Mel and Sue almost quit Bake Off over plans to make it more dramatic

Published Wednesday, Sep 30 2015, 16:01 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Mel and Sue almost quit Great British Bake Off over plans to follow in the footsteps of X Factor and focus on contestants' sob stories.

What we love about The Great British Bake Off is that despite being a reality show, it's free from all the usual dramas that come with filming a bunch of strangers in pressurised conditions, (well, apart from the infamous Bin Gate incident) leaving us to focus purely on what matters most, cakes and pies. Lovely.

The Great British Bake Off, BBC2, Mel and Sue, Tue 20 Aug

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However it turns out that we have the shows presenters, Mel and Sue, to thank for the easygoing format. Sue has revealed that back in the early days of the competition, there were plans to include dramatic X Factor style sob stories and turn the Bake Off tent into a platform for the next round of reality stars, probably.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Sue admitted she and Mel walked off the set during the filming of the very first series because of the attempts to create a whole load of drama, which had left contestants in tears.

"We felt uncomfortable with it, and we said 'We don't think you've got the right presenters'," said Sue. "I'm proud that we did that, because what we were saying was 'Let's try and do this a different way' – and no one ever cried again.

"Maybe they cry because their soufflé collapsed, but nobody's crying because someone's going 'Does this mean a lot about your grandmother?' Many the bakers have sad stories, but guess what? We never touch on any of them."

Never change, Bake Off. No-one wants to see a perfect bake being sacrificed over a complicated love triangle, do they?

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