Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will join the upcoming Channel 4 version of The Great British Bake Off (GBBO).
Chef and author Prue Leith will join Paul Hollywood on the judging panel, while writer Sandi Toksvig OBE and comedian Noel Fielding will co-host the show, GBBO production company Love Productions has confirmed.
Leith said she was thrilled to be joining Paul, Sandi and Noel on the “biggest show on TV”.
“I cannot wait to see what the real stars of the show – the bakers – are going to create for us,” Leith said. “It is such an honour to be part of The Great British Bake Off team.”
Leith’s agent, Hilary Knight Management, told British Baker in February 2017 that she was a contender to replace Mary Berry as a judge for the show.
Toksvig revealed on Twitter: “It’s an extraordinary honour to be part of this national treasure of a show.”
Toksvig is a Danish-British presenter and producer who took over Stephen Fry as host of the BBC television quiz show QI in October 2016. She was also part of BBC Radio 4’s The News Quiz from 2006 to 2015.
Fielding, best-known for comedy series The Mighty Boosh, said Bake Off was one of his favourite shows and that landing the job was “a dream come true”.
The trio will replace Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc for the Channel 4 series that is set to be broadcast in Autumn 2017 (an official date is yet to be announced).