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CRITICS OF "The Great British Bake Off - Season 11"
Matt Lucas took lemons and made lemonade by kicking off the show in a tousled blond wig doing a spoof of a bumbling, blustering Mr Johnson while Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood stood behind podiums like Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance.
There is a greater joy to be found in an emotional landscape where the greatest disappointment is some unrisen dough, the purest thrill some beautifully neat piping. Yes, it's the same old Bake Off -- but it's a slightly different world.
Even if this season winds up wobblier than usual with more soggy bottoms all around, there's new host Matt Lucas. His quiet, friendly energy has brought back a much needed "contestant friend" element to the Tent.
A lot will hinge on how the changes to the filming schedule impact the bakers, but for now, viewers look to be in for another entertaining, inspiring, and tempting season of The Great British Baking Show.
The increasing strain of the technical challenges demonstrates the trend away from the homey and familiar of The Great British Baking Show toward the spectacle and inflated stakes that define so many other cooking competitions.