This year’s contestants on the new Channel 4 series of the ‘Great British Bake Off’: Back row: Steven, Tom, Liam, Sophie, Peter, James, Chris. Front row: Julia, Kate, Stacey, Flo, Yan. Photograph: Channel 4

“What’s wrong with Mel and Sue?” I wonder as that very duo careen into view, riding a striped hot air balloon (the manner, to be fair, in which I alwa(...)

Unappetising: “The Great British Bake Off” new line-up of Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. Photograph: PA / Channel 4

There’s an imposter pretending to pour the tea and his name is Noel Fielding. He’s surrounded by two other imposters, Prue Leith and Sandi Toksvig, bu(...)

‘Young and Promising’: light relief after such  overwrought twentysomething dramas as ‘Girls’ and ‘Fleabag’

Sometimes, Walter Presents can be a bit like the Eurovision of dead women. The foreign drama arm of Channel 4’s on-demand website offers up hundreds o(...)

It has that organic warmness and charm that just might be a hit with audiences

The Kardashians may be our modern-day Marie Antoinettes, but we povos are way ahead of them when it comes to a love of cake. The trailer for the new s(...)

Polish celebrity chef Damian Wawrzyniak is cooking a 12-course banquet in Dublin. Photograph: Mark Sherratt

A UK-based Polish celebrity chef who made a traditional babka cake in Mary Berry’s kitchen that the doyenne of baking described as “sheer perfection” (...)

 Prue Leith  has been confirmed as a judge  on Channel 4’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’. File photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

TV chef Prue Leith has been confirmed as a judge alongside Paul Hollywood on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off (GBBO). Presenters Sandi Toksvig (...)

Bryce Dallas Howard as Lacie in “Nosedive”, an episode from Charlie Brooker’s new “Black Mirror” series on Netflix

Cancel your plans this weekend and instead freak out about the near future with Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror (Netflix). This third season is the big(...)

The 2015 ‘X Factor’ final’s audience of 8.4 million was less than half the 17.2 million who watched Matt Cardle triumph over Rebecca Ferguson and One Direction in 2010. Photograph: Press Association

ITV has signed a deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia UK to keep The X Factor on air until “at least” 2019, which to its de(...)

The Great British Bake Off: all this year’s bakers with Mel Giedroyc, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Sue Perkins

It was important that reports of The Great British Bake Off’s departure from the BBC made it on to the news pages. Nothing stirs the spirits more than(...)

Jilly Cooper is giving an awe-struck viewing of the Mandarin Oriental’s Royal suite, a muted monument to scale and privilege. “Wonderful, wonderful, w(...)