The Great British Bake Off was given a retrospective by host Sue Perkins during the 2019 BBC Radio 2 breakfast show and had a “most unlikely duo” as hosts in Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.
After being revealed as hosts of the next series of the show, the pair were welcomed by Perkins with a verse of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
“This new year is a magical one, and we now bring you the latest edition of the greatest TV programme of all time, “said Perkins.
Leith was quick to jump in with: “I also share a profound belief, that the best television is actually the real ones.”
Hollywood, meanwhile, noted: “We hope this year we don’t stir up any controversy or argue too much.”
It also brought the biggest surprise so far: Leith and Hollywood suggested that Mary Berry would be returning to the show as the judge.
“Mary Berry should not be part of it just because it’s a revamp,” Hollywood said. “If anyone wants to change something, I’ll gladly step aside. But Mary isn’t coming back.”
Berry has previously stated that she would not be returning to the show for its new series on the BBC – but if she isn’t, perhaps Berry may step in to join the pair?
“Let’s see, we’ll see, let’s see…” Leith joked.
“She would be a lovely judge, as would Mel and Sue,” Hollywood replied.
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(Leith, Hollywood and Perkins)
Many fans have wondered why the show would feature two hosts: Louisa Lytton and Julie Etchingham tweeted that the two “preferred” having Leith and Hollywood both “in the mix”.
Leith was also asked whether she felt confident in a constructive argument with Hollywood on the show, to which she pointed out that they already had plenty of sparring in real life.
“It’s always good fun,” Leith said. “He’s funny, isn’t he? He’s hilarious. Sometimes he’s just immensely, incredibly annoying.
“But overall he’s quite a bit of fun.”
Since the show ended in 2016, Collins has been heavily promoting her new cookery books and Leith has been touring restaurants and teaching cooking classes.
The Great British Bake Off airs on Wednesdays on BBC One.
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