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Bake-Off has ‘radical anti-Brexit’ message, says producer

The Great British Bake Off’s multicultural contestants have created a ‘radically anti-Brexit’ competition, the programme’s co-creator has said.

Producer Richard McKerrow claimed that the show, which features several foreign and ethnic minority contestants, helps break down stereotypes and prejudices.

‘I think that Bake Off is more radical than any programme we’ve ever done because it doesn’t know it’s radical, because it looks like this incredible English country fête thing, but it’s actually radically anti-Brexit in my view,’ he told The Times.

Producer Richard McKerrow claimed that the Great British Bake Off, which features several foreign and ethnic minority contestants, helps break down stereotypes and prejudices

Viewers who might not have contact with other cultures saw Nadiya Hussain win the hearts of Britain in 2015, and the diverse bakers in the current series continued the trend of breaking down barriers, Mr McKerrow, 53, said.

‘Friends of mine used to say, ‘Oh my god, my parents who are slightly prejudiced, they love Nadiya, how have you done that?’ You see it again this year with Yan, with Liam, with Selasi,’ he told The Times.

‘It takes the prejudice out of anybody,’ he added. ‘It’s very multicultural.’

He urged, however, that the anti-Brexit message was unintentional, saying that those things only happen ‘by accident’.

Viewers who might not have contact with other cultures saw Nadiya Hussain win the hearts of Britain in 2015, and the diverse bakers in the current series (pictured above) continued the trend of breaking down barriers

Viewers who might not have contact with other cultures saw Nadiya Hussain win the hearts of Britain in 2015, and the diverse bakers in the current series (pictured above) continued the trend of breaking down barriers

More than 10milion viewers are expected to tune in for next week’s finale, which marks the first final since Bake Off switched to Channel 4.

The number is down from the 14million who watched the last final on BBC, but it would still be Channel 4’s biggest series final in more than six year.

Viewers will watch contestants Sophie Faldo, Steven Carter-Bailey and Kate Lyon compete for the Bake Off crown.

Many viewers, however, have said that this year’s three finalists were the more boring yet, and several said the three best contestants – Liam, Yan and Julia – had already left the tent.

Contestant Liam Charles delighted fans with his laid-back quips and impressive flavouring skills throughout the Channel 4 Contest.

Mr McKerrow is hoping the viewership will increase in 2018 after judges Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood proved to be a hit

Mr McKerrow is hoping the viewership will increase in 2018 after judges Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood proved to be a hit

Mr McKerrow, who brought Bake Off to the BBC in 2010 before moving to Channel 4, said the show’s success ‘gives me hope for the country’.

He’s hoping the viewership will increase in 2018 after judges Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood proved to be a hit.

The Great British Bake Off series final will air at 8pm next Tuesday on Channel 4.

Channel 4 is relaunching Bake Off: The Professionals next year, and has also poached the Bake Off spin-off Crème de la Crème from the BBC.

Meanwhile, The Big Family Cooking Showdown, hosted by Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain and Zoe Ball, is being touted as the BBC’s new answer to GBBO. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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