The Great British Bake Off's move to Channel 4 has seen change, and also a distinct lack of it.

Pudding week saw both the likes of the show's historical segments and staggered timing during the technical challenge return without even a blink, as if the show had never made an earth-shattering transition everyone assumed would doom it to the fires of hell. 

That said, there's been one development particularly troubling to fans: why is Paul Hollywood giving out so many handshakes? The judge gave out three in episode 5 merely for the signature round alone, which required competitors to create the perfectly textured, streamed school pudding. 

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Was the standard really that high? Or is Hollywood getting soft? "Three handshakes. That’s a personal best for you," Noel Fielding wryly commented. 

Of course, the Hollywood Handshake used to be a thing of rare beauty, capable of reducing any eager contestant to tears. It wasn't just a handshake, it was a blessing from the pudding gods. Back in 2015, contestant Tamal Ray even described the handshake as something he would "never forget". 

 

 

 


Bake Off airs every Tuesday on Channel 4 at 8pm.

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