The Great British Bake Off delayed by the Olympics
The new series of The Great British Bake Off has been delayed by nineteen days due to the Olympic Games airing on the BBC.
The return date for the series is tipped to be August 24, three days after the Olympics closing ceremony. In 2014 and 2015, The Great British Bake Off premiered in the first week of August.
According to The Sun, a source close to the show said: “Bake Off is a juggernaut unlike anything else on the TV. It pulls in huge, huge viewing figures but the bosses still have to think practically.
“The Olympics is a big deal for the Beeb and they are basically wiping their prime-time schedule to show all of the action.
“The Bake Off is one of the pinnacles of their year so they’re not going to waste it. The view is if it starts on 10 million plus viewers, it’ll stay there all series.
“It just makes sense for it to start after the Olympic action has finished.”
The quintessentially-British baking show has been an unexpected hit for the BBC. It began modestly on BBC Two in 2010 with an average of 2.8 million average viewers, and has gone from strength to strength. Last year’s series attracted an average of 12.3 million viewers on prime time BBC One.
Full time mum Nadiya Hussain won the 2015 series and has since made several television appearances, including making and presenting a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday earlier this year.