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Bake Off bosses employed comic scriptwriters after fears hosts weren't 'funny enough' - report

Apparently there were concerns "there weren't enough laughs" between Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

The Great British Bake Off bosses reportedly enlisted the help of comic scriptwriters after worrying that hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding "weren't funny enough".

According to The Sun, executives were so determined that the programme had to be as close to perfect as possible that they employed Dawson Bros to inject some more humour to the show.

"There just wasn’t the right natural chemistry between them and it was decided there weren’t enough laughs either," a show source told the newspaper. "It’s hugely embarrassing for Noel and Sandi, but the producers and Channel 4 were determined for the show to be perfect and didn’t want to take any chances."

The insider added that Noel and Sandi were forced to reshoot several links after they were rewritten.

Dawson Bros comprises brothers Steve and Andrew Dawson and their friend Tim Inman, who have written for Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and The Jonathan Ross Show as well as penning sketches for Comic Relief for stars including Daniel Craig, Russell Brand and Kate Moss.

And the company's involvement in the show was confirmed to The Sun by sources close to the programme's makers Love Productions.

“It’s common industry practice to use writers and lots of TV shows do it," the source explained. "Bake Off brought some experienced people on board ahead of the relaunch to try out new ideas.

"But we wanted to use original material by Sandi and Noel as much as possible."

Despite there being concerns that The Great British Bake Off in its new home on Channel 4 wouldn't be as successful as it was on the BBC, it is already showing great promise. Viewing figures from the premiere on Tuesday night (29Aug17) showed that 6.78 million viewers tuned in at the show's peak.

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