Matt Lucas has sent a clear message to the government after the Great British Bake Off was mentioned as part of their push for ‘distinctively British’ programmes.
The presenter is back in the tent next week for the new series, with a bunch of new baking enthusiasts ready to show Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith their showstopping desserts and glorious creations.
Ahead of his return to the baking show, Matt delved into a debate about a UK TV shake-up, after it was revealed by former media minister John Whittingdale that ministers are planning on making it a legal requirement for broadcasters to produce ‘clearly British shows’.
One of those highlighted was Bake Off, which has become a huge hit across the world.
Responding to the call to action on Twitter, Matt wrote: ‘One of things I love about the Bake Off is how international the bakers are (and the new series is no exception).
‘I also love it when governments don’t presume to advise on what art and entertainment should look and sound like.’
Attached with the comment was a screengrab from an extract of an article reporting the headline ‘Government vows to push for shows that are “distinctively British.”’
Mr Whittingdale – who was sacked in the cabinet reshuffle – recently outlined the plans in a speech to the Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention 2021.
He cited programmes such as Only Fools and Horses, Fleabag and Derry Girls as examples of what he felt reflected the plans.
The former minister said: ‘Global investment is extremely welcome, but I want to make sure it doesn’t water down British creativity or the British brand.’
Fans quickly flooded the replies of Matt’s tweet to agree with the GBBO presenter, with one agreeing: ‘What if diversity is now quintessentially British?
‘Stop looking backwards for things to moan about. Let’s celebrate the fact that Britain is diverse. Let’s redefine what is perceived as quintessentially British and not what that meant 50-odd years ago.’
Another shared: ‘I’m a Greek migrant. Married a Yorkshire man. My kids paint hard boiled eggs red & have a smashing competition at Easter & they also Remember Remember the 5th of November. We eat a roast & Yorkshire puddings & have halva for pudding & it’s all good. I feel we’re all British.
A third user commented: ‘I think GBBO is a great example of showing what ‘Britishness’ really is. A whole range of people from different cultures and backgrounds who can be brought together with a shared love of something. And cake.’
This year’s line-up of bakers includes a detective with the Met Police, a psychology student and an accomplished trombonist.
All of the bakers will be hoping follow in the footsteps of 2020 winner Peter Sawkins and conjure up a multitude of Hollywood handshakes throughout the show.
Great British Bake Off returns on Tuesday 21 September at 8pm on Channel 4.
Credit: Original article published here.