The Great British Bake Off remains one of the most popular shows in the UK (and the world), but there's tragedy in the show's not-so-distant past. After it was confirmed in September 2016 that the show would move from the BBC to Channel 4, beloved hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced their departure, alongside judge Mary Berry — and who else could deliver quite so many innuendos about buns? While replacements Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig have risen (sorry) to the challenge, it's hard not to miss the Bake Off originals. So what are Mel and Sue doing now?
The comedians have been a double act since the '80s, as Radio Times reports. They met at Cambridge University, where they were both members of comedy troupe Footlights. And Mel and Sue's first major venture post-Bake Off kept the partnership going, as they were announced in July 2017 as the hosts of the BBC's Generation Game revival. Unfortunately, the show didn't go down too well: in February 2018, the BBC announced that only two of the four filmed episodes would be aired, while the show's April debut was met with less than stellar reviews.
What about solo ventures? Well, Giedroyc also went on to co-host musical talent show Let It Shine with Graham Norton, and later took to the West End stage herself. According to What's On Stage, she was cast as Sarah in Stephen Sondheim's Company in Feb. 2018, and the show ran until March 2019. In April 2018, Giedroyc appeared as Beatrice in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. She also delivered the results of the UK Eurovision vote in May 2018. Right now, the TV star is performing in another West End production: Noises Off, which will run until January 2020.
And how about Sue? Well, Perkins published her second book, East of Croydon, in May 2019, after her 2015 memoir Spectacles became a bestseller. East of Croydon is a travel memoir all about Perkin's "blunderings through India and South East Asia." It traces the star's experience creating travel documentaries for the BBC including 2014's The Mekong River, during which she visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and China, 2015's documentary Kolkata, in which she explored the East Indian city, as well as 2017's The Ganges, in which she followed the sacred river through India. She's touring throughout October to promote the book, including visits to Cambridge, Leicester, and Swansea.
Perkins recently brought out another travel documentary for the BBC, Japan With Sue Perkins, in which she travelled around the stunning country to explore how to old and the new collide in a world where futuristic technology exists alongside ancient traditions.
Outside of documentaries, Perkins has also hosted BBC panel show Insert Name Here, with team captains Josh Widdecombe and Richard Osman. The show debuted in 2016 and its third series concluded in January 2018. Sadly, her 2017 spelling bee show, The Big Spell, was cancelled by Sky One after the first series, as the Sun reports.
Essentially, Mel and Sue have been keeping busy since their Great British Bake Off departure, which is good news for fans of their sharp wit and enviable friendship. They're still sorely missed in the Bake Off tent, but their spirits still linger — and every time someone makes an inadvertently sexual comment about an innocent baked good, their presence is felt.