Kent’s Jo Brand confirms she will present Great British Bake Off spin-off An Extra Slice on Channel 4
PUBLISHED: 16:29 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 20 April 2017
She will join Canterbury’s Paul Hollywood in making the switch from the BBC to its new home
Comedian Jo Brand will join the next series of The Great British Bake Off as she brings back her spin-off programme, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice.
Formerly a BBC Two production, the new run will move to Channel 4 along with the main baking show when it returns for its eighth series.
Brand, who grew up in Kent, living in St Mary’s Platt and Benenden, will welcome a fresh host of celebrity guests to discuss the show’s latest episodes, as well as each contestant to leave the tent as the competition progresses.
She will also invite her audience of Bake Off fans to bring in their own culinary masterpieces as she shares clips of exclusive footage and unseen moments from the main show.
Brand 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.”
The next Bake Off series will be a landmark for the much-loved show as it returns with a new line-up of hosts.
Long-standing TV baker Paul Hollywood, who lives near Canterbury, will stay on as judge, while Prue Leith replaces Mary Berry and Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding take over from rib-tickling presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.
Major changes in the show have provoked mixed reactions from its legions of loyal fans.