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SU2C Bake-Off: Celebrity Bakers Stand Up to Cancer
TV Critic Emily Chapman explains how the SU2C Bake-Off special fits into the tradition of TV charity specials
"Life is a competition" says Kaiser Chiefs frontman, Ricky Wilson at the beginning of episode two of the celebrity special series of Channel 4’s The Great British Bake-Off. This comment seems especially relevant in a charity special in support of Stand Up To Cancer, as around 360,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK (that’s around 990 every day). We see the ongoing battle that hundreds of thousands of men, women and children across the UK face on a daily basis. Eschewing the classic title for a slightly more convoluted version in order to distinguish their charity special from its usual namesake, Channel 4 have managed to (let’s be honest) cleverly rebrand the BBC’s Comic Relief rendition of the iconic show.
“The inclusion of personal stories speaks to the viewers more frankly
The interesting dichotomy between the humour of the show (by watching Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp bake his butter cream, or Harry Hill’s, admittedly very impressive, biscuit-tribute to Camilla Parker Bowles), alongside TV presenter Bill Turnbull discussing his own heart-breaking experience with cancer, both keeps us on our toes, and acts as a reminder as to why this show is actually happening. It’s easy to make flippant remarks about Channel 4’s production incentives, but I applaud them for their willingness to continue the tradition of an annual Bake-Off special – it’s not like anyone’s complaining about having more TV to watch (at least, I’m certainly not). But Channel 4 doesn’t solely rely on our pity for the rich and famous, documenting real life stories of people across the UK and the efforts by their families to raise money for SU2C and other cancer-research based charities.
“It was and still is a way of bringing the nation together
Episodes of The Great Celebrity Bake-Off for SU2C are available to stream via All4 here.