Netflix was never offered The Great British Bake Off

Ben Lee
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From Digital Spy

Channel 4 may have nabbed The Great British Bake Off from the BBC, but one platform that wasn't in the running was Netflix.

In fact, Netflix wasn't even approached - which baffled Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer of the popular streaming service.

"We were surprised when it came up that it wasn't brought to us, with the competitive environment that we were in," he said to PA (via Metro).

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"It would have been good to have more people at the table for the show.

"The BBC has a rich history of great competition shows. We just have one right now and are hoping to build on that."

Sarandos continued: "Our big unscripted effort is coming up - we have about 20 shows in different stages of development. We are looking to produce original programming in that space across all the different forms - cooking, competition, all those kind of things."

Photo credit: Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/Tom Graham / BBC

Related: The Great British Bake Off 2017 on Channel 4 – presenters, judges, start date and everything you need to know

Bake Off production company Love Productions signed a three-year deal with Channel 4 in a £25 million-a-year deal. The BBC offered £12.5 million a year, double what it used to pay, but that didn't prove enough.

Mary Berry and Mel & Sue all chose to leave the baking show, but Paul Hollywood remained - and now the hunt is on to find a second judge to appear alongside him.

Great British Menu star and successful restaurateur Prue Leith has confirmed that she has auditioned for the show. There's been no announcement yet on who Mary's replacement will be, though.

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