The Radio Times claims that next year’s series of the ratings smash hit will be aired on BBC One. If it happens The Great British Bake Off won’t be the first show to be promoted to the corporation’s flagship channel and it probably won’t be the last either.
With ratings around 6 million viewers – more than some episodes of Casualty, EastEnders and Holby City are pulling in – it’s not surprising the BBC are considering moving the show to BBC One. A BBC source has told the Radio Times “Bake Off is getting nigh on six million for the first stages of a contest series, which is unprecedented, As with onetime BBC2 show Who Do You Think You Are? once you get those kind of figures you kind of become a BBC1 show whether you like it or not”
Daytime game-show The Weakest Link originally started on BBC Two before it was snatched up by BBC One when it became a ratings hit. The genealogical show Who Do You Think You Are? started out on BBC Two as did Alan Sugar series The Apprentice.
Earlier this year the comedy Miranda moved over to BBC One following several successful seasons on BBC Two. Topical panel-show Have I Got News For You originally started on BBC Two.
Some other BBC shows have aired on several channels during their run. The Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood aired its first season on BBC Three, its second on BBC Two, and its third & fourth on BBC One. The Stephen Fry fronted panel show QI started on BBC Four, moved to BBC Two, moved to BBC One and is now back on BBC Two.
So its not uncommon for the BBC to move shows across its range of channels depending on their popularity.