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Channel 4's Bake Off wins over viewers

Many viewers had been determined not to like the show, due to the absence of Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.

The Great British Bake Off was widely praised by viewers upon its debut on Channel 4 on Tuesday night (29Aug17).

The programme hit headlines earlier this year when Channel 4 poached it from the BBC after a fierce bidding war. Judge Mary Berry and presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc all opted to stay with the BBC while Paul Hollywood moved with the show to its new home, where he was joined by new fellow judge Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

The series premiered on Tuesday and received mainly positive feedback from viewers, many of whom had been initially determined not to like it due to the absence of Mary, Mel, and Sue.

"The new series of #GBBO is already better than the last. The new team is fab," one fan wrote on Twitter, while another added, "Watching #GBBO with pursed lip and squinty eye. Sceptical, but so far so good!"

A third viewer tweeted: "Didn't see that coming. New series of #GBBO is fab. It's got pace, rhythm and a delicious eclectic presentation team. What's not to like?"

When it came to down sides of the rebooted show, the ad breaks were a sticking point for many. It was reported earlier this year that each episode would have a record-breaking 17 minutes of adverts, and many struggled to cope with the extended breaks considering that the BBC's Bake Off had no commercials.

"Nothing kills momentum quite like an ad break. #GBBO," one viewer commented, while another added, "Not a fan of the ads I've now got to sit through every 5 minutes #GBBO."

Essex-born IT manager Peter, 52, was the first shown the door from the baking contest, after failing to impress the judges with several errors during his three bakes.

"Maybe I could have done things differently but I just really enjoyed meeting everyone," he said after his exit.

Meanwhile, marketing manager Steven earned the first Star Baker title of the series after wowing with a cake that looked like a sandwich.

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