Globe TV critic Peter Grant reviews the biggest deal in the transfer market - The Great British Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4.

WITH plenty of pre-publicity and music by Sir Paul McCartney, I was beginning to feel fed up with the controversial return of this telly treat.

All this waiting for gateau was starting to grate – sorry for the current puns.

If it’s not broken, why fix it? Now how many times have we heard that adage?

But it seems to be the recipe adopted by Channel 4 – the new home, as from Tuesday night, of the Great British Bake Off.

Careful tweaking here and there with the formula appeared in the opening 75 minute edition of this fresh 10-parter which now caters for commercials.

Nothing much else has changed apart from the personnel.

Only Wirral’s Baker-in-chief, Paul Hollywood remains from the BBC’s original mould-breaker.

Scone but not forgotten are Mary Berry and comedians Mel and Sue.

In comes Prue Leith and two presenters familiar from quiz show panels - Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

Both are likeable from the outset and are here to gently egg on the contestants.

While Prue hasn’t got the ‘favourite Nan’ appeal of Mary, she is an authority who dishes out praise and criticism in equal portions. She has already made her mark with a nice line in humour and a range of colourful spectacles.

Sandi and Noel go well together like cheese and Eccles cake. On paper an odd choice but on screen it is very palatable.

And the gentle innuendos, courtesy of the confident pair, keep the legacy of soggy bottoms in tact.

The atmosphere in the tents is still intense as the very talented creative amateur bakers could certainly stand the heat in the canvas-coated kitchen. Will it be as successful as the Beeb’s offering?

Yes – that’s my resounding verdict and I have watched the show from day one. Viewing figures will also confirm this – the proof, as always, will be in the pudding.

While the BBC serves up its own replacements with former Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussain many viewers, I feel, will enjoys this re-booting once they accept the channel crossing.

On this first course it all looks like business as usual as we celebrated the first ‘star baker’ award and said goodbye to casualty number one.

As self assured Paul Hollywood has consistently said in all the pre-build duo interviews the people that matter are the bakers.

The rest is just light entertainment filling. Same music, same camera angles and above all - the same old viewer friendly show we have come to love.

The icing on the cake for me was the adverts, a chance to put the kettle on and raid the biscuit jar and my mini roll stash.

Bake off is back – it feels like it never really went away.

My compliments to the producers.

Peter Grant