Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins have huge shoes to fill, having quit The Great British Bake Off after Channel 4 bought it from The BBC. And now Channel 4 has confirmed the new presenters to take their place: Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding. They've also drafted in the wonderful Mary Berry's replacement to join the returning Paul Hollywood in the shape of restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith.
Everyone seems excited for the new series, none more so than Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt:
“The Great British Bake Off will have a uniquely Channel 4 take when it airs this autumn. Paul and Prue have huge amounts of expertise and warmth. I’m looking forward to seeing them putting our great new bunch of amateur bakers through their paces. Sandi and Noel bring a fresh wit and quirkiness to the tent. It’s just the sort of innovative lineup audiences expect from Channel 4.”
Returning judge Paul Hollywood made the following statement:
“I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”
While new judge Prue Leith added the following...
“I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.”
Noel Fielding said:
“GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me!”
While Sandi Toksvig added:
“It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business. The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh. The only down side is that he has much better dress sense that I do. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings.”
With the presenters and judges set and the latest series due to air this year, despite rumours that it would have to wait until 2018, it seems like The Great British Bake Off is back in action. Will you be joining the show on Channel 4? Or are you Mel, Sue and Mary loyalists and will be departing with fond memories of its BBC days?