If you think the story of Great Britain’s Bake Off is sweet as a candy. Think again. The rise and Fall of the GBBO on BBC is a dramatic story that resulted in the show’s move from BBC to Channel4.
In an interview with Thomas Heurlin, the creator Richard McKerrow will tell the inside story about why the show moved from BBC to Channel 4 and the exciting rise of Bake Off’s unexpected worldwide success.
Richard McKerrow is not your idea of a typical entertainment executive. A former print journalist, writing for the left-leaning US-magazine The Nation, McKerrow started out as a documentary-maker committed to using the power of television and film for social change. Many of his company’s (Love Productions) programmes and formats have been devoted to social issues like poverty, teen pregnancy, disability, homelessness, multiculturalism and other aspects of social justice. He is the person you would least expect to develop and produce one of the world’s most popular entertainment shows.
But according to Richard Bake Off has arguably become one of Love Productions most radical and important shows ever. He recently told The Times: “I think 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 fete thing, but it’s actually radically anti-Brexit in my view.” He said that the show, which features a very broad cast of multicultural and age and sexuality diverse contestants has had great social impact in the way it helps to break down stereotypes and prejudices.