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  • Channel Hop: After seven series on the BBC, the show moved to Channel Four after the producers rejected the public broadcaster's offer of £15 million (which was the maximum the Beeb could pay under corporate guidelines).
  • Follow the Leader: The Great British Sewing Bee, launched in 2013, is very obviously an imitator. Of course, it's made by the same company (who don't seem to make much else).
  • Money, Dear Boy:
    • Mel has confessed that she joined Bake Off in the first place largely because she and her husband were so broke that they had to sell their home.
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    • After seven series, the show will be moving from the BBC to Channel Four thanks solely to the commercial channel's ability to offer more money. ITV also made a fairly high offer, but that was contingent on the production company being able to bring along the presenters and judges... which didn't go over all that well.
    • In fact, this trope was very explicitly averted by Mel and Sue immediately after the Channel Hop was made public, in a characteristically punny joint statement to the effect that they weren't going to "follow the dough".note 
    • As for the judges, Mary came to the same decision as Mel and Sue, putting out a statement that she was staying with the BBC out of loyalty and thanks for the broadcaster giving her a career boost. Paul, on the other hand, decided to stay with Bake Off and move to Channel Four.
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  • No Export for You: After the move and revamp to Channel Four, PBS opted to skip that season instead showing the previous seasons with the original judges and hosts that Americans haven't seen yet.
  • Sleeper Hit: The first series began as a summertime filler with no significant publicity, and the first episode got resoundingly average ratings for its timeslot. Word-of-mouth turned it into a hit; by the end of the series it was BBC Two's number-one rated show, earning it an unexpected recommission, and ratings just grew from there. By the end of the fourth series, it was even out-performing BBC One ratings bankers like Casualty and EastEnders, and the final gave BBC Two its best ratings in over twenty years.
  • Wag the Director: The producers would have liked to have had tension and drama in the tent, but Sue and Mel made a principled choice to make sure that the competition would be a pleasant affair. Beyond encouraging everyone to get along, they enforced that by physically blocking cameras and letting off streams of curses to render footage of upset bakers completely useless.
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