More than 10 million tune in to first episode of Bake Off

‘The Great British Bake Off’ attracted an average of 10.4 million viewers as it returned for a seventh series – a record opener for the BBC One show.

The premiere captured nearly half (47.5%) of the UK’s total TV viewing audience in the 8pm to 9pm time slot on Wednesday (August 24), with a peak audience of 11.2 million at 8.50pm.

That means it beat the most-watched moments of the Rio 2016 Olympics, which peaked at 11.1 million viewers, the BBC said

Twelve of the country’s best amateur bakers were seen entering the Bake Off tent, tackling drizzle cakes, Jaffa cakes and a genoise sponge. Over the next nine weeks their cake-baking, pastry, bread-making and patisserie skills will be tested to the limit. 

All the challenges are devised by cookery writer Mary Berry and acclaimed Master Baker Paul Hollywood, who judge and taste their efforts. The series is presented by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.

Next week’s episode focuses on biscuits. The bakers start with a signature challenge to make 24 identical decorated biscuits, followed by a technical challenge that requires perfect piping to avoid a crumbling whirl. The showstopper challenge requires precision baking to build a biscuit structure that reveals a little more about each of the bakers.


l-r: Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry

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