Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off episodes will be 75 minutes long
It has been announced that the new series of the Great British Bake Off will run for 75 minutes per episode.
When the popular baking series made the transfer from the BBC to Channel 4 last year, many fans of the show were concerned that the regular advert breaks would mean a reduced amount of Bake Off content. However, the broadcaster has confirmed that there will remain an hours worth of viewing material in the 2017 series.
A spokesperson for the show said: “We have always promised viewers that they would not be short-changed on the show, even though we are an ad-funded channel. The programme will run for 75 minutes to allow that.”
Not only have producers made a conscious effort to ensure the running time remains the same but they have also decided to keep many of the main format elements in place. Sources have reported the theme tune, as well as the filming location of Welford Park in Berkshire, will not undergo any changes.
An insider said previously: “While Channel 4 are keen to put their own stamp on the show, they are not trying to reinvent the wheel.
“They want to attract new legions of Bake Off fans, but also don’t want to dishearten those loyal viewers who have been watching it for years and are planning to keep doing so despite the change in channel.
“Viewers will get the familiar tent set-up, in the beautiful grounds of Welford Park, and the same theme tune they’ve been hearing since it was first launched in 2010.”
So us devoted Bake Off fans can definitely relax – it doesn’t sound like our favourite show will be all that different after all! Having said that, viewers will have to make room for a new judge and hosts this year after Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc decided to leave the show and remain with the BBC in 2016. Instead, the 2017 edition will welcome Noel Fielding, Sandy Toksvig and Prue Leith to the baking tent.
Great British Bake Off will return later this year to Channel 4.