Ant and Dec: 'C4 Bake Off won't reach heights of BBC'

Sam Warner
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From Digital Spy

Speculation about whether Channel 4's Great British Bake Off will be any good after the show's controversial move from the BBC has been non-stop over the past few months.

The new line-up of Prue Leith, Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding alongside veteran Paul Hollywood has been divisive to say the least.

The latest to weigh in on the very important matter are none other than TV giants Ant and Dec, who have argued that while the show will be a "hit", it wouldn't quite be the success it was on the BBC.

"Bake Off will be a hit in Channel 4 terms but I don't think it will ever reach the heights it has on the BBC just because it won't," The Mirror quotes Ant as saying.

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"I love the show, I am a big fan of the show, I think it is great."

Dec said it would be "a different kind of show" on Channel 4, especially as there is "a huge curiosity factor".

"Sandi [Toksvig] and Noel [Fielding] are an intriguing combination as hosts which is what I think Channel 4 set out to do," he added. "I will certainly watch but I am not as big a fan as Ant."

While Prue, Sandi and Noel will be replacing favourites Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins on the new version, it hasn't exactly been the smoothest ride.

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Prue recently revealed that she has been given round-the-clock security, explaining: "On the day that they announced who the line-up was, they wanted to send a close protection officer.

"I said, 'Don't be ridiculous, we absolutely do not need a copper standing there looking.'

"But they said, 'No, no, no, we really must just to be on the safe side.' What did they think is going to happen? I'm not likely to be trolled. This is a nice family show."

"When I got home that night at 11 at night, there's a chap in a van, a security guard," she added. "They sent somebody down to the country to look after me."

The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 later this year.

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