It was inevitable really. As RadioTimes.com pointed out at the start of September, a BBC2 show regularly pulling in audiences of 7 million is not going to escape the attentions of its bigger brother for long, and we’ve been proved right – when The Great British Bake Off returns for its fifth series next year it will be on BBC1.
The flagship channel's controller Charlotte Moore, who launched the show in 2009 in her capacity as commissioning editor of documentaries, made the announcement this morning, saying “I’ve championed The Great British Bake Off from the very start and believe the time is absolutely right to bring the show to an even broader audience on BBC1.
“I’ve watched the series grow over the last few years and earn a special place in the nation’s hearts. It’s inspiring and warm storytelling at its best which celebrates the huge talent of enthusiastic and passionate bakers from all over the country.
“It’s been fantastic to watch it flourish on BBC2 and I can assure viewers I will continue to cherish it on BBC1.”
Bake Off is the highest rating series on BBC2 this year, with around 7 million tuning in each week to enjoy the very British combination of innuendo-strewn baking in a village fete-style setting, accompanied by twinkle-eyed Mary Berry and her floury sex god co-judge Paul Hollywood.
A BBC source told RadioTimes.com last month that the show's success was “unprecedented”, and that a move to BBC1 was practically inevitable: “As with onetime BBC2 show Who Do You Think You Are? once you get those kind of figures you kind of become a BBC1 show whether you like it or not”.
But that doesn't change the fact that Bake Off and BBC2 go together like tea and cake. So when the series returns next year on BBC1, will there be something missing from the recipe or will the rise and rise of The Great British Bake Off continue?
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The Great British Bake Off is tonight at 8pm on BBC2