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Should there be more TV revivals?

From left: Sean Doyle, Ella Umansky, Caroline Frost, Camilla Lewis and Richard McKerrow (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)
These are robust TV formats, which, over many years, bring audiences to broadcasters and profits to production companies. But they are the exception, not the rule in television.
 
At an RTS early evening event in early June, a panel of top TV execs discussed what gives formats legs.
 
The central London event took place a day after the triumphant return of ITV2’s Love Island, which attracted a peak audience of 3.4 million. The series opener averaged 2.95 million viewers, more than double last year’s first episode.
 

Channel 4 releases new GBBO trailer

The advert shows a range of singing baked goods coming together in a dazzling display of cakes, breads and tarts.

Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding will present the new series, alongside judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

The eighth series of the cookery show will appear on Channel 4, after Love Productions signed a deal with the broadcaster last year.

Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding to host Channel 4's Great British Bake Off

Comedians Sandi Toksvig (QI) and Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) will host Britain’s biggest baking competition, while restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith joins Paul Hollywood as a judge.
 
The news comes after it was announced last autumn that the blockbuster baking show would be moving from BBC One to Channel 4.
 

This weeks’ top TV: 22 – 28 August

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Monday

Sarah Beeny’s Four Rooms

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Sarah Beeny (Credit: Channel 4)

RTS award-winning Four Rooms is back with a new host, Sarah Beeny. A cross between Antiques Roadshow and Dragons' Den, the programme sees members of the public try and sell their prized items to stone-faced dealers for a good price.

The Great British Bake Off winners - where are they now?

What started out as a humble amateur baking contest has now gripped the nation, as we've tears and tantrums in the baking tent.

With thoughts turning to this year’s final, it begs the question: what are the former winners up to now?

Nancy Birtwhistle

Last year's nail-biting final saw Birtwhistle triumph over bookie's favourite Richard Burr.

Since winning she has launched her own cooking website and has appeared on a number of food shows such as BBC Good Food Spring in April . 

Kim Shillinglaw: It’s bloody hard to make great television

Kim Shillinglaw

When Kim Shillinglaw became Controller of BBC Two last year, one of her predecessors took her for a drink. Roly Keating had launched BBC Four, moved on to BBC Two and filled in as temporary boss of BBC One. In a meeting room in New Broadcasting House, Shillinglaw recalls with terrible clarity what he told her.

“He said, ‘You will find BBC Two is the toughest. Let me tell you that now. BBC Four has a lot of individual commissions but not very much money, so there’s a limit to how many things it can commission.