Bake Off fans, the BBC has already found their own replacement for GBBO

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Kayleigh Dray

Just weeks ago, Bake Off fans across the nation were plunged into a state of mourning after it was announced that the show would be moving to Channel 4 – without Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc, or Sue Perkins.

But, while the BBC may have lost the rights to their number one show, they aren’t willing to let go of the baking baton (which we presume takes the form of a wooden spoon) just yet.

You guessed it; they’ve only gone and developed a brand-new cookery show.

Dubbed The Big Family Cooking Challenge (a working title, thankfully), the show will see amateur families battle to become the nation's best home cooks.

Each team will span across generations, with grannies and grandkids alike taking turns to beat the mixtures, stare pensively into the ovens, and, presumably, help out with the washing up.

The drama will kick in once the Beeb sends a team of expert judges into the families’ homes to help whittle down teams through challenges involving everyday meals.


The BBC's Acting Head of Formats and Features Donna Clark said: "I'm thrilled to be taking food competitions in a different direction.

"A passion for food starts in the family kitchen and this format will take us into homes up and down the country, where we'll meet Britain's most passionate and exciting families of cooks."

The Big Family Cooking Challenge, which is currently in pre-production, has been described as a "feel-good show full of character and warmth with authentic home cooking at its heart".

Sound familiar?

Yup, it’s essential Bake Off, albeit with a wider range of food plus added family dynamics.


The cherry on the top of the cake, however, is the rumour that Berry, Giedroyc, and Perkins will be joining the show’s lineup.

The trio refused to “follow the dough” to Channel 4 when the Bake Off rights were sold on, choosing instead to remain loyal to the Beeb.

And it seems to have paid off; Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, has already said that there are plans to “cook up more unmissable shows with [them] in the future”.

Paul Hollywood, sadly, will not be joining his former co-stars; he has signed a three-year deal, said to be worth around £1 million, to move with Bake Off to its new home on the rival channel.

The Big Family Cooking Challenge is due to hit screens in summer 2017.

Image: BBC, Mark Bourdillon