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17 October 2017, 16:51
Soggy bottoms are just the beginning...
Remember when we wondered if The Great British Bake Off would survive leaving the BBC? Would the move to Channel 4 mean it would need to become 'cool'? Could we ever learn to love Prue, Noel and Sandi in the same way we loved Mary, Mel and Sue?
Thankfully, such concerns vanished as soon as GBBO 2017 started off. The tent was the same, the music was the same, even the opening titles were the same. Hey, what can we say, we fear change.
This year's crop of amateur bakers have also been key to the show's continued success, with some brilliant, talented personalities in the mix. And the new awesome foursome of Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi are clearly enjoying themselves more as the weeks go by and they get to know each other better.
One aspect of Bake Off which has gone from strength this year is the show's infamous innuendos. Those suggestive comments and moments which can appear innocent unless, like us, you have a filthy mind. It's a British tradition stretching back to the Carry On films and beyond. Here's the best ones of this series so far...
1. JULIA'S SNAIL SHOWSTOPPER
At least Julia had the good grace to look mortified when presenting this monstrosity.
Oh my! [Picture: Love Productions/Channel 4]
2. STEVEN'S SNAG.
"This is going to be one massive sausage." Alright Steven, nobody likes a bragger.
3. STACEY'S BREAD WEEK BANTER
"Two fingers," said Stacey. "I just know how Paul does it." Okaaayy...
4. PRUE JOINS IN
During the Bread Week technical challenge, Paul was explaining his methods to Prue on how to make a cottage loaf. "The way that we do that and the way I do it is to drive my finger right the way through to the tray underneath" which led Prue to ask "Do you flour your finger?" The minx!
Covering his face and laughing, Paul replied: "I could oil it."
5. STEVEN'S SUMMARY OF THE TEMPERATURE IN THE TENT:
6. YAN'S 'INTERESTING' PUDDING LAYOUT
"If you're going to serve a cake, serve it phallic." [Picture: Love Productions/Channel 4]
7. TOM'S EXERTIONS
"Tom is having to work his flapping bag twice as hard." Good Lord!
8. STACEY GETS A PIZZA THE ACTION
9. SANDI'S RAISED EYEBROW SAYS IT ALL...
10. JAMES's OFFER TO 'DIP HIS NUTS'
OK, we think we need a lie-down after all that..