Channel 4 targeting French and Saunders, Delia Smith for The Great British Bake Off

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Delia Smith, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are reportedly top of Channel 4's wishlist for The Great British Bake Off.

The much-loved show will head to its new home next year - but presenters Mel and Sue and judge Mary Berry have all quit out of loyalty to the BBC.

Paul Hollywood is the only star that will return to the tent, leaving C4 bosses with three spots to fill. However, The Sun claims that they've already picked their dream candidates.

Delia, one of the UK's best-selling cookery authors, is apparently wanted to take over from Mary.

"The pressure is now on to sign up the best team possible," a source said.

"The bosses want a real baking legend to replace Mary and Delia is topping the list there, as her cookery books are an absolute kitchen staple."

Meanwhile, Mel and Sue could be replaced by fellow comedy duo French and Saunders, known for their BBC sketch show. They are among the bookies' favourites for the hosting gig.

"Dawn and Jennifer would be a dynamite signing," the mole added. "They have wonderful chemistry, which is what viewers really loved about Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins."

C4 insists that nobody has been approached for the roles yet. "We are taking our time to find the right presenters and judges for Bake Off," a spokesperson commented.

The broadcaster reportedly paid £75million for a three-year deal to air Bake Off - but has faced criticism for doing so without securing the majority of the stars that made it a ratings juggernaut.

Its first edition of the show is due to be a celebrity special.

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