Great British Bake Off 2017: First look at new line up as series starts filming

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF

Channel 4 has revealed the first picture for The Great British Bake Off 2017.

The channel will be taking over the show this year from the BBC.

Restaurateur, food writer and novelist Prue Leith will be joining Paul Hollywood as judge of The Great British Bake Off after Mary Berry quit.

Paul Hollywood said: “I could not be more delighted by who will be joining me on the show. Prue is a hugely respected culinary legend and Sandi and Noel are warm and utterly hilarious. I cannot wait to get back in the tent with the bakers.”

Prue Leith said: “I am just so thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the biggest show on TV and I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us. It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team. “

Meanwhile, GBBO hosts Sandi Toksvig OBE and Noel Fielding will join judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, replacing Mel and Sue.

Sandi Toksvig OBE said: “It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show.

"I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings. I am so delighted to be working with Love Productions and Channel 4 on this best of British show.”

Noel Fielding added: “GBBO is one of my favourite shows. I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double “.

The new series is expected to launch in the autumn.

While the judges and hosts are new, everything else is expected to stay the same including the iconic tent set the grounds of a luxury Wiltshire estate.

"While Channel 4 are keen to put their own stamp on the show, they are not trying to reinvent the wheel," a source told The Sun newspaper.

The insider added: “They want to attract new legions of Bake Off fans, but also don’t want to dishearten those loyal viewers who have been watching it for years and are planning to keep doing so despite the change in channel."

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