The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice

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The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
The Great British Bake Off- An Extra Slice Title Card.jpg
Presented byJo Brand
StarringTom Allen
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series6
No. of episodes50
Production
Production location(s)The London Studios (2014–18)
Television Centre (2018–)
Running time30 minutes (2014-17)
45 minutes (2018–)
40 minutes (Comic Relief special)
Production company(s)Love Productions
Release
Original networkBBC Two (2014–16)
Channel 4 (2017–)
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 August 2014 (2014-08-08) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice (sometimes shortened to An Extra Slice) is a British television after-show to follow the series The Great British Bake Off. Hosted by Jo Brand, the show features three celebrity panelist to discus the after-events of the week. Originally, the show began airing on BBC Two on 8th August 2014 two days after the premiere episode of the fifth series of the main show, and was filmed at The London Studios. In April 2017, it was announced that the series and Brand would follow The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4 in 2017. The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice returned on 30 August 2019 on Channel 4. [1]

History[edit]

The after show was announced in July 2014.[2][3] Comedian Jo Brand was later announced as the host of the series on 24 July 2014.[4][5] The show returned for a second run, beginning on 7 August 2015, and for a third series on 24 August 2016. A fourth series began on 31 August 2017 on Channel 4. A fifth series began on 31 August 2018, moving to Friday evenings.[6]

Format[edit]

Brand and three rotating panelists appear on each episode. The panelists are generally a chef or cooking expert, such as Michel Roux Jr. or Rosemary Schrager, a comedian such as Hal Cruttenden, and a well-known figure who is a fan of the show. The panel has also featured past bakers, including winners Nancy Birtwhistle and Nadiya Hussain. A typical episode begins with Brand reviewing the events of the previous episode while showing clips, including unseen footage from the tent, usually humorous outtakes. Afterwards, she interviews the panelists about the current episode and what happened in the tent that week. In the next segment, she presents images of bakes viewers have sent in, the talks about the bakes the audience have brought to the studio, at least one of which the panelists try. In the final segment, the most recently eliminated baker joins the panel and is interviewed again by Brand. The baker is invited to bring one of their "less-successful bakes" which Brand and the panel sample. The segment concludes with the baker being presented a cake that captures their time in the tent. Brand concludes the show by showing a preview of what will happen in the next episode of the main show.

Panelists[edit]

While on the BBC, the celebrity panel typically (though not always) consisted of a professional baker/chef, a celebrity who is a fan of the show, and a comedian. In the final episode of each series judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry normally made an appearance on the panel, along with a comedian. However, in the first episode of the fourth series (tied to the 8th series of the main show), Prue Leith made an appearance on the panel, while Hollywood appeared on episode 3.[7] In the Channel 4 version of the show, the panel consists of two comedians and an actor or other fan. In 2018, Tom Allen joined the series as a regular contributor, reviewing audience members' bakes. Sarah Millican hosted one edition of the second series in 2015, as regular host Jo Brand was unavailable.

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes Timeslot Channel
1 8 August 2014 8 October 2014 10 Friday 9:00 pm BBC Two
2 7 August 2015 9 October 2015 10
3 26 August 2016 28 October 2016 10
4 31 August 2017 2 November 2017 10 Thursday 10:00 pm Channel 4
5 31 August 2018 2 November 2018 10 Friday 8:00 pm
6 30 August 2019 1 November 2019 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/jo-brand-confirmed-to-return-to-host-the-great-british-bake-off-an-ex
  2. ^ Sarah Deen (18 July 2014). "'Cake just got bigger': New Great British Bake Off teaser lands | Metro News". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. ^ Hyland, Karen (6 July 2014). "The Great British Bake-off: BBC2 offers up An Extra Slice! - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Jo Brand to front Great British Bake Off BBC Two spinoff An Extra Slice - Great British Bake Off News - Reality TV". Digital Spy. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ Webb, Claire (23 July 2014). "The Great British Bake Off to get Apprentice-style spin-off An Extra Slice presented by Jo Brand". Radiotimes.com. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  6. ^ https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/gw9rkn/the-great-british-bake-off-an-extra-slice--series-9-episode-1/
  7. ^ "Bake Off fans relieved Extra Slice is the same on C4". Digital Spy. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 1 September 2017.

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