The Great British Bake Off returned to our screens last night. Not my screen – I was watching the football – but over 10 million people watched it, almost half the number of people who were watching TV at that time. When the BBC announced some years ago that they were producing a prime time baking show, I guess some of us may have scoffed. Now we’re eating our own words and not a few cakes.

I think it’s rather nice that something as simple as a bakery show attracts such vast audiences. It is a world away from the constant drip feed from the rest of the media which is overwhelmingly gloomy. It allows us to concentrate on being entertained by something that is harmless and doesn’t really matter. And it’s part of the BBC’s remit, to inform, educate and entertain.

That I am not unduly bothered about the show is not a reason for me to call for it to be taken off the air. There is no law which says that I must watch it or like it. If I am not interested in a particular show, I take the seemingly unusual step of not watching it. I recommend this to anyone. Rather than having a turgid rant about a TV show you don’t like, don’t watch it. Do something different. You are a long time dead so don’t waste the one life you do have doing things you don’t like. For every Bake Off, there will be a hundred (a figure I have just made up) misery-inducing news bulletins or a documentary about someone dying of a horrible disease.

I like the TV cookery show genre. There are plenty of us who are rubbish at cooking who could be inspired by the TV chefs and cooks. The cook books sell millions of copies and even I, on admittedly rare occasions, have had a go with varying levels of success. In an era where we are eating too much junk food, particularly by way of fat and sugar filled ready meals, isn’t it a good thing that we should be cooking fresh stuff ourselves? I suppose this might not necessarily apply to the Bake Off where, I would imagine, the end products are highly calorific, but we don’t eat fatty cakes every single day of our lives, do we?

The Bake Off appears to be a kindler, gentler type of TV show and thank goodness for that. At a time when the great TV innovations appear to be naked dating shows and poverty porn, isn’t it nice to have a show where you can sit down, put the cares of the world to one side and see nice people doing nice things?