The BBC announced last Autumn that the show was moving to Channel 4 after Love Productions, the maker of the hit show, signed a three-year agreement with Channel 4.
Judge Mary Berry and hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins decided not to move with the programme. But Paul Hollywood will remain a judge for the next three series.
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. He will be joined by new judge Prue Leith, who is a restaurateur and author.
Alongside the judges will be presenter, comedian and writer Sandi Toksvig and comedian and actor Noel Fielding.
They will preside over 12 amateur bakers who will compete in 30 challenges shown over 10 weeks in a bid to win the title of Bake Off 2017 champion.
The eighth series of the multi-award-winning show starts with ‘cake week’ – one of the traditional challenges when the show was on the BBC.
According to a news story posted on www.bbc.co.uk on Augurs 16, the Channel 4 listings give a taste of what is to come in the first offering: “The Bake Off begins with cake week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge,” it says.
“Next, Prue sets her first technical – a children’s tea party favourite – and everyone is out to impress the new judge.
“And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: an illusion cake. Creating these mind-blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit. Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers – and their cakes – are made of.”