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‘Great British Bake Off’ return date confirmed

By David Hutchison

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The BBC has announced that The Great British Bake Off will return for its fifth series on August 6.

This will be the first series of the baking competition to air on BBC One, with the previous four runs having found success on BBC Two.

Mel and Sue will return to present the show, with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood on hand to taste cakes and criticise any soggy bottoms.

The BBC has also confirmed that a brand new sister show, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, will air on BBC Two immediately after the main show. Jo Brand will present the companion series, and will be joined each week by three celebrity Bake Off fans to discuss the ups and downs of the contest.

Speaking about her new role, Brand said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been asked to be part of An Extra Slice. As someone who obviously loves cakes but also, keeps a very strict eye on my figure and exercises assiduously to keep healthy, I hope I am a worthy candidate to represent the Borough Of Baking.”

Last week the BBC released a new teaser trailer for the series – click here to watch it.