In a landmark legal ruling, it has been announced that the Supreme Court in London has blocked the proposed move of baking reality TV show Great British Bake Off from BBC One to Channel 4.
Shortly before 10am on Thursday morning, a spokesperson confirmed that the panel had voted by 9-2 in favour of stopping the programme’s switch from the public broadcaster.
The lead claimant in the case was hedge fund manager and entrepreneur Jemima Fuch-Weet, 47, and she gave a statement outside the Supreme Court shortly after the verdict was made public.
She said: ‘This case was never about stopping Great British Bake Off from moving to another TV channel, it was about something bigger and meaningful that happens to have the same outcome.’
‘It was all about protecting the viewing public from kitchen disasters caused by having to pause baking an identical recipe at the same time during a commercial break.’
‘My lawyers used a case study example from 2014 when a man from Essex managed to burn down his house while copying a lemon meringue pie recipe on ITV’s This Morning.’
‘On that terrible day, James Martin was just demonstrating the correct way to get perfectly-peaked egg whites when Philip Schofield announced that the recipe would continue after a commercial break.’
‘Apparently the viewer panicked at this point due to a lack of direction, threw his pie into the oven prematurely, and within a matter of minutes he had lost his home in a tragic inferno.’
‘As an added bonus, it should also stop the core Bake Off audience from being subjected to Scarlett Moffatt.’
We asked Mrs Fuch-Weet if the landmark ruling would encourage other people to use the Supreme Court as a means of getting their own way in the face of public opinion in the future.
She said: ‘Crowdfunding is very much the way ahead for this type of legal challenge. More than 300 members of the Women’s Institute of Great Britain contributed towards the costs for this case, along with a sizeable contribution from the United Orthodox Church of Paul Hollywood.’
According to the Supreme Court’s schedule for the first half of 2017, a number of similarly-raised cases are due to be heard by June. Next up is Lily Allen Vs Button Moon, with the show’s creators accused of falsely promoting the idea that space exploration is accessible to all.