The Great British Bake Off final review: Nude baking, Noel? It’s a surprise it’s not been on Channel 4 already, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS

The Great British Bake Off final review: Nude baking, Noel? It’s a surprise it’s not been on Channel 4 already, writes CHRISTOPHER STEVENS

The Nice British Bake Off

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Superstar Antiques Street Journey

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Some concepts ought by no means to be spoken aloud, even in jest. It is too harmful. You do not know who’s listening.

Noel Fielding, welcoming contestants Matty, Josh and Dan to the tent for the final time on The Nice British Bake Off (Channel 4), joked, ‘That is the ultimate, so the judges would really like you to bake within the nude.’

That is the quintessential Channel 4 idea. Now Noel has prompt the format, it’s inevitable. The broadcaster is already having fun with a runaway hit within the U.S. with its full-frontal relationship present, Bare Attraction – conceived as a unusual one-off however now in its eighth yr.

The one shock is that nude baking is not already a Channel 4 fixture, beneath a banner comparable to Nice British Baps And Buns maybe?

Matty duly triumphed, regardless of coming final within the technical spherical

As in the past few years on Bake Off, the final was a bit of an anti-climax, compared to last week's heart-in-mouth penultimate round

As prior to now few years on Bake Off, the ultimate was a little bit of an anti-climax, in comparison with final week’s heart-in-mouth penultimate spherical

Bake Off already provides a wealthy recipe for innuendos. Decide Prue Leith’s inadvertent double entendre within the first episode was nonetheless inflicting hilarity because it was replayed at first of this last: admiring one feminine contestant’s animal-themed cake, Dame Prue stated, ‘So, Nicky, inform us about your beaver.’

There isn’t any restrict to how smutty a unadorned model might be. Each reference to soggy bottoms may deliver an Ofcom inquiry.

The jokes quickly disappeared, pushed away by the strain contained in the marquee and, as a rainstorm raged outdoors, the criticisms turned progressively extra savage. ‘Very soggy,’ growled Paul as he prodded Dan’s eclairs. ‘You’ve got destroyed it by including an excessive amount of cream.’

Matty was advised his cherry decorations on a Black Forest eclair appeared ‘ridiculous’, and Dan’s lardy cake was in comparison with King Alfred’s: ‘Overbaked and too dry.’

That was a praise, in comparison with the battering Dan’s showstopper obtained. ‘These macarons are horrible,’ Paul complained. ‘I would not even trouble placing them on.’

Josh’s progress in the direction of the trophy appeared so inexorable that Noel proposed the one technique to cease him was to place him in hospital. However his concluding bake proved a deadly disappointment: ‘Lower than his typical customary,’ determined Prue. Matty duly triumphed, regardless of coming final within the technical spherical.

The series has maintained a consistently high standard, boosted by the arrival of Alison Hammond , who radiates a genuine sense of cheerful enjoyment

The collection has maintained a persistently excessive customary, boosted by the arrival of Alison Hammond , who radiates a real sense of cheerful enjoyment

As prior to now few years on Bake Off, the ultimate was a little bit of an anti-climax, in comparison with final week’s heart-in-mouth penultimate spherical. However the collection has maintained a persistently excessive customary, boosted by the arrival of Alison Hammond, who radiates a real sense of cheerful enjoyment. After the yr she’s endured on This Morning, weekends on Bake Off should have come as scrumptious reduction.

Gemma Collins could be Alison’s religious twin. They’re each graduates of actuality TV – La Hammond from Huge Brother, the G.C. (as she refers to herself) from TOWIE. They usually each have fairground voices, the type of increase that is audible over any crowd.

Gemma was roaming the bric-a-brac outlets of Essex with DJ Melvin Odoom in a classic Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, on a Superstar Antiques Street Journey (BBC2). The Rolls broke down, and this clapped-out format appears unlikely to cross its subsequent MOT too.

Gemma was roaming the bric-a-brac shops of Essex with DJ Melvin Odoom

Gemma was roaming the bric-a-brac outlets of Essex with DJ Melvin Odoom

It was at all times an oddity, the Beeb’s try at a little bit of low-budget wackiness. Tim Wonnacott’s voiceover is as camp and realizing as Frankie Howerd studying aloud from a Sotheby’s catalogue.

Although the Street Journey is approaching journey’s finish, the G.C. is a trouper and gave it her full vitality. She taught the antiques specialists to do fist-bumps, and haggled as if the cash have been popping out of her personal pocket.

Throwing in a lesson in female wiles, she opened her eyes vast and flashed a brassy smile. It made her appear to be Wager Lynch warning off a difficult buyer within the Rovers.

Seasoned professional of the night time

Telly’s best-loved swinger, Jacqueline from Benidorm (Janine Duvitski), made a cameo look in wife-swapping thriller The Couple Subsequent Door (Channel 4). 

It is simple to guess her recommendation to the neighbours – cease all this flirting and simply get on with it! 

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