Channel 4 and Love Productions have confirmed a new two series agreement for The Great British Bake Off through to 2021.
The tenth series will be broadcast on Channel 4 later this year, with a further two series now confirmed to follow.
Channel 4 has also announced its intention to air Junior Bake Off for the first time. As part of this agreement, three new series will be made by Love Productions – the first consisting of 15 episodes will also air on Channel 4 in 2019.
“Over the last two years The Great British Bake Off has become one of the best loved programmes on 4, embodying the warmth, mischief and inclusivity for which the channel is known. We’re delighted to be continuing our fantastically collaborative partnership with Love Productions and especially to be discovering a new generation of British baking talent with Junior Bake Off.” – Ian Katz, Channel 4 Director of Programmes
Bake Off was first aired on BBC Two in 2010 before moving over to BBC One after four series in 2014, while Junior Bake Off was previously aired by CBBC.
The beeb lost the rights to the ratings banker after refusing to fork out more than £15 million a year to retain them. Love Productions, who own the rights, licensed the programme to Channel 4 for £25 million per year in a three year deal in 2016, with the show debuting on the channel the following year. The eighth and ninth series of Bake Off were the biggest Channel 4 series in over six years with an average of 9m viewers.
“We are delighted to have extended Bake Off’s stay on Channel 4 after two great years together. We have been hugely encouraged by the audience response and feedback the show has received during its time on Channel 4 and are thrilled to be bringing Junior Bake Off to the Channel. It seems particularly appropriate to be announcing news of the extension on Channel 4 as we enjoy Bake Off’s tenth anniversary on British television.” – Richard McKerrow, Chief Executive Love Productions