Great British Bake Off final watched by 9.1 million

 

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The Great British Bake Off is BBC Two's most-watched programme in a decade, after an average 8.4 million viewers saw Frances Quinn win series four.

Clothes designer Quinn, 31, said she was "in complete and utter shock" after beating psychologist Kimberley Wilson and former model Ruby Tandoh.

She impressed judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood with her wedding cake, inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream.

At its peak, some 9.1 million people tuned in to Tuesday night's finale.

The episode - which also saw the amateur bakers making pretzels and picnic pie - secured double the audience tuning into the Uefa Champions League football match which was broadcast on ITV at the same time.

The hit show, which moves to BBC One next series, beat the record held by a 2007 episode of Top Gear, by more than 400,000 viewers.

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She not only gave us the style, she gave us the substance too and that cake - each layer - superb. ”

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Bake Off presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins had billed Quinn, who lives in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, as "the most creative baker to ever set foot in the tent".

She said she was looking forward to celebrating with family and friends, after having to keep her win under wraps since recording the final episode during the summer.

"I've been back at work and trying to keep a poker face," said Quinn.

"I remember watching the Wimbledon final the following week and getting so emotional... and thinking at least Andy Murray doesn't have to hide his trophy under his bed for the next three months."

Quinn said she was shocked to hear her name: "I don't think I could speak for a little while. It was so close, such a close final," she said.

However she insisted there was no antagonism between the all-female finalists.

"We all get on. People want to feel there was more competition than was the case," she said.

Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc and Mary Berry The judges and hosts all wear special heated belts to keep them warm while filming in the famous marquee

"The emotions you go through in that tent - you never want to see anyone get that criticism. Outside the tent we're just supportive of each other."

Hollywood called Quinn "a deserving winner", who beat the others "hands down" in the showstopper round.

"She not only gave us the style, she gave us the substance too and that cake actually, each layer, superb," he said.

Fellow judge Berry added: "She has attention to detail, she's got excellent flavours, her baking improved as each week went by. We're very proud of her."

Quinn said she was not thinking of leaving her design job, although she has already been approached by agents and hopes to produce a book.

"Work has been so, so supportive. I'm not going to say yay or nay to anything at the moment, I've got a mortgage to pay," she said.

"The baking market is completely saturated so I don't want to do a book that's anything like one that's already out there. I'd like to create a book that's got all my rough sketches and ideas."

"I don't know what the future is going to hold but it does excite me. What I'd love to do is combine both passions, baking and design."

'Vitriol and misogyny'

Meanwhile runner-up Tandoh, 21, has hit back at the "nastiness" the show and its contestants were subjected to, in a piece written for The Guardian.

"Despite the saccharin sweetness of the Bake Off, an extraordinary amount of bitterness and bile has spewed forth every week from angry commentators, both on social media and in the press," she wrote.

Ruby Tandoh The show's youngest contestant Ruby Tandoh, 21, was often criticised for "teenage" behaviour

"Many took to Twitter decrying the demise of the show, voicing their hatred for certain bakers, and asserting (week after week!) that they would 'never watch it again' if X or Y got through that episode."

The amateur baker - who recently received a first class honours degree in philosophy - said the criticism ranged from "gently cynical" to "downright obnoxious", and as the series went on she noticed "an increasing amount of personal vitriol and misogyny".

Tandoh, who chef Raymond Blanc suggested was too thin to enjoy food, said she was "tired" of defending herself against the "boring, inevitable accusations of flirting with Paul Hollywood, of emotionally manipulating the judges and of somehow surfing into the final on a tidal wave of tears".

She added: "So much of the criticism levelled at the bakers is gender-specific. My self-doubt has been simultaneously labelled pathetic, fake, attention-seeking and manipulative."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 42.

    "dg
    It always amazes me that when something is successful on BBC2, it has to be moved to BBC1 !"

    Yes, for some reason broadcasters overlook the fact we all have TV remote controls these days and don't leave the TV tuned just to one channel.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 41.

    30.RYGnotB
    13 Minutes ago
    24. CURTAINS 2012
    There was; Scrapyard Challenge and Robot Wars. But agree it would be interesting to see another engineering-based show on our screens.

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    Thanks for reminder RYGnotB. My mind is very open and the wind had blown through it.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 40.

    Great show, well done too the BBC
    The presenters are fantastic and make it a light heart but serious cooking completion…
    I do feel the Mr Hollywood got to close to Ruby but he has a reputation for falling for the women!! He calls her Ru in the show and always winks after making comment around he cooking area.. naughty Boy tut tut….

  • rate this
    -18

    Comment number 39.

    I'm always suspicious of accolades awarded to young people for a bit of publicity stunt. I was very surprise BBC presenter Stephanie McGovern was once awarded Young Engeneer award but she never took up a career as an engineer butcomes across as daft as brush. Anyone can come up with an idea and that was credited for an award. I bet my pet dog probably puke up if he ate what these ladies baked.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 38.

    15.theendisnigh
    23 Minutes ago
    It's nice to know that with all that's going on in the world, the BBC would still prefer us to comment on a cake making competition.

    What? you mean there is other news more worthy than a high viewing, not only cake, competition? that many millions enjoyed! Please think before posting. HYS isn't just solely for you.

  • rate this
    +13

    Comment number 37.

    I adore bake off. As a 34 year old rugby playing father of two little ones there is nothing I like better than baking with my two and enjoying the cakes of our labour! Frances had to win, the other two cakes were so disappointing for a final. It was the worst standard of baking in a final I have seen so far.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 36.

    Bossuk, there is a big difference between carefully measuring a specific ingredient, and measuring everything. Baking is part science and part sensuary based. On many occassions ingredients were carefully measured, and then extra this or that added, as the mix was too wet or dry, so careful measuring was not required. Mary and Paul always stated, you have to judge the mix and adapt.

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    Comment number 35.

    26.Daniel V
    It's nice to know that with all that's going on in the world, the BBC would still give us the option to also comment on a cake making competition to wind down. Because after all, in every day of the history of mankind there was something awful happening in the world.


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    It isn't mandatory that we concentrate only on the awful things, Let's celebrate the good things too.

  • rate this
    -15

    Comment number 34.

    Is this news?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 33.

    We were all rooting for Frances Quinn in my yard and raised the roof when she won. As for Mel and Sue this is the first thing I've enjoyed watching them in I think they do a spiffing job!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 32.

    I was elated when it was announced that Frances had won! I phoned my 80 year old mum immediately who apparently shouted “hooray” (out loud) when she had watched the results. Frances deserved to win and not just because she seemed such a lovely person. Her bakes were brilliant!

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    +14

    Comment number 31.

    Three great finalists, and a great show this year, Pity about the trolls on Twitter, getting too much support and spoiling life for the hard working contestants, then the media jumping on the band wagon. I suppose that's the result of boredom, and sadly, the lack of respect the UK is now becoming known for.

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 30.

    24. CURTAINS 2012
    There was; Scrapyard Challenge and Robot Wars. But agree it would be interesting to see another engineering-based show on our screens.

  • rate this
    -19

    Comment number 29.

    Competitive baking - how wonderful !!!

    It's almost as good as competitive sewing (Sewing Bee).

    What next I wonder ?

    Competition Hoovering ?

    Celebrity Washing Up ?

    Strictly Ironing ?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 28.

    4. Trytastic
    Actually, both Paul and Mary mentioned several times during the bake off shows that weighing your ingredients in some cases is vitally important as being just a little bit off can ruin your bake.

    But I suppose Paul and Mary don't count as true bakers?

  • rate this
    +14

    Comment number 27.

    It always amazes me that when something is successful on BBC2, it has to be moved to BBC1 !

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 26.

    It's nice to know that with all that's going on in the world, the BBC would still give us the option to also comment on a cake making competition to wind down. Because after all, in every day of the history of mankind there was something awful happening in the world.

  • rate this
    +9

    Comment number 25.

    Absolutely the best ever cookery show on TV and rightly deserves BBC1 placing. Mary Berry is truly amazing and Paul Hollywood knows his craft. It is a joy to watch, even though, for me, reality TV is past it's sell-by date.

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    +17

    Comment number 24.

    We've had kitchen-based competion, stage and dance-floor based competions. How about a workshop-based competition to encourage the amateur engineers?

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    Comment number 23.

    19. Matilda M

    Viewing figures are no indicator of quality, the X Factor is a case in point and so are soaps.

 

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