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Great British Bake Off Will Remain On TV Until At Least 2021, Channel 4 Confirms

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 6 days ago Rachel McGrath
Paul Hollywood, Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith sitting at a table posing for the camera: Baking trays added to UK inflation basket - and it might be thanks to The Great British Bake Off © The Independent Baking trays added to UK inflation basket - and it might be thanks to The Great British Bake Off

Channel 4 has confirmed good news for Great British Bake Off fans, revealing that the show will stay on our screens until at least 2021.

They have signed a deal with Love Productions, who actually make the show, to extend their partnership, agreeing to make two more series which will follow this year’s.

Channel 4 director Ian Katz shared his love for Bake Off following the news, calling the show “one of the best loved programmes on Channel 4, embodying the warmth, mischief and inclusivity for which the channel is known”.

The news was announced on Twitter, with a post that confirmed Junior Bake Off – which previously aired on CBBC, will also be airing for the first time since 2016:

a group of people in a room: The moment none of us could have anticipated would be one of the top entertainment stories of 2014, Iain Watters made headlines when his ruined Baked Alaska wound up in the bin, which he then frustratedly presented to the judges as his finished product. The moment none of us could have anticipated would be one of the top entertainment stories of 2014, Iain Watters made headlines when his ruined Baked Alaska wound up in the bin, which he then frustratedly presented to the judges as his finished product.
a man smiling for the camera: The ramifications of #BinGate were, as previously mentioned, unprecentedly massive. Mainly for Iain's fellow contestant, Diana Beard, who found herself on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse, when she was accused of sabotaging Iain's Baked Alaska.Paul Hollywood and Sue Perkins both piped up to defend Diana, while a statement from the BBC insisted: "Diana removing Iain's ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure." The ramifications of #BinGate were, as previously mentioned, unprecentedly massive. Mainly for Iain's fellow contestant, Diana Beard, who found herself on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse, when she was accused of sabotaging Iain's Baked Alaska.Paul Hollywood and Sue Perkins both piped up to defend Diana, while a statement from the BBC insisted: "Diana removing Iain's ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure."

Junior Bake Off will make its Channel 4 debut later this year, and Ian added that he’s delighted to ”be discovering a new generation of British baking talent” with the show. 

Since moving over to Channel 4 in 2017, Bake Off has remained a huge hit with TV fans, and its inaugural set of episodes in its new home became the broadcaster’s biggest series in more than six years. 

Paul Hollywood wearing a suit and tie: Remember when 'Bake Off' was first announced to have made the jump to Channel 4? Does anyone feel in hindsight the ensuing manic press coverage might have been an overreaction?Anyway, while Mary Berry decided to jump ship, as did presenters Mel and Sue, out of "loyalty" to the BBC, Paul stuck with the show when it moved to its new home, and people were not happy, with many accusing him of "following the dough" and betraying the BBC.Again, in hindsight... slight overreaction, no? Remember when 'Bake Off' was first announced to have made the jump to Channel 4? Does anyone feel in hindsight the ensuing manic press coverage might have been an overreaction?Anyway, while Mary Berry decided to jump ship, as did presenters Mel and Sue, out of "loyalty" to the BBC, Paul stuck with the show when it moved to its new home, and people were not happy, with many accusing him of "following the dough" and betraying the BBC.Again, in hindsight... slight overreaction, no?

When Bake Off moved to Channel 4 they gave the presenting and judging line-up a shake-up, but kept the show’s key elements, and continued to air celebrity specials for charity and spin-off show Extra Slice.

A celebrity series of Bake Off is currently airing, with another new regular series, Channel 4′s third overall, will be on our screens this summer.

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