The Great British Bake Off ‘is undergoing a back to basics revamp for new series after a slew of viewer complaints’
The Great British Bake Off is reportedly set to undergo a ‘back to basics’ revamp after the last series failed to impress viewers.
Fans would have complained about the complicated nature of some of the tasks – such as the Halloween lantern that had to be a pinata – and the time constraints of the ‘mission impossible’.
A source told The mirror bosses have decided to link things back for the next series and contestants will have more classic baking tasks.
They said, ‘There’s a realization that last year’s show didn’t really work. We’re going to take it back to basics, with a few twists.”
MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment.
Change: The Great British Bake Off will reportedly undergo a ‘back to basics’ revamp after the last series failed to impress viewers
Complaints: Viewers allegedly complained about the complicated nature of some of the tasks (winner Syabira Yusoff pictured)
It comes after the boss of production company Love Productions, which makes Bake Off, insisted he took viewer criticism on board.
He told The Media Podcast, “I’d be the first to raise our hands and say I don’t think the last series was our strongest.
“You have to take a look and say, “Sh*t, are the challenges too complicated?”
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s the best series possible.”
The series 14 finale – in which Syabira Yusoff was crowned the winner – was watched by 5.2 million viewers, up from 7.2 million for series 13.
During the series 14 final, Syabira defeated stiff competition from Abdul Rehman Sharif, 29, and Sandro Farmhouse, 30, in what turned out to be a very tricky final for the trio – especially the technical challenge.
After presenter Matt Lucus called her name, a delighted Syabira said her win was the “greatest achievement of my life.”
Judge Paul Hollywood praised Syabira after her win, saying, “Some of the flavors we’ve never had in the place before and probably won’t get again, she’s an incredible baker.”
A source said: ‘There’s a realization that last year’s show didn’t really work. We’re going to take it back to basics, with a few twists’
Paul and fellow judge Prue Leith are expected to return for the new series alongside presenter Noel Fielding.
Matt Lucas confirmed in December that he had left the show after three series, but a replacement for him has not yet been named.
In a statement, Matt cited his heavy workload as the reason he quit Bake Off, saying he wouldn’t have time to host it alongside his work on Fantasy Football League.
He wrote: ‘Goodbye Bake Off! It’s been a lovely experience and I can’t imagine a nicer way to spend my summers.
Duo: The comedian, 48, has co-hosted the Channel 4 show with Noel Fielding (pictured) since 2020 but has decided his time on the program is over
“But it has become clear to me that I cannot present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.
So after three series and 51 episodes, I happily pass the baguette on to someone else.
“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Love Productions and Channel 4, as well as Noelipops, Paul, Dame Prue, the crew and of course the wonderful bakers for welcoming me to the tent.
“I wish whoever takes over all the best and can’t wait to tune into the next series without knowing who won already!”