Great British Bake Off final watched by ‘biggest-ever’ audience

Peter Sawkins, 20, the winner of The Great British Bake Off  - C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon 
Peter Sawkins, 20, the winner of The Great British Bake Off – C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

The Great British Bake Off enjoyed its biggest-ever audience on Channel 4, the broadcaster has said.

The show attracted a record average audience of 9.2 million viewers, a 39.7 per cent share of the audience and a 10.4 million peak on Tuesday night.

It makes it the baking competition’s biggest-ever overnight audience on Channel 4.

The broadcaster also said it was the highest rating Channel 4 show since modern records began in 2002.

The previous highest overnight rating of a Bake Off episode on Channel 4 was the 2017 final which attracted 7.7m viewers and a 34.6 per cent share of the viewing audience.

Peter Sawkins was named the youngest ever Bake Off champion in the Tuesday night final.

The 20-year-old accounting and finance student from Edinburgh – nicknamed the “baby-faced assassin” by host Noel

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Great British Bake Off: 2020 contestants revealed

The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants
The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants

A Samaritan, a student and a pantomime producer are just three of the contestants hoping to win this year’s Great British Bake Off.

The show will return to Channel 4 on 22 September after filming was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s line-up consists of 12 contestants – one fewer than the baker’s dozen who competed last year.

Matt Lucas will replace Sandi Toksvig as host, joining the returning Noel Fielding.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be on hand to judge the best bakes in the famous white tent.

The bakers were selected by April, but coronavirus restrictions meant the filming schedule had to be rewritten, and the series will reach screens a month later than usual.

The show is normally filmed over three months, largely at weekends. However, this year the producers asked the contestants to take six

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British Accounting Firms Face New Setback as FRC Opens Probe

(Bloomberg) — Britain’s audit industry faces another dent to its reputation as the nation’s accounting watchdog ordered a probe into PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Ernst & Young and Oliver Clive & Co.’s work for defunct London Capital & Finance Plc.

The Financial Reporting Council said in a statement on Wednesday that its enforcement unit will look at the audits of now defunct mini-bond lender London Capital & Finance for the periods ending April 30, 2015, the year ending April 30, 2016 and for the year ending April 30, 2017.

London Capital & Finance issued mini-bonds, taking funds from about 14,000 customers that the company said it used to make loans to corporations for investment. It went into administration after the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office opened investigations.

The announcement comes at a difficult time for the accounting firms. The so-called Big Four, including PwC and Ernst & Young, have

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