“On your marks, get set, bake!”
If you’re familiar with those words, then you’re probably a fan of The Great British Baking Show. However, from the modest grand prize to how all of the dishes actually get done, there’s a lot more to this televised baking competition than you’d ever guess.
If you’ve ever heard your friends talking about The Great British Bake Off, then yes, it’s the same thing as The Great British Baking Show.
The competition first aired in Britain, under the name The Great British Bake Off, and incorporating the term ‘bake-off’ was very much on purpose. Because this is a contest, producers needed something to convey the competitive nature of the show. Sure, all of the contestants are lovely and sweet as pie, but at the end of the day, only one winner can prevail.
As the show made its way to the United States, “bake-off” was already being used, taken by the Pillsbury Bake-Off since it first started in 1949. PBS didn’t want there to be any confusion in the market or issues with copyright, and, quite frankly, Pillsbury was not open to sharing the name.
But don’t worry. The episodes are exactly the same. There’s just a difference in the opening credits, depending on where in the world you’re watching it.
Watch the video for more about the untold truth of the Great British Baking Show!
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Same show, different names | 0:18
The prize is slight | 1:12
There’s a reason for the tent | 2:36
Paul eats crow | 3:21
Lovin’ the ovens | 4:33
Sweet illustrations | 5:32
A tough place to bake | 6:26
Don’t go changin’ | 7:31
Who washes the dishes? | 8:24
He’s Old Gregg! | 9:32
Nothing goes to waste | 10:51