant product promotion". After an investigation, the BBC said Love Production's loan agreement with Smeg did not meet editorial guidelines and was being revised for the third series, and that appropriate retrospective hire payments would be made. The BBC asked Smeg to remove a notice from its website promoting its association with the show, which it has since done.
During the fourth series, there were accusations of favouritism towards female contestants after the last man Glenn Cosby was eliminated from the show,. However, similar claims were not made the previous year over the all-male final. The fourth series also suffered allegations of Paul Hollywood's favouritism towards Ruby Tandoh, and personal attacks on Tandoh by various people including the chef Raymond Blanc. Both Paul Hollywood and Ruby Tandoh denied the accusation.
Baked Alaska controversy ("Bingate")
In the 4th episode of the fifth series, there was controversy around the expulsion of contestant Iain Watters. During the final show stopper round contestants were tasked with producing a Baked Alaska. Iain's ice cream was shown as having not set and in a show of frustration he threw his bake in the bin. The editing of the show suggested that another contestant, Diana Beard, had caused the failure by removing the ice cream from a freezer, and the perceived "sabotage" resulted in a furore on social media networks. However, various members of the cast posted comments in support of Diana and a BBC spokesman later issued a statement that "Diana removing Iain’s ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure."
A number of viewers complained to the BBC feedback show Points of View in the fifth series about the "constant smutty remarks" from the presenters Mel and Sue. This series was seen as having more innuendos than previous one; some reviewers noted the "extra pinch of saucy spice" and "the increasingly filthy-minded hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins", while the Daily Mail argued that the "smutty" innuendos made the show no long fit for family entertainment. The series 3 winner John Whaite however argued that innuendo is part of what made the show a success, while the judge Paul Hollywood described the innuendos as banter in the spirit of the Carry On films and is a part of British culture, a view shared by others.
Current and upcoming versions include:
|Australia||The Great Australian Bake Off||Shane Jacobson
|Nine Network||9 July 2013|
|Belgium (Dutch)||De MeesterBakker
(The Master Baker)
|Rani De Coninck||Sofie Dumont
|vtm||4 April 2012|
|Denmark||Den Store Bagedyst
(The Great Baking Joust)
|Timm Vladimir||Mette Blomsterberg
|DR1||28 August 2012|
|Finland||Koko Suomi leipoo
(The whole of Finland bakes)
|Anne Kukkohovi||Mika Parviainen
|MTV3||24 September 2013|
|France||Le Meilleur Pâtissier
(The Best Baker)
|Faustine Bollaert||Cyril Lignac
|26 November 2012|
|Germany||Das große Backen
(The great Baking)
|Britt Hagedorn (2013)
Meltem Kaptan (2013)
Enie van de Meiklokjes (2014)
|Enie van de Meiklokjes (2013)
|Sat.1||1 December 2013|
|Ireland||The Great Irish Bake Off||Anna Nolan||Biddy White Lennon
|TV3||19 September 2013|
|Italy||Bake Off Italia||Benedetta Parodi||Ernst Knam
|Real Time||November 2013|
|Netherlands||Heel Holland Bakt
(All of Holland bakes)
|Martine Bijl||Robèrt van Beckhoven
Janny van der Heijden
|MAX (Nederland 1)||5 June 2013|
|Norway||Hele Norge Baker
(All of Norway Bakes)
|Line Verndal||Pascal Dupuy
|TV3||10 March 2013|
|Poland||Polski Turniej Wypieków
(The Polish Baking Tournament)
|TLC||10 October 2012|
|Sweden||Hela Sverige bakar
(All of Sweden Bakes)
|Tilde de Paula||Johan Sörberg
|TV4 (Sjuan)||20 September 2012|
|Turkey||Ver Fırına||Burcu Esmersoy||Arda Türkmen
|TV8||20 October 2014|
|Ukraine||Great Bakers Tournament||Yuri Gorbunov||Serge Markovic
|1+1||1 September 2013|
|United States||The American Baking Competition||Jeff Foxworthy||Marcela Valladolid
|CBS||29 May 2013|
The Great Sport/Comic Relief Bake Off
|The Great Sport/Comic Relief Bake Off|
|Directed by||Stuart McDonald|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Love Productions|
|Original channel||BBC Two|
|Original run||10 January 2012– present|
Series 1 (Sport Relief 2012)
|1||Traybake||Meringue dessert||Wholemeal Cheese Scones||Sarah Hadland
|Angela Griffin||10 January 2012||3.52|
|2||Savoury Flan||Layered cake||Banana and chocolate chip loaves||Arlene Phillips
|Fi Glover||11 January 2012||2.79|
|3||Classic Crumble||24 miniature tarts||Coffee and Walnut cake||Anita Rani
|Anita Rani||12 January 2012||2.56|
|Episode No.||Signature Challenge||Showstopper Challenge||Technical Challenge||Finalists||Winner||Airdate||Viewers|
|4||Trio of baked biscuits||Covered Tiered occasion cake||6 Sausage Rolls||Angela Griffin
|Anita Rani||13 January 2012||3.43|
Series 2 (Comic Relief 2013)
|Episode No.||Signature Challenge||Showstopper Challenge||Technical Challenge||Contestants||Comic Relief Star Baker||Airdate||Viewers|
|1||Shortbread||Portrait Cake||Custard Slices||Jo Brand, Stephen K. Amos, Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver||Ingrid Oliver||21 January 2013||4.17|
|2||Iced Biscuits||Gateaux||Bakewell Tart||Warwick Davis, Duncan Bannatyne, Simon Reeve and Andy Akinwolere||Warwick Davis||22 January 2013||4.44|
|3||Scones||Novelty Cake||Chocolate Eclairs||Ellie Simmonds, Kirsty Wark, Julia Bradbury and Bob Mortimer||Ellie Simmonds and Kirsty Wark||23 January 2013||4.34|
|4||Chocolate Biscuits||Comic Relief Birthday Cake||Lemon Meringue Pie||Claudia Winkleman, Ed Byrne, Martha Kearney and Helen Glover||Martha Kearney||24 January 2013||4.39|
Series 3 (Sport Relief 2014)
|Episode No.||Guest host||Signature Challenge||Showstopper Challenge||Technical Challenge||Contestants||Sport Relief Star Baker||Airdate||Viewers|
|1||Sue Perkins||12 Sandwich Biscuits||3D Novelty Cake||Tarte Tatin||Michael Vaughan, Samantha Bond, Bonnie Wright and Johnny Vaughan||Bonnie Wright||13 January 2014||4.37|
|2||Jo Brand||12 Gingerbread Biscuits||Chocolate Cake||Banoffee Pie||Kirsty Young, Jane Horrocks, Greg Rutherford and Jason Gardiner||Kirsty Young||14 January 2014||5.07|
|3||Omid Djalili||Traybake||Layered Cakes||Iced Ring Dougnuts||Michael Ball, Emma Freud, Jamelia and Victoria Pendleton||Emma Freud||15 January 2014||5.02|
|4||Ed Byrne||Pizzas||Tiered Cakes||Eccles Cakes||Rochelle Humes, Alistair McGowan, Doon Mackichan and Helen Skelton||Alistair McGowan||16 January 2014||4.94|
|Series||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|1||17 August 2010||21 September 2010||6|
|2||16 August 2011||4 October 2011||8|
|3||14 August 2012||16 October 2012||10|
|4||20 August 2013||22 October 2013||10|
|5||6 August 2014||8 October 2014||10|
|Title||Start date||End date||Episodes|
|The Great British Wedding Cake||20 April 2011||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Masterclass||6 October 2011||13 October 2011||2|
|The Great British Bake Off, Revisited||20 October 2011||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Masterclass||22 October 2012||25 October 2012||3|
|The Great British Bake Off, Revisited||23 October 2012||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass||18 December 2012||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Easter Masterclass||26 March 2013||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2012||22 October 2013||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Masterclass||29 October 2013||1 November 2013||4|
|The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Special||17 December 2013||1|
|The Great British Bake Off Masterclass||9 October 2014||16 October 2014||4|
|The Great British Bake Off, Class of 2013||12 October 2014||1|
|The Great British Bake Off, Christmas Masterclass||16 December 2014||1|
- Anne Harrison, Alexandra Coghlan (5 September 2010). "Another view on The Great British Bake Off". The Guardian.
- A. S Dagnell (7 October 2013). Paul Hollywood - Bread, Buns and Baking: The Unauthorised Biography of Britain's Best-loved Baker. John Blake Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1782196655.
- "Sue Perkins: we use innuendos to calm the Bake Off contestants down". Radio Times. 6 August 2014.
- Liam O'Brien (23 October 2013). "Great British Bake Off final beats X Factor in the ratings as 9 million tune in to see winner". The Independent.
- John Plunkett. "The Great British Bake Off opener beats last year’s ratings". The Guardian.
- Rose Prince (15 October 2012). "The Great British Bake Off proves that big boys bake, too". The Daily Telegraph.
- Edd Kimber's website
- "Jo's Blue AGA". Josblueaga.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- John Whaite's website
- "'Great British Bake Off' moving to BBC One for series five". Digital Spy. 15 October 2013.
- Josie Ensor (3 Feb 2013). "TThe Great British Bake Off proves it has the recipe for success as show goes global". Daily Telegraph.
- Sarah Stephens (14 August 2012). "Behind the scenes at the Great British Bake-Off". The Daily Telegraph.
- Liv Siddall (1 November 2013). "Illustration: We interview the artist behind the Great British Bake Off, Tom Hovey". It's Nice That.
- "Tom Hovey".
- Sarah Rainey (9 December 2011). "Edd Kimber: the great British baker". The Daily Telegraph.
- Liz Thomas (5 October 2011). "Young grandmother who honed cooking skills making cakes for sons crowned Great British Bake-Off winner". The Daily Mail.
- "Food on BBC Two". 26 April 2012
- Emily Hill (13 October 20). "The fabulous Bake Off boys... as definitely NOT seen on TV!". The Daily Mail. Check date values in:
- Vicky Frost (16 October 2012). "Great British Bake Off: John Whaite is surprise winner". The Guardian.
- "Bake off is back in August". Paul Hollywood (Twitter). 22 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
- "It's easy as pie for Frances! Viewers' shock as outsider whisks her way to Bake Off victory with a rainbow picnic pie and wedding cake inspired by Shakespeare". dailymail.co.uk. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- "Great British Bake Off 2014: 10 things you need to know". The Telegraph. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
- Patrick Munn (23 July 2014). "BBC Two Orders ‘Great British Bake Off’ Companion Series Fronted By Jo Brand". TV Wise.
- Alasdair Glennie (20 September 2012). "Bloodbath at the Bake Off! Star of BBC2 show slices his finger during strudel round". The Daily Mail.
- Stephanie Weaver (4 September 2013). "Deborah’s desserts fail to impress on Great British Bake Off". Northamptonshire Telegraph.
- Hannah Ellis-Petersen (28 August 2014). "Great British Bake Off: Iain Watters speaks out as Diana Beard quits". The Guardian.
- Lucy Mangan (18 August 2010). "TV review: The Great British Bake-Off, The Making of King Arthur and Ideal". The Guardian.
- Iain Hollingshead (18 August 2010). "The Great British Bake Off, BBC Two, review". The Daily Telegraph.
- Andrew Collins (24 August 2012). "The Week in TV: The Great British Bake-Off, Red or Black? and The Last Weekend – video". The Guardian.
- Andrew Collins (17 December 2012). "Why The Great British Bake Off is the best TV programme of 2012 – video". The Guardian.
- Rachel Ward (17 August 2011). "The Great British Bake Off, BBC Two, review". The Daily Telegraph.
- Tom Sutcliffe (17 October 2012). "Last Night: The Great British Bake Off, BBC2". The Independent.
- Rose d'Or – Wettbewerbskategorien
- "2012 Television Awards Winners Announced". British Academy of Film and Television Art.
- "Arqiva British Academy Television Awards in 2013 Winners Announced". British Academy of Film and Television Art.
- "Bafta Television Awards 2013: full list of winners and nominees". Radio Times.
- "Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 - nominations in full". Radio Times.
- Roya Nikkhah (9 September 2012). "Great British Bake Off sees sales of baking goods soar". The Daily Telegraph.
- Liz Thomas (6 October 2011). "Warning, may contain nuts! Great British Bake Off viewers shocked by 'explicit' image of male squirrel". Mail Online.
- Laura Cox (9 February 2013). "The Mary Berry effect: How the Great British Bake Off revived the Women's Institute". Daily Mail.
- Sarah Rainey (12 Oct 2013). "How the Great British Bake Off changed Britain". The Daily Telegraph.
- John Plunkett (18 August 2010). "TV ratings: 2m like the taste of The Great British Bake Off". The Guardian.
- Vicky Frost (3 October 2011), "The Great British Bake Off gives BBC ratings a big rise", The Guardian
- John Plunkett (5 October 2011). "The Great British Bake Off final leaves sweet taste for 5m viewers". The Guardian.
- Jason Deans (10 October 2012). "Great British Bake Off beats Holby City with best-ever ratings". The Guardian.
- "Seven million watch The Great British Bake Off". The Daily Telegraph. 17 October 2012.
- Jake Kanter (17 October 2012). "Great British Bake Off finale peaks with 7.2m". Broadcast.
- "Great British Bake Off is a ratings hit on its return". BBC. 21 August 2013.
- John Plunkett (23 October 2013). "Great British Bake Off final: 9m watch Frances Quinn win". The Guardian.
- Georg Szalai. "BBC's 'Great British Bake Off' Ends Season 4 With Record Ratings". The Hollywood Reporter.
- John Plunkett (7 August 2014). "The Great British Bake Off opener beats last year’s ratings". The Guardian.
- Nicola Methven (5 September 2014). "Great British Bake Off draws highest ever ratings as 10.3 million viewers tune in". Mirror.
- Ben Lee (October 9, 2014). "Great British Bake Off final is most-watched non-sporting TV event of year". Digital Spy.
- "Great British Bake Off breaks BBC branding rules". BBC News. 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Great British Bake Off". Smeg UK. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Alasdair Glennie and Laura Cox (2 October 2013). "The Great British Bloke Off! Show accused of favouritism towards female contestants after last man left is eliminated". The Daily Mail.
- Emma Lowe (28 September 2013). "Is Paul sweet on Bake Off model Ruby? Viewers suggest that TV host, 47, is flirting on screen with 21-year-old contestant". The Daily Mail.
- "Paul Hollywood shocks Bake Off fans by setting them straight on train". What's on TV. 9 October 2013.
- Liam O'Brien (21 October 2013). "Raymond Blanc rows with Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh on Twitter". The Independent.
- Ruby Tandoh (22 October 2013). "The Great British Bake Off: why did our show attract so much vitriol?". The Guardian.
- Sarah Ditum (21 October 2013). "The Great British Bake-Off: Ruby Tandoh doesn't deserve this hostility". The Guardian.
- Daisy Wyatt (15 October 2013). "Paul Hollywood denies favouring Great British Bake Off's Ruby Tandoh: 'I think Kimberley's far prettier'". The Independent.
- Carl Greenwood (14 October 2013). "Great British Bake Off beauty Ruby Tandoh definitely does NOT fancy silver fox Paul Hollywood". Daily Mirror.
- "Great British Bake Off rocked by Baked Alaska 'sabotage' scandal". independent.co.uk. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- "Great British Bake Off: Paul Hollywood and Sue Perkins speak out on 'bingate'". guardian.com. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- "Great British Bake Off 2014: BBC receives over 500 ‘bingate’ complaints while #justiceforiain dominates Twitter". metro.co.uk. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
- Jason Deans (29 August 2014). "Great British Bake Off: Ofcom rules out investigation despite complaints". The Guardian.
- Jess Denham (24 September 2014). "Great British Bake Off 2014: Viewers complain about 'smutty' innuendos". The Independent.
- Matilda Battersby (8 October 2014). "Great British Bake Off innuendos: we pick our favourites". The Independent.
- Andy McFarlane (7 August 2014). "Boris Johnson's 'Commons comeback', Bake Off 'smut' and who is James Corden?". BBC.
- Andrew Billen (7 August 2014). "TV Review: The Great British Bake Off".
- Peter Dyke (27 May 2014). "Great British Bake Off: Turning up the heat - new series promises to be smuttiest yet". The Daily Star.
- Jeanette Kupfermann (24 September 2014). "Smut: The ingredient that's made Bake Off a turn-off. JEANETTE KUPFERMANN says the hit show is no longer family entertainment". Daily Mail.
- John Whaite (23 September 2014), "Soggy bottoms and hot buns: why the Bake Off thrives on innuendo", The Daily Telegraph
- Anita Singh (6 Oct 2014). "Great British Bake Off smut? It's just a bit of banter, says Paul Hollywood". Daily Telegraph.
- Martin Rowson (8 October 2014). "Why the Great British Bake Off needs a sprinkling of smut". The Guardian.
- Harry Mount (6 October 2014). "Great British Bake Off smut: Ooh, Matron! Why innuendo comes so easily for the British". The Daily Telegraph.
- "Europe whips up Bake Off adaptations". c21media.net. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- David Knox (18 October 2012). "Shane Jacobson, Anna Gare to host The Great Australian Bake Off.". tvtonight.com.au.
- Clive Whittingham (30 July 2012). "Bake Off rises in Poland, Oz". c21media.net.
- "Den Store Bagedyst".
- "Koko Suomi leipoo".
- Clive Whittingham (21 January 2013). "Netherlands, Finland set for Bake Off". c21media.net.
- "Le Meilleur Pâtissier (M6) : Une émission gourmande avec Cyril Lignac - news télé". Programme-tv.net. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "BBC bosses sell The Great British Bake-Off's smash-hit format to thirteen countries | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- Ed Waller (7 October 2012). "French Bake Off in the works". c21media.net.
- "The Great Irish Bake Off".
- "Paul Kelly to be judge on Great Irish Bake Off". Songway Films. 3 May. Retrieved 28 May 2013. Check date values in:
- "Bake Off Italia su Real Time: Benedetta Parodi giudice assieme a Ernst Knam e Clelia d'Onofrio". Realityshow.blogosfere.it. 2013-10-08. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "Italy says 'Si!' to The Great Bake Off". BBC Media Centre. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- "Heel Holland Bakt". Omroep MAX. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- Andrew Laughlin (January 2013). "'Great British Bake Off' serves up global hit for BBC". Digital Spy.
- "All Norway baker – new concept on TV3". TV3. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Norway cooks up Bake Off". 26 October 2012.
- "Villa Perlesukker". Villaperlesukker.no. 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "The Great British Bake Off - how does it translate around the world?". The Telegraph. 22 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "Polski turniej wypieków". media2.pl. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
- "Polski turniej wypiekow".
- "Hela Sverige bakar".
- "Baking tournament will surprise the audience wonders of confectionary art 1 +1". ru.tsn.ua. 16 April. Retrieved 23 June 2013. Check date values in:
- "Кастинги - Великий пекарський турнір - Кастинги". 1plus1.ua. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
- "British BBC format The Great Bake Off will be broadcast at Ukrainian TV channel 1+1". Kiev Media Week. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- Josie Ensor (3 February 2013). "The Great British Bake Off proves it has the recipe for success as show goes global". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "CBS Baking Show".
- Kate Goodacre (18 October 2012). "'The Great British Bake Off' to be remade for US audiences by CBS". Digital Spy.
- Tim Surette (14 January 2013). "Premiere date info". tv.com.
- "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
- Official website
- The Great British Bake Off at BBC Programmes
- The Great British Wedding Cake at BBC Programmes
- The Great Sport Relief Bake Off at BBC Programmes
- The Great Comic Relief Bake Off at BBC Programmes
- The Great British Bake Off at UKGameshows.com
- The Great British Bake Off at the Internet Movie Database
- The Great Sport Relief Bake Off at the Internet Movie Database