The BBC has renewed their hit series The Great British Bake Off for a fifth season which will air in 2014 and, as was first hinted at as a possibility last year, the series will be relocating from its current home on BBC Two to flagship channel BBC One for season 5.
The series, which is hosted by Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc follows 13 amateurs competing in baking competitions under the steely eyes of judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, has been a consistent hit for BBC Two since it was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Janice Hadlow and then Commissioning Editor of Documentaries Charlotte Moore, who is now serving as Controller of BBC One. Since launching in 2010, The Great British Bake Off has grown its audience year-on-year, with the fourth season currently averaging a consolidated audience of 7 million viewers and a 27% share.
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”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore. “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.”
While Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two, added: “BBC Two has enjoyed great success this year with stand-out hits including The Wrong Mans, The Fall and Line Of Duty. 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.”