"Alright, there are three different people on the cameras rather then Mel, Sue, and Mary," said Paul Hollywood at a recent Q&A about Bake Off, "but it’s the same."
Noel Fielding, who will be joining as a host alongside Sandi Toksvig, agreed. "I think when people see the show, they will realise it is the same show, really. I think maybe visually at first it is quite scary." Referring to himself, he joked: "Mel has been replaced with a vampire."
Toksvig said that it wasn't worth messing around with the format and that the success of the show is all down to the bakers. "You don’t want to break it because it’s something precious and it’s precious to so many people.
"It is not about us. It’s absolutely about them and their stories and all we tried to do was to facilitate that."
Journalists were shown a preview of the first episode yesterday and, personally, I believe the presenters are right. Bake Off has not changed. The rounds are identical. The bakers are equally as compelling. The tent is exactly the same and the comedy has a similar feel.
The only differences are the new people – and the ad breaks.