Bad news Bake Off fans, The Great British Bake Off 2016 start date has been delayed – we feel your pain, we knead our Mary Berry (ft. Paul Hollywood) fix too.
Sadly thought, the seventh series of the award-winning baking competition won’t return to our screens until the end of August, at the earliest, as a result of the Olympics.
BBC bosses have decided to air the next series after this summer’s games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil have ended, meaning that the show will start a little later than usual.
According to early reports, the launch date could be scheduled around the last week of August, possibly on Wednesday August 24 or August 31, but there is a chance that it could even be pushed to September.
Whichever date is ultimately decided, there will be plenty of GBBO in the mix, with a feast of festive season specials planned as we move into the final quarter of the year.
It was previously confirmed that Mary and Paul, along with Mel and Sue, will appear in two yuletide specials, whereby four bakers from past series’ will don their Christmas jumpers and compete in some festive challenges.
Meanwhile, this could be GBBO’s swansong on the BBC as the show’s contract is set to run out after the specials air – with rival networks hoping to grab a slice of the action.
ITV and Channel 4 are both reportedly locked in a “bidding war” for the series, but the Beeb’s current deal is understood to include a “cooling off” clause, which could prevent the show from moving to a rival channel for a year.