ESSEX — OfCom was swamped with complaints on Tuesday night when thousands of viewers of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) mistook the opening episode for a revival of ‘Little Britain’ with new GBBO host and jovial funster, Matt Lucas, being wrongly accused of playing the parts of all twelve contestants representing a full range of diversity.
Fuming trigger finger viewers and keyboard warriors flocked to social media and their mobile phones under the misconception that Matt Lucas was playing a whole variety of new characters from various cultures, genders, sexual orientations and body types.
Amongst the ill-informed complaints were that the character Daffyd Thomas (The only gay in the village) had aged 35 years, shed approximately seventy pounds and was using none of his trademarked catchphrases. But it didn’t end there.
“I thought we’d moved on from ‘Come Fly With Me’,” complained one confused viewer, a Mrs Peart of Wilfred Bramble Close, Barton Stacey, “If I wanted to see a man dressing up in women’s clothes and wearing too much makeup, then I would just go and visit my local Costa Coffee.”
But Mrs Peart wasn’t the only confused viewer according to OfCom, as many also mistakenly complained that fellow ‘Little Britain’ performer David Walliams, seemed to have lengthened his hair, dyed it black and was now wearing less eyeliner; whilst others were divided in mistaking Tom Baker for either Paul Hollywood or Pru Leith.
“I’m sure viewers will soon get over the confusion caused with Matt in the show,” explained Channel 4 spokesperson Julia Juliadottir, “Which is exactly why for this series of GBBO, we rejected any applicants with a background in hypnotism; argumentative wheelchair users; or racist, elderly vomiting ladies.”
What a kerfuffle!