Channel 4 confirms 75-minute Great British Bake Off episodes, return of An Extra Slice

Comedian Jo Brand also back as spin-off show's presenter

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice with Jo Brand

Episodes of The Great British Bake Off WILL be extended to 75 minutes on Channel 4 - while the broadcaster has confirmed the return of spin-off show An Extra Slice with Jo Brand.

C4's version of the former BBC baking competition is taking shape, with bosses recently unveiling its new hosting line-up.

Paul Hollywood will be joined by new co-judge Prue Leith, and presenters Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.

However, although the show has lost the much-loved trio of Mary Berry, Mel and Sue, it turns out there is one more familiar face following Bake Off to its new home.

Today C4 announced that spin-off The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice is returning to our screens.

And what's more, comedian Jo Brand will be back as its host.

The magazine show sees Jo interview a celebrity panel about events in the tent, grill eliminated contestants and take a look at viewers' baking successes - and disasters.

Jo commented: "As a completely mediocre baker myself, but lover of all things spongey and tarty, I am really looking forward to another Extra Slice and all the fun and frolics that brings."

Meanwhile, C4 has also confirmed rumours that episodes of Bake Off will be extended from 60 to 75 minutes.

Fans had been concerned that the broadcaster would cut some content, such as the baking history segments, to accommodate adverts.

But the extra 15 minutes means ad breaks can be inserted without affecting the usual Bake Off format.

Chiefs previously promised they wouldn't change the gentle, family-friendly formula that has made the show a runaway success.

In addition, it was revealed today that C4 has given Paul his own five-part series.

'A Baker's Life' (working title) will give viewers an insight in to the 'real Paul Hollywood' as he retraces the steps of his baking career.

It will be made by Bake Off creator Love Productions.

The eighth series of The Great British Bake Off will air later this year.

 

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