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The BBC picked up the mega hit real-time show for its first two series but negotiations for the third series broke down in 2003. Sky One were ready to pounce, nabbing the rights to all future series. (Pic: Rex)

Ten More Hit TV Shows Which The BBC Lost To Rival Channels

It’s a sad day for Bake Off fans who are still reeling from the news that the show is being moved to Channel 4.

From now on it will be sponge cakes with adverts in between as the ad-free BBC loses its flagship show.

But this isn’t the first time the Beeb has seen something popular swiped from under them - here’s a few others that they saw march off to pastures new…

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