Great British Bake Off cuts back on innuendo and adds vegan week in new series

Great British Bake Off will cut back on the innuendo this year, the show’s judges have revealed.


It’s time to say goodbye to soggy bottoms with fewer crude jokes in the new series.

Judge Paul Hollywood said: “I think innuendo is funny. I suppose it’s been part of Bake Off for a few years, but it’s not the be all and end all in Bake Off. Maybe we should do an outakes thing after 11pm.”

Returning for her second series in the tent, Paul’s co-star Prue Leith added: “We don’t cook them up, they just happen.”

Paul and Prue have also overhauled the challenges, with new themes including vegan week.

Paul said: “I wanted to go back to basics to a point, because I think leading up to the technical challenges last year people were saying to me, ‘I can’t do that I’ve never even heard of it.’

“Which is fair enough, but we want the general public to actually bake. Some of the challenges we’ve reigned in and given that little bit more information on the more challenging ones.”


He continued on the new themes: “We wanted something different and something to represent what was happening in this country and veganism is something that seems to be growing and we wanted to represent it on Bake Off this year.

“There is also a Danish week, I thought it would be quite apt this year, especially with Sandy.

“Veganism is fascinating. You’ve still got to judge it on the same criteria as you would for non vegan – it’s got to taste good, period.”

Meanwhile, Prue says she’ll prove to be a harsher judge in her second series.

“I think because I am more relaxed, and a little bit more confident, I think I have been straighter,” she said. “Last series I would say lots of things that were nice before I would ever say anything nasty.”


Alongside Prue and Paul, new hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will also be back to host the show.

The Great British Bake off starts next Tuesday, August 28 at 8PM on Channel 4.