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Bakers sought as The Great British Bake Off heads to Channel 4

Bakers sought as The Great British Bake Off heads to Channel 4

Love Productions has begun searching for contestants for the eighth series of The Great British Bake Off - even though Channel 4 can not now air it until 2018.

The show will be fronted by judge Paul Hollywood, 50, after fellow judge Mary Berry, 81, and hosts Mel Giedroyc, 48, and Sue Perkins, 47, made a decision to stay at the Beeb.

Mary broke the hearts of the British public after stepping down as a judge of The Great British Bake Off earlier this year.

The production company is looking for contestants even though it is still not clear whether a series will air in 2017 on Channel 4 after leaving the BBC this year.

The show will return to ABC in the USA, featuring eight new themed episodes and 24 challenges.

"It's as simple as that".

"We can confirm that we are beginning preparations for the production of The Great British Bake Off Series eight", said a spokesman for Love Productions. We are doing so in the same way as we have done since 2009.

"The precursor to every series is to find the next batch of wonderful bakers".

The show won't be airing in the United Kingdom - but thankfully British fans haven't seen the last of Mary.

The broadcaster has the rights to Bake Off from next year, and will air celebrity specials in 2017 to support Stand Up To Cancer.

It's a Mary Berry miracle - just when you thought the forthcoming Christmas episodes of The Great British Bake Off were all you had to look forward to, the baking queen provides once again.

Whilst she decided against moving to Channel 4 with the format, Mary is staying put with the "Bake Off" format in the US.