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18 May 2017, 13:50
No Mary, Mel or Sue - but 'The Great British Bake Off' is still set to get off to a massive start this year.
Channel 4 are giving fans of The Great British Bake Off an early Christmas present, as they’ve announced that there’ll be two festive GBBO specials later this year.
It’ll be your first chance to check out the show’s revamped format, brand new presenting duo and fresh new judge following its move to Channel 4.
However, TV site Broadcast, which broke the news of the specials, said it is not yet known whether the shows will feature celebrity contestants or the general public.
It was announced last year that Channel 4 had swiped the rights to the cooking series from the BBC – which had screened the show since 2010 – after bosses coughed up an impressive sum in return for a three-year contract.
Shortly after the news was out in the open, presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins decided to quit rather than – in their words – "follow the dough". While presenting the TV BAFTAs on Sunday, Perkins took a swipe at the rival broadcaster, quipping that they should "crack on before someone sells the format to Channel 4".
Baking legend Mary Berry – who has judged on the programme since its very first episode – later announced she was quitting the series out of "loyalty" to the BBC. Go, Mazz!
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However, Channel 4 managed to persuade Paul Hollywood to remain on the programme as a judge.
Cookery legend Prue Leith will be Paul's new judging co-star, while comedian Noel Fielding and quiz icon Sandi Toksvig will be the new presenters.
We’ll have to get used to ads on the new version of Bake Off (bosses have confirmed the episodes will run for 75 minutes instead of 60).
We imagine the Christmas specials will feature yule logs, Christmas cake and mince pies galore. We can’t wait. On your marks, get set…BAKE!!