American Pie: Great British Bake Off gets US remake

The BBC2 baking format has been picked up by the CBS network for 2013

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American Pie: Great British Bake Off gets US remake
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The Great British Bake Off will be remade in America by CBS next year, the network has confirmed. The US channel has given the popular UK culinary format a straight-to-series commission with the working title Bake Off.

An unexpected ratings hit for BBC2, the UK version of the show saw a peak audience of 6.8m viewers tune in to see 23-year old amateur baker John Whaite lift the crown on Tuesday night as the third series of the programme came to an end.

Judged by cookery writer Mary Berry and baker Paul Hollywood, the British show began in 2010 and has since spawned a number of spin-off shows in the UK including a junior version, The Great British Wedding Cake and a charity Bake Off for the BBC's Sport Relief.

The programme, which is made and formatted by Love Productions, has already been sold to a number of international markets for remake including Australia, France, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Belgium and Ireland.

Bake Off will allow CBS to enter the growing food reality market in American television which already sees Fox broadcasting a US version of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and MasterChef.

At present no presenters or judges have been confirmed for the US project which is expected to air in America in 2013.