GET The Hollywood Handshake on The Great British Bake Off is something glittery award winners covet – second only to winning the show, of course.
It’s also about to be a golden goose for Channel 4-loving creators because they’ve now trademarked the term with the intention of including it in the long line of merchandise.
Judge Paul Hollywood’s congratulatory gesture could end up with everything from kitchen tools to toys and children’s clothing.
A television insider said: “This is not only a reflection of Paul’s continued popularity, but also Bake Off’s continued success story.
“It came out in 2010 but 12 years later, it’s still going strong and the creators, Love Productions, are still developing the brand.
This is just another ingenious piece that is sure to impress fans of the show and in Paul’s army of fans. “
Love Productions has run a string of spin-offs from celebrity specials to shows specifically for young bakers.
And that’s on top of other TV favorites that have been inspired by the competition, including Great British Bee and The Great Pottery Throw Down.
But this is one of their most intriguing side projects, with a new branding that allows them to use Hollywood Handshake on hundreds of productions.
The list is huge and includes food processors, kitchen knives, computer games, lingerie, skateboards, even kitchen rolls.
It even includes the perfect object for a handshake – oven mitts.
They will mark the “soggy bottom” and will next bring up a series of toilet rolls.
Fred: I hate tournaments
The most famous people will kill for a gig like A League Of Their Own – but Freddie Flintoff has confessed that’s far from perfect for him.
The presenter and former cricketer turned down the role of Sky several times.
Freddie “I immediately said that I didn’t like it, even though the money was fine. At the time I was injured, all I cared about was getting back to playing.
“So former Twenty20 international captain Stuart Broad filmed the pilot that I watched. No disrespect to Stuart, but I knew right away that I could offer better than him. “
But that’s not the end of Freddie’s negativity towards the show he’s been on since 2010.
He added: “I went there and I absolutely hated it, I really did. I sat there for ten days in and it was an attempt just to get through it.
“I hated the first four or five series. Honestly, I was about to walk away, it just wasn’t right for me. But I love doing the show right now. ”
Well done, ’cause he’ll be back with Jamie Redknapp and Romesh Ranganathan for the 17th series this year.
Martin’s nous on Scouse
MARTIN Freeman is a well-known star with many big roles on his CV, but he’s never had to play a Scouse accent – until now.
The Office and Sherlock actor plays Liverpudlian’s co-Chris in the BBC’s new thriller The Responder.
“I had never played a character with a Scouse accent before, and I was very mindful of that when I read the script,” he said.
“I knew that if I couldn’t do it right, I wouldn’t make my voice. I will just make my own voice version.
“I was really pleased when I heard some Scouse actors asked if I was from Merseyside – like I had passed some sort of test.
“I worked really hard because there was no way I was prepared to continue talking on the phone with a terrible Scouse accent in Liverpool with so many Liverpudlian actors.
“There is no way. I will be taken to the cleaners and rightly so. “
Good for you, Martin.
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Meanwhile, Resident Evil comes in at second, just ahead of Bridgerton series two and series five The Crown.
There’s no limit to a couple’s kindness
The winners of the £500,000 grand prize in Ant & Dec’s new gameshow will give away a portion of the cash to good causes.
Medics Kathryn and Will made money in Unlimited wins on Saturday.
Yesterday on Lorraine, intensive care doctor Will said: “We always give 10% of our salary to charity, so this should make no difference.
“We will be giving away at least £50,000 to charities that are close to our hearts – mental health charities, leukemia research charities.”
Emily in Paris
NETFLIX has renewed comedy Emily In Paris for two more seasons.
It’s really no surprise that the second series topped the charts in 94 countries, with 107.6 million hours watched in its first five days.
The stylish film stars Lily Collins as a marketing executive who has found her dream job.
Katie ok with Jo acid gag
WHEN Jo brand fabricated about throwing battery acid at politician Nige Farage, everyone expected Katie Piper to be in the comics.
But the model and presenter, who suffered an acid attack in 2008, told the Spinning Plates podcast: “People get it wrong and are like, ‘Poor Katie Piper, you think she feels it. How about your joke?’.
“I love her comedy.
“She’s super smart and what she’s saying is in the comedy circuit in the context of a joke and it doesn’t reflect how she feels about the disability or disfigurement.
“I’ve never commented on it and I don’t feel bad about it and I’m not going on this witch hunt.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tv/8185633/paul-hollywood-handshake-trademarked-bake-off/ Paul Hollywood’s handshake is trademarked by the owners of Great British Bake Off