Great British Bake Off extended to 75 minutes on Channel 4

Emma Powell
New look: Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Noel Fielding and Prue Leith: Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off will run for 75 minutes when it airs on Channel 4.

The extension will allow for advert breaks, meaning episodes will not be reduced following the show’s move from BBC One.

The popular baking show is expected to return to screens later this year with the new line-up.

Paul Hollywood will be joined by Great British Menu judge Prue Leith, who has replaced Mary Berry.

Former presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have been succeeded by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.

The decision by Love Productions, the production company behind the cookery show, to switch to a rival broadcaster caused uproar last year, with the new line-up announcement sending Twitter into meltdown a few months later.

Fans criticised the new look quartet as a “parody” of the departing team

Fifteen To One and QI host Toksvig said she is honoured to be part of “this national treasure of a show”.

She added: “Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business.

“The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.

“The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do ."

Former The Mighty Boosh star Fielding said: “GBBO is one of my favourite shows.

“I've always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It's basically the double.”

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