Bake Off fans praise Channel 4 show for bringing comfort amid grief for Queen

The Great British Bake Off viewers have praised the show for bringing "comfort" as the latest series of the hit Channel 4 show returned on Tuesday night with a new batch of amateur bakers.

As families across the country continue to mourn Queen Elizabeth II who died on Thursday, many channels have decided to change their schedules to accommodate round the clock news coverage of the sad event, including Strictly Come Dancing after it was announced their 2022 launch show has officially been postponed.

However, Channel 4 decided to air the 2022 series and launch episode of Bake Off as planned on Tuesday 13 September at 8pm.

The move was largely welcomed by fans of the show as viewers took to social media to thank both Bake Off and Channel 4 for giving them a "comforting" moment away from the emotional news coverage at the moment.


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Taking to Twitter, one person said: "Oh, I'm so glad to see #GBBO back! The last few months have been so rough, it is so comforting to be back!"

A different account put: "I feel like I’ve/we’ve never needed @BritishBakeOff more right now #GBBO #timetoescapetoalandofcake."

Another follower wrote: "With everything that's happened recently, Bake Off is just that showstopper I needed to help me get through the week. #GBBO."

A different viewer said: 'I've had a rubbish week so far. Really needed this. #GBBO."

While another viewer added: "The timing of this series starting was just what everyone needed right now #GBBO" with heart emojis.

It comes after the broadcaster launched the new series of Gogglebox on Friday 9 September as planned, with the broadcaster saying it would bring a "valuable sense of continuity" for many of their viewers.

Channel 4 added that it had made "significant changes" to its schedule in the wake of the Queen’s death but that its purpose was to offer an "alternative" for viewers which it feels is "particularly important at times like this".

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