Mary Berry’s Great British Bake Off replacement revealed
Paul Hollywood’s new judging partner has officially been revealed after Mary Berry decided to quit the Great British Bake Off last year.
The baking show previously announced it would be moving from BBC One to Channel 4, resulting in the loss of judge Mary Berry and presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins who all decided to remain with the original broadcaster.
And now, the news we’ve all been waiting for: Mary’s replacement has been revealed!
Drum roll please…
Prue Leith will be joining the series on Channel 4 this year!
Show bosses have supposedly described her as a “like for like” replacement for Mary.
A source informed The Sun newspaper: “In cookery circles, she’s practically royalty.
“Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over.
“Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge.
“But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes.”
Prue is no stranger to appearing on cookery television shows, having been a judge on BBC’s The Great British Menu. As well as being a successful novelist and newspaper columnist, she also ran a Michelin-starred restaurant and founded cookery college Leith’s School of Food and Wine in 1975.
Last month it was confirmed that the Great British Bake Off will air a full new series on Channel 4 in 2017, despite an original contract with the BBC stating the show should air in 2018.
After rival broadcaster Channel 4 bought the rights for a suspected £75m, the initial contract for the three-year deal stated that the channel must wait one year before airing the programme.
However, the BBC has now waived this clause, instead allowing Channel 4 to broadcast a new series later this year.
An insider told BBC News: “We don’t want to get in the way of them reinventing the programme.
“In this instance, we believe it would be undignified to have one public service broadcaster in a potential dispute with another and the associated costs for each party would ultimately come out of programming budgets.
“We don’t believe in driving up costs in the public sector.”
Great British Bake Off will return later this year to Channel 4.