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The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, sometimes shortened to An Extra Slice, is a British television show after-show to follow the series The Great British Bake Off. Hosted by Jo Brand, the show began airing on BBC Two on 8 August 2014 two days after the premiere episode of the fifth series of GBBO, and is 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.[1]

The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice
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Presented by Jo Brand
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 40
Production
Location(s) The London Studios
Running time 30 minutes
40 minutes (Comic Relief special)
Production company(s) Love Productions
Release
Original network BBC Two (2014-16)
Channel 4 (2017-)
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 8 August 2014 (2014-08-08) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Great British Bake Off

Contents

FormatEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

PanelistsEdit

The celebrity panel typically (though not always) consists 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, Prue Leith made an appearance on the panel, while Hollywood appeared on episode 3.[6]

TransmissionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes Channel
1 8 August 2014 8 October 2014 10 BBC Two
2 7 August 2015 9 October 2015 10
3 28 August 2016 28 October 2016 10
4 31 August 2017 2 November 2017 10 Channel 4

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