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THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING; TVchoice; Our heads-up on the must-see shows; As the final approaches, Bake Off is still worth watching, says Claire Murphy.

PICK OF THE WEEK

The Great British Bake OffTuesday, C4, 8pm

Mary who? Whisper it, but is anyone desperately missing Ms Berry in the new version of Bake Off? She is an icon, but somehow the shenanigans in the tent are bigger than even the queen of puddings herself.

It's fair to say that buying such a loved brand as GBBO was risky, but it's one - like adding salt to caramel - that has paid off deliciously for C4.

The viewing figures will never be as high as they would be on BBC1, but if anything, having adverts in the mix has increased our enjoyment, as we have to wait to see who has been eliminated or nominated as star baker. And everyone needs the chance to have a cup of tea or a wee.

Shocking to admit, we don't even really mind that Mel and Sue didn't 'follow the dough' either. Noel Fielding, normally so Marmitey (and I hate Marmite), has shown a sensible, supportive side, while Sandi Toksvig is adorably emotional and maternal.

New judge Prue is positive, knows her stuff and has the most amazing collection of statement necklaces. In fact, the only element of this revamp that could remotely be accused of staleness is Paul. He's even looking like he's spent too long in the oven.

The three finalists are Steven, who is great at details, but not so good at timings; Kate, who has enthusiasm for all things historical, but perhaps doesn't have as much finesse as others; and Sophie, who works with military precision, but fails at making bread.

Unluckily for her, the first challenge is creating three different loaves. On your marks, get set

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 29, 2017
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