'The Great British Bake Off' ratings rise amidst Channel 4 - BBC drama

Nadiya Hussain last year’s Bake Off winner praised the Bake Off team and was positive about its future Ben A. Pruchnie  Getty Images

Nadiya Hussain last year’s Bake Off winner praised the Bake Off team and was positive about its future Ben A. Pruchnie Getty Images

However, discussion behind the scenes and online hint that the bakers may follow Mel and Sue by choosing to bow out of the Bake-Off before the next series airs.

"She's with Love Productions, who make the show, anyway and she made her last programme, Chronicles of Nadiya, with them". We've had the most fantastic time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

But this picture-perfect postcard vision of an idealised Britannia is coming to an end: plucked from the BBC by Channel 4.

Thought to have paid between £25 million and £75 million for the show, Channel 4 will go on to make around £80 million pounds per series thanks to their advertising, according to Digital Spy.

It has been reported that Mel, 48, and Sue, 46, now take home more than £100,000 each per series, but insiders say the real reason for their departure was that they were kept in the dark over the new deal.

With around five or six adverts per break, Channel 4 would pocket over a million each time the show cut for a few minutes.

"They were absolutely lovely on the show - they were always there if one of us was upset and in the lunch breaks they would come and sit with us". The public doesn't care which one produces what show.

But it comes after the show's hosts Mel and Sue dramatically quit following the move. Already, former winners are speaking out in defence of Mel and Sue, saying that the show is nothing without them. Good luck to them.

How the BBC will respond to the loss of the show, which often gets more than 13m viewers, is yet to be seen.

Meanwhile the BBC and Channel 4 are still vying over judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, with neither broadcaster wanting to lose the TV stars.

Beca said: "Obviously the BBC now has a big hole in its schedule and its budget but I'm not sure how they'll respond to the loss".

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