SINCE The Great British Bake Off left the BBC the corporation has searched for a replacement – but everything it has tried has felt a bit half baked by comparison.
Now I can reveal bosses are making another show which has more than a few similarities to GBBO.
The BBC are set to try again to replace the holy grail of cookery shows after losing GBBO and The Big Family Cooking Showdown, presented by Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball, failed to wow fans[/caption]
The new “on the road” series, Flour Power, will see a panel of professional bakers visit workplaces to judge employees’ baking skills.
Four staff members go head to head in each episode. And rather than having a “star baker” in a tent, the winner will be crowned “King or Queen Baker Of The Office”.
A TV insider said: “Ever since The Great British Bake Off appeared on our screens, offices across the nation have been rife with bake-offs among their staff in fierce competition.
“The Beeb is keen to tap into this phenomenon in a bid to capture some of the magic of Bake Off. It is convinced this tweaked format might do the trick.”
The new series Flour Power will be the Beeb’s third attempt, after The Big Family Cooking Showdown and Britain’s Best Cook came out half baked in comparison[/caption]
Flour Power is expected to air later this year, with hosts still to be confirmed.
It is the latest in a line of cooking programmes the BBC has launched after losing Bake Off to Channel 4 in 2016 — including Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball’s The Big Family Cooking Showdown from 2017 and Mary Berry and Claudia Winkleman’s Britain’s Best Cook in 2018.
The constant reinvention goes against the BBC’s new Chairman David Clementi saying he would be “very disappointed” to see the channel try to replicate the old favourite.
But let’s face it, the Beeb was always going to try to do a take off of Bake Off.
Steady on, Katie
CORONATION Street’s Katie McGlynn would have trouble walking on the cobbles in these high heels.
She stepped out in stilettos and a leather dress to join pals at the Peter Street Kitchen restaurant in Manchester.
Coronation Street star Katie McGlynn stepped out in killer heels as she took a break from playing cancer victim Sinead Tinker[/caption]
I can’t blame her for taking a break from the demands of playing cancer victim Sinead Tinker in the ITV soap.
But fans fearing the illness could spell the end for Katie have been given hope after she signed a new deal.
IAIN Stirling’s comedy show CelebAbility returns for a second series to ITV2 this summer with new formats, new celebrities and Queen of the Jungle Scarlett Moffatt captaining the challenger team each week.
Jason’s taking the Mike
JASON Watkins used some surprising inspiration for his upcoming role as former PM Harold Wilson.
He turned to old footage of 1970s impersonator Mike Yarwood to perfect his performance in the third series of The Crown, set to air on Netflix this autumn.
Jason Watkins has drawn some surprising inspiration to master his Harold Wilson impression for the upcoming series of The Crown[/caption]
Jason, below, said: “I watched hours and hours of Wilson giving speeches and making TV appearances and interviews, as well as taking a look at Mike Yarwood’s interpretation.
“The Prime Minister was his best known impersonation and it really was very well observed, though I haven’t copied it. I’ve not gone for some of the more extreme characteristics.”
Mike, now 77, was one of The Queen’s favourite TV stars. And he was invited by Wilson into No10 to do his imitation of the Labour leader as it was such an accurate take.
But when Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in The Crown, he should probably avoid recreating Mike’s hammy version of the royal.
He has turned to footage of Mike Yarwood’s well-known interpretation of the Prime Minister[/caption]
IN Coronation Street Imran accuses Carla of covering up the truth about the factory roof collapsing, and Robert forces her to come clean at Rana’s memorial.
Meanwhile, Sally thanks Gina for saving Tim’s life, Sinead spots a business opportunity, and a scary sight meets Chesney when he gets home.
In Eastenders cash-strapped Phil enlists Keanu and Billy’s help with the money-laundering scheme.
Elsewhere, Ruby prepares for court and Tiffany asks Jack to get a letter to Evie.
Bound to bring the house down
SARAH Beeny is to appear in a new run of comedy show Lee And Dean.
The Property Ladder host will play herself in the Channel 4 series about two builders – back on April 11 – as she presents them with an award at a trade show.
Sarah Beeny is set to appear in a new series of Lee And Dean[/caption]
WHAT? Room 101, BBC1, 8.30pm.
WHY? New series sees celebs select the people, events and objects that upset them the most. This week’s stars include ex- Doctor Who assistant Pearl Mackie.
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