Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC1, announced today that the hit BBC2 show ‘The Great British Bake Off’ will move across to BBC1 for its fifth series next year.
The award-winning series, made by Love Productions, has been a phenomenal success on BBC2 since launching in 2010. Over the four series, the show has grown in popularity to win record ratings, with audiences flocking in to see experts Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood judge the amateur baking competition presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Widely credited with helping to reinvigorate baking throughout the UK, the series is currently the highest rating series on BBC2 this year, so far averaging 7 million viewers per episode.
Charlotte Moore said: “I’ve championed ‘The Great British Bake Off’ from the very start and believe the time is absolutely right to bring the show to an even broader audience on BBC1. I’ve watched the series grow over the last few years and earn a special place in the nation’s hearts.
“It’s inspiring and warm storytelling at its best which celebrates the huge talent of enthusiastic and passionate bakers from all over the country. It’s been fantastic to watch it flourish on BBC2 and I can assure viewers I will continue to cherish it on BBC1.”