Great British Bake Off 2014: Viewers complain about 'smutty' innuendos

All this talk of popping Mary Berry's cherry has led some viewers to complain

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From 'hot baps' to 'erect biscuits', the Great British Bake Off's innuendos are what makes the BBC's hit Wednesday night contest such enjoyable watching.

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But not all viewers are impressed by hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc's “constant smutty remarks”, with a handful going so far as to complain to BBC feedback show Points of View.

“Please ask them to stop spoiling an otherwise delightful programme,” wrote one viewer, while another argued that 79-year-old judge Mary Berry often “looked quite embarrassed” at puns directed at her.

Perkins told this year's batch of contestants that they had "two hours to pop Mary's cherry...in the oven and bring it out again" in a recent episode.

Jo Brand's spin-off show Extra Slice also came under fire with one complaint calling it "lewd and mucky".

The BBC confirmed that only seven people have complained about the Bake Off's tone, much fewer than the 800 left outraged when Iain Watters' journey ended following the infamous Baked Alaska scandal with Diana Beard.

 

As such, the BBC seems unfazed by certain viewers disapproval. Instead, both BBC One and the Bake Off's official Twitter accounts share the “innuendo of the week” after each episode, encouraging viewers to join in the risqué fun using the hashtag #BakeOffInnuendo.

A tweet this morning ahead of tonight's quarter final also laughs off complaints.

Perkins tweeted that the complaints “don't bother” her and retweeted a fans response that she “gives up on humans”.

So what exactly are these “totally unnecessary” innuendos that the angry seven speak of? Here are some of the best so far this series.

Other innuendos deserving a mention include Paul Hollywood telling contestants to strive for "something quite rigid but something that will taste good too" in 3D biscuit week; Mary giving said biscuits a "good forking"; and Paul ordering Mary to give her pastry "a good slapping".

Now we're feeling quite hot under the collar ourselves...

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