Great British Bake Off

The Great British Break Off: Will you still watch?

Contract negotiations with the BBC broke down when the corporation reportedly wouldn't match Channel 4's offer.

The shock announcement was followed by the news that presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc would not be following the show after it left BBC One. Star judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have not yet confirmed if they will stay with the production.  

Most memorable The Great British Bake Off moments

Credit: BBC/ Channel 4)

Over the years, many contestants have forged successful careers and made lasting impressions for both good and bad reasons.

Exposing the world to soggy bottoms, custardgate and the power of the famous Paul Hollywood handshake.

With so many memorable moments to choose from, here are some of our favourites.

Air date announced for Bake Off 2019

Prue Leith, Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig and Paul Hollywood (Credit: Channel 4)

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will return to present the nation’s beloved cooking show alongside returning judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

This August, a fresh batch of contestants will enter the iconic tents hoping to earn the cherished ‘Hollywood handshake’, the title of Star Baker and grab their hands on the Bake Off trophy.

Channel 4 previously released the trailer for the new series, which showed a growing ‘Bake Off Fever’ that swept across the nation.

The line-up of amateur bakers is yet to be announced.

The joy of food programmes

The Great British Bake Off 2018 winner Rahul Mandal (Credit: Channel 4)

With 87 days’ worth of cookery shows airing during the past year on UK terrestrial television – made up of 410 unique titles – the RTS event “Why we love… food” was appositely named.

Revealing the facts to an audience hungry for knowledge about the genre, Pritesh Mody, founder of artisan food producer World of Zing, chaired the late-May event on the day it emerged that Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant chain had gone into administration.

Why We Love…Food

Tanya Shaw, Melissa Hemsley, Pritesh Mody, Nisha Katona, Sarah Lazenby (Credit: Phil Lewis/RTS)

Speaking at RTS event Why We Love…Food Channel 4 head of features and formats Sarah Lazenby said she had a meeting on Tuesday about the children’s version of the hit series, Great British Bake Off, which has followed its parent to the commercial broadcaster.

When asked how Channel 4 would make Junior Bake Off its own, Lazenby said “We’re really excited that’s coming to us. Obviously we’re not a children’s broadcaster…16-34 year olds is our target but…there’s a format that’s there but there’s also a Channel 4 tone.”

Making Shows Great Again | Full video

Watch what happened at our latest event, where TV bosses discussed whether bringing back old TV formats shows that we're running out of ideas, or if some shows are just worth giving a make over for new audiences.

Journalist Caroline Frost was joined by a panel of TV experts to discuss just that.

Joining Caroline on the panel were:
Sean Doyle, Channel 5, Commissioning Editor, Blind Date
Camilla Lewis, CEO, Curve Media
Richard McKerrow, Love Productions, Executive Producer, The Great British Bake Off
Ella Umansky, Head of Format Support, ITV Studios

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.

The Bake Off debate boils over

Jay Hunt speaks to reporters after the RTS London Conference Session (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

James Purnell: ‘From a PSB perspective, we now see a real chasm between the way we are going to be regulated. 

‘The Charter agreement is a set of incredibly detailed guidance to Ofcom – children’s programmes, history, religion, current affairs, 100-plus quotas. 

‘We wouldn’t wish that on Channel 4, but, looking at what has happened with Bake Off, there is a huge difference between the way we are regulated, and… now there is a question about whether that is right. 

‘Channel 4’s lighter touch should be looked at.’