Great British Bake Off staying on Channel 4 for three more years

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The hosts and judges of The Great British Bake Off credit:Bang Showbiz
The hosts and judges of The Great British Bake Off credit:Bang Showbiz

'The Great British Bake Off' is staying on Channel 4 for three more years.

The broadcaster have agreed a new deal with Love Productions to retain the rights to the competition series - which they took from the BBC in 2016 - until 2024, but financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.

Ian Katz, Channel 4's chief content officer, said: “We are thrilled that Channel 4 will continue to serve up 'Bake Off’s unique combination of warmth, humour and soggy bottoms for years to come.

"'Bake Off' is all about optimism, celebrating eccentricity and bringing the nation together, precisely what a publicly owned Channel 4 is here to do.”

Richard McKerrow, the chief executive of Love Productions, added: “We are delighted to have extended 'Bake Off’s stay on Channel 4 for another three years.

“Love Productions’ long-term commitment with Channel 4 illustrates a deep, warm, mutual respect and partnership which enables us to bring Bake Off to the widest audience possible.”

The new deal also includes spin-off shows, including 'Junior Bake Off' and 'Bake Off: An Extra Slice', as well as 'The Great Pottery Throw Down', which is also made by Love Productions.

The current season of 'The Great British Bake Off' - which is hosted by Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas and judged by Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood - will air its semi-final this week.

And it was announced on Friday (12.11.21) that the upcoming Christmas special for the show will feature a reunion for the 'It's A Sin' cast, with Olly Alexander (Ritchie Tozer), Lydia West (Jill Baxter), Nathaniel Curtis (Ash Mukherjee) and Shaun Dooley (Clive Tozer) all taking part.

In an announcement on the show's official Twitter account, the team said: "On your marks, get set… La! We’re turning our Tent into the Pink Palace as the stars of award-winning @Channel4 drama It’s A Sin don their aprons for The Great Christmas Bake Off!

"Christmas tree Line-up: Olly Alexander, Lydia West, Nathaniel Curtis, Shaun Dooley Date: To be revealed!"

A New Year's special will feature four former bakers.

As well as series nine stars Kim-Joy Hewlett and Jon Jenkins, series 11 favourites Rowan Williams and Hermine will be back in the tent.

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