Channel 4's Bake Off episodes will be 75 mins long

Megan Davies
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Channel 4's acquisition of The Great British Bake Off has already given us new hosts and a new judge, and now it's giving us a longer runtime too, with each Bake Off episode now lasting a total of 75 minutes.

Not that this means we'll be seeing more cakes, tarts and delicious treats, mind, as the extra 15 minutes is there to allow time for ad breaks without getting rid of any important baking or sitting-in-front-of-an-oven scenes.

Channel 4 bought the rights to Bake Off last year, signing a three-year deal with producers Love Productions, and then almost immediately reassured viewers they wouldn't be changing the popular show's format.

So this longer runtime is just a means of sticking to that promise and not cutting out any of the series' content – and, if we're honest, we're quite pleased we'll get some time to make a cup of tea and calm ourselves down between challenges too.

Photo credit: Love Productions / BBC

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Today's been a busy day for Bake Off news, as Jo Brand has confirmed Paul Hollywood won't be the only one making the leap from the BBC to Channel 4. She'll be back with Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, sharing exclusive footage and unseen moments from the main show.

"As a completely mediocre baker myself, but lover of all things spongey and tarty, I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings," Jo said.

Photo credit: Love Productions / BBC

This makes Jo Brand and Paul Hollywood the only BBC legacies on Channel 4's Bake Off programming, as the series' former stars Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all decided not to go with the show when it made the channel jump.

Instead, Channel 4 confirmed its new line-up last month, with Prue Leith replacing Mary alongside Paul Hollywood in the judging panel, while Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding were announced as the new co-hosts.

The Great British Bake Off will air on Channel 4 later this year.

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