When does The Great British Bake Off start? New series back on TV later than usual

When is The Great British Bake Off back on TV?

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Bad news Bake Off fans, The Great British Bake Off 2016 start date is set to be delayed.

The seventh series of The Great British Bake Off won't be back on TV until at the end of August at the earliest as a result of the Olympics.

Whereas this time last year we were counting down the days until Paul and Mary's return to TV, this summer we've just go to wait a little longer.

The exact GBB0 2016 launch date has now been confirmed by the BBC on Wednesday August 24 at 8PM on BBC One.

While we don't know much about this summer's GBBO we already know lots about a pair of special Christmas additions.

The BBC has confirmed that Mary, Paul, Mel and Sue will get into the festive spirit with two yuletide specials of The Great Christmas Bake Off.

Each episode, they will welcome back four bakers from past series and ask them to don their Christmas jumpers and aprons to tackle three festive challenges.

Meanwhile question marks have been raised over The Great British Bake Off's future on BBC One amid intense negotiations over future series.

Bake Off's seventh series is the last one guaranteed to air under the BBC's existing three-year deal with its production firm Love Productions, which is 70% owned by rival Sky.

However, although Beeb bosses are doing their very best to keep the show, its astronomical ratings have only increased its cost - which is bad news for the cash-strapped corporation.

And according to the Radio Times, GBBO's future on the BBC is now looking seriously "wobbly" as the two sides struggle to settle the price tag.

"It could be on Sky if they can't agree a number soon," a source told the magazine. "Love’s other programming deals with the BBC, which include The Great British Sewing Bee and The Great Pottery Throw Down, are also at risk."

ITV and Channel 4 are also reportedly interested in nabbing the show, but the Beeb's current deal with Love is understood to include a "cooling off" clause - which would prevent Bake Off from moving to a rival channel for a year.

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