Let’s face it – we’re all getting pretty excited about the return of The Great British Bake Off this year – even if it looks very different to the show we knew last year, with its move to Channel Four and the arrival of new presenters and judges.
But we can’t forget about the equally fabulous spin off show, An Extra Slice, which was presented by Jo Brand and featured guests discussing the adventures and mishaps of the bakers on each episode of the show.
And now, the fate of the Bake Off spin-off has just been revealed – and good news, it will return on Channel Four!
But who will front the show? Will there be a presenter shake-up like there was on the main programme?
Never fear, because the inimitable and hilarious Jo Brand will be back to present An Extra Slice when it moves to Channel Four later this year. She’ll continue to be joined by celebrity fans of the show to discuss the highs and lows of every stage of the competition.
The programme will also continue with the tradition of chatting to the departing baker every week about their time on the show, and will keep showing unseen footage from the main programme.
Discussing her Bake Off life, Brand said “As a completely mediocre baker myself, but lover of all things spongey and tarty, I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings.” Us too Jo, us too.
And, speaking about the shocking new line-up for the main show, she said, “The next Bake Off series will be a landmark for the much-loved show as it returns with a new lineup of hosts.”
The return of the new series will see more baking goodness in your life than ever before, as it’s been revealed that the episodes in the new Channel Four series will now be 75-minutes long.
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But don’t get too excited, because the extra time is only to make way for the adverts shown on Channel Four. But it does means that fans will still get the full hour of the programme – where most shows on the network only run for an hour including advert time.
And for those of you who want to see even more of the judge who stuck around on the show, Paul Hollywood, this is for you. The baker is getting his very own show in addition to Bake Off, called A Baker’s Life, which will run for five episodes and will see Paul visit the chefs and kitchens that have inspired him throughout his baking career.
According to the production company, the programme will “allow viewers to get to know the real Paul Hollywood who, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, has always earned his crust through baking bread.”