TV presenter Michaela Strachan says ‘Great British Bake Off’ is ‘obsessive and obscene’

'Really Wild Show' host also says she 'really didn't care how the cakes turned out'

TV presenter Michaela Strachan has criticised Great British Bake Off, calling the BBC cookery contest “obsessive and obscene”.

The weekly cake-making competition hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins regularly attracts around 9m viewers, but Strachan – the host of Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch – is not one of them.

“I don’t understand why this is so popular,” she told Metro. “I tried to watch it to see what the fuss was about, but I just really didn’t care how the cakes turned out. I can understand the creativity that goes into it but I don’t understand how this can go on for weeks on end.”

Strachan, also known for hosting classic CBBC series The Really Wild Show from 1993 to 2006, also raised concerns about Great British Bake Off‘s effect on the nation’s health.

“We’re at a time when you can’t open a paper without being told about the dangers of sugar, and yet here they are making Black Forest gateaux that are a foot high,” Strachan added. “Do people really want to eat that stuff? It made me feel sick. It’s obsessive and obscene. What are we doing celebrating foot-high Black Forest gateaux?”

The seventh episode of Great British Bake Off‘s latest series aired on BBC One last night. It has recently been reported that one of the show’s judges, Mary Berry, has signed up to appear on a US version of the contest that could potentially be filmed in the same Berkshire location as the British original.