The hunt is on for amateur bakers to take part in the eighth series of The Great British Bake Off.
If you fancy putting your skills to the test then apply now and prove what you're made of. Or... if you know someone up for the challenge, tell them to get off their soggy bottoms, give them a crème pat on the back and persuade them to apply.
Paul Hollywood has today confirmed that he will remain a judge on The Great British Bake Off for the next three series when the hit show moves to Channel 4. One of the country’s leading artisan bakers, Paul has been a judge on The Great British Bake Off since the first series in 2010.
Paul Hollywood said: “Since I was a kid, baking has been part of my life. The seven series inside the tent have created some great memories. Best of all, I have felt so pleased to experience other people getting the baking bug, just as I did when my dad helped me make my first loaf.
“The Great British Bake Off has brought baking to the nation and we’ve seen people from all walks of life and backgrounds, experience the highs and lows of competition, and more importantly helping each other. It’s been a huge part of my life in the past few years and I just couldn’t turn my back on all that – the bakers themselves, the bakes, the team that makes it, and of course the tent, the bunting, and who could forget… the squirrels.
“So I am delighted that I will be continuing as a judge when Bake Off moves to Channel 4. I want to thank the BBC and Mel and Sue for making my time in the tent great fun and really rewarding.”
“We respect Mary’s decision not to join the next chapter of the Bake Off story. We are immensely grateful to her for all her work and for her recognition today that Love Productions had made a ‘unique and brilliant format from day one’ with Bake Off. The whole family, crew and team that made Bake Off for the BBC, and who will now make it just as brilliantly for C4, will miss her.”
The Great British Bake Off: Mel and Sue
13th September 2016
“We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4.”
Philip Glenister and Ant Anstead reunite for a one off special. This time the boys decide to restore a Lotus Elite, a classic of 1950s British motoring and the first road car designed and built by Formula 1 genius Colin Chapman. Ant promises the seller that he will not only restore the car but enter it into the biggest classic car race of the year in only ten weeks.
The Great British Bake Off to air on Channel 4 from 2017
12th of September 2016
Channel 4 will become the new home of The Great British Bake Off after signing a new three-year agreement with the producers of the hit show, Love Productions.
Under the new creative partnership the multi-award winning show will remain on free-to-air television.
The first Bake Off programming planned to broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of Stand Up to Cancer.
Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer said: “Channel 4 is very proud to be the new home for The Great British Bake Off. I’m delighted we have been able to partner with the hugely talented team at Love Productions to keep this much loved show on free-to-air television.”
Richard McKerrow, Love Productions Creative Director said: “We believe we’ve found the perfect new home for Bake Off. It’s a public service, free-to-air broadcaster for whom Love Productions have produced high quality and highly successful programmes for more than a decade.
“It’s tremendously exciting to have found a broadcaster who we know will protect and nurture The Great British Bake Off for many years to come.”