Channel 4 has finally revealed the line-up for its version of The Great British Bake Off.
Prue has been one of the faces of BBC Two’s Great British Menu for over 10 years.
“I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.” – Prue Leith
Acclaimed restaurateur and food writer Prue Leith will join ‘King of Bread’ Paul Hollywood in judging the creations of 12 amateur bakers. Keeping them company in the tent will be Sandi Toksvig OBE and actor and funnyman Noel Fielding.
“It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings. I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show.” – Sandi Toksvig OBE
QI and Fifteen to One host Sandi is one of the new faces of the Bake Off tent.
The Great British Bake Off, which started on BBC Two before switching to BBC One, has moved to Channel 4 following the BBC’s stance on the cost of retaining the programme.
Love Productions has licensed its programme to the commercial network for a reported £25 million per year, that’s ten million more yearly than the BBC were prepared to offer.
“GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.” – Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding is best known for The Mighty Boosh and appearances on panel shows including Never Mind The Buzzcocks.
Initially it was up in the air as to whether Channel 4 could get the show on air in 2017 due to a clause in Love’s contract with the beeb however, the matter was later resolved leaving the show’s new home free to air its eighth series this year.
“We are honoured to have the esteemed Prue Leith join Paul as judge on GBBO and know that Sandi and Noel will bring plenty of fun and warmth to the tent. We cannot wait for them to meet our new batch of bakers. On your marks, get set, BAKE!” – Richard McKerrow, Creator and Executive Producer
Of the show’s original presenting and judging quartet only Paul Hollywood remains. He noted of his new co-stars: “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show.”