Bake Off to move to BBC One next year

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BBC Two's The Great British Bake Off has been rising in popularity every year; now BBC One wants a share of the cake.

Charlotte Moore, BBC One controller, announced on Tuesday that the amateur baking competition - credited with sparking a UK baking revival - will switch channels for its fifth series next year.

Judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, and presented by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, The Great British Bake Off is attracting average audiences of around 7m this time round, making it BBC Two's highest rating series of 2013.

Viewing has grown steadily since 2.8m tuned in for the opening series in 2010.

Moore, who commissioned the show in 2009 when she was commissioning editor of documentaries with BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow, said the time was right to make the switch to the BBC's flagship channel.

'Warm storytelling'

'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 BBC One,' she said.

'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 BBC Two and I can assure viewers I will continue to cherish it on BBC One."

The programme is made by Love Productions and exec produced since the start by Emma Willis, head of commissioning, documentaries, for BBC One, Two and Four.

Bake Off is the latest in a long line of BBC Two successes - anything from One Man and His Dog to Miranda - in making the move to One.

'BBC Two has enjoyed great success this year with stand-out hits including The Wrong Mans, The Fall and Line Of Duty,' said Janice Hadlow, BBC Two controller, as she prepared to let another hit go.

'I'm so proud to have helped build The Great British Bake Off into one of the most popular series of recent years and although sad to see it leave BBC Two, I wish the series all the very best in its new home.'


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