Mary Berry and the BBC might have something else cooking. After The Great British Bake Off announced it would move from its original home on the BBC to Channel 4 in a dramatic shake-up, losing its two hosts and judge Berry in the process, sources told The Telegraph that the BBC is considering developing another cooking show reuniting Berry with comedy duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who also declined to leave with the show. Berry’s co-judge, Paul Hollywood, was the only person of the original GBBO quartet to make the move to Channel 4, at the call of a three-year contract reportedly worth 1 million pounds. Though the BBC has not officially commented on The Telegraph’s report, BBC director of content Charlotte Moore hinted at the possibility of a BBC GBBO rival when addressing the news that Berry would stay loyal to the BBC, saying, “I can’t wait to cook up more unmissable shows with her in the future.” Now this is what we call a bake-off.
We’ve reached out to the BBC for comment and will update this post if we hear back.