Remember The Great British Bake Off, that twee BBC programme with cakes and biscuits and flans and all that?
Well, we’re here to tell you that, just like Avril Lavigne before it, the Bake Off was killed and replaced by a lookalike.
Now on Channel 4, with Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig replacing Mel and Sue, and Prue Leith stepping in for Mary Berry, the show is… no, actually, it’s pretty much exactly the same, only with more ad breaks than the usual zero.
It’s still on a midweek evening, it’s still an hour long, and it’s still a show about British people baking things.
Oh, and it’s still the one time every week when the country comes together for that age-old tradition of making Twitter jokes about soggy bottoms and moist fingers.
It’s good to know that, in these uncertain times, some things never change.
Of course, other things do change, as we’ve explained above.
It wouldn’t be a TV livetweeting experience in 2017 without some reference to Game of Thrones, of course.
Watching Noel Fielding in unfamiliar circumstances was bizarre.
Wait, let’s try that again. Watching Noel Fielding on a mainstream TV programme in 2017 was bizarre.
Mighty Boosh fans weren’t sure about Fielding’s rebrand, and felt there was something missing.
Onto the actual baking, which I suppose we ought to mention at some stage.
One of the tasks involved contestants making cakes that looked like something else, be it a BLT, a watermelon or a takeaway coffee cup.
Oh, and they also had to make mini rolls for some reason.
Why make mini rolls the Cadbury ones are sick and cost like a quid— Alex Finnis (@AlexFinnis) August 29, 2017
With all the change, there was some sweet relief in the knowledge that Paul Hollywood is still around.
Followed by dread at the knowledge that Paul Hollywood is still around.
hollywood shaking hands now? craves human contact doesn't he the beast— arjan (@arjan____) August 29, 2017
Folks are picking their winners already...
can't wait for this grumpy Scouse nan to go and win the lot. She'll get her own book called Shut Up & Eat The Fucking Cake and it'll be ace.— Sam Diss (@SamDiss) August 29, 2017
And we all know what contestants can look forward to once it’s all over and done with.
mad to think that in a few years the bakers might be in my position, blocked by paul hollywood on twitter dot com— Ruby Tandoh (@rubytandoh) August 29, 2017
Roll on next week, when the contestants need to make Jaffa Cakes out of magic. Or something like that. I drifted off towards the end.
(Images: Channel 4)