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Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have confirmed they will stop hosting the Great British Bake Off when it moves to Channel 4 next year.

In a statement on Tuesday, the pair condemned the decision to move the popular show from the BBC after a dispute over money and said they were “not going with the dough”.

Perkins and Giedroyc had both spoken previously of their desire for the baking competition to remain at the BBC, which has been home to the show since it began in 2010.

Neither they nor the judges, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, were consulted during the negotiations over its future. After the talks collapsed on Monday afternoon, Perkins tweeted the BBC statement which expressed the hope that Love Productions, which makes the show, would reverse their decision.

Perkins and Giedroyc said in a statement. “We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.”

Their decision to step down will be a huge blow to Channel 4, which agreed a £25m-a-year deal to broadcast the show. Perkins and Giedroyc’s chemistry and saucy, innuendo-laden presenting style are considered a key part of Bake Off’s popularity.

“The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of 2 million to nearly 15 at its peak,” the pair said. “We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps. We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

Perkins and Giedroyc met when they were students at Cambridge University in the late 1980s and were members of the Footlights drama group. They presented Channel 4’s comedy talk show Light Lunch, which was moved to a primetime slot in 1999 and renamed Late Lunch. In 2015, they were given their own ITV chat show.

Their departure raises the question of whether Hollywood and Berry will also choose to leave the show after this series. Hollywood has spoken in the past of his loyalty to the BBC.

“I’ve said, I think the girls have said as well, we want to stay with the BBC,” he said during a Top Gear appearance in June. “As far as Mary, Mel, Sue and myself, we want to stay with the BBC.”

Berry has kept largely quiet on the matter but said on Monday that “anything that happens is nothing to do with my choice”.

A spokesman for Love Productions said: “We would like to thank Mel and Sue for bringing their own unique humour to the tent over the past years and we respect their decision not to be part of the Bake Off team on Channel 4.”

The news was greeted with an outpouring of dismay from former Bake Off contestants. Richard Burr, who took part in the 2014 series, posted on Twitter: “Without Mel and Sue it just isn’t Bake Off. Channel 4 has just bought a tent.”

Another 2014 contestant, Martha Collison, said: “Well that’s the end of that. Mel and Sue are the true stars of the show – irreplaceable.”

John Whaite, the winner of the show in 2012, described it as “very sad news”.

“They’re wonderful girls who made the show what it is. Now, I’m not feeling so hopeful,” he said.

The BBC is understood to have offered £15m – double its previous terms – to keep the show, but baulked when Love Productions demanded an estimated £25m a year.

The broadcaster described Bake Off as a “quintessential BBC show,” adding: “We made a very strong offer to keep the show, but we are a considerable distance apart on the money. The BBC’s resources are not infinite.”

As well as a disagreement over money, it is understood that Love Productions was keen to move Bake Off to a home where it could expand the commercial side of the programme.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to agree either a fair valuation, nor were the BBC able to provide the necessary comfort for the future protection of such a distinctive and much-loved television series,” the company said in a statement.

The show’s ratings are likely to take a hit when it moves to Channel 4. The launch episode of the current seventh series drew a record audience of 10 million viewers to BBC1. Nearly half the total television viewing audience tuned in to watch the new batch of 12 contestants try their hand at making jaffa cakes.

Channel 4’s most popular shows, such as Gogglebox, draw in regular audiences of just 5 million.

However, Toby Syfret, a media expert at Enders Analysis, said that even if Channel 4 drew less than half the audience that Bake Off had on the BBC, it would still prove financially beneficial.

He estimated that advert and media buys would bring in about £3m per episode, with each series currently made up of 11 episodes.

“If Bake Off gets even half the success on Channel 4 that it got on the BBC, it will more than cover itself,” Syfret said. “Channel 4 are likely to charge premium rates in terms of airtime, in the region of £50,000 to £100,000 for 30-second slots, even if it just gets audiences of around 3 million. And if Bake Off draws in 5 or 6 million then that will be another step up.

“It doesn’t have to get anything like the audience it had on BBC1 to be successful and make back the £25m it spent.”

SUE Perkins is a popular British TV host and comedian who reached new levels of fame when she presented The Great British Bake Off.

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Who is Sue Perkins, how old is she and what’s she famous for?

Sue Perkins is a 50-year-old comedian and TV presenter from Croydon, now best-known for spouting pastry innuendos on The Great British Bake Off until 2016.

She met her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc while studying English at Cambridge University, and they first found success after touring with the Footlights.

They then wrote for Radio 4 show Weekending, and penned sketches for French & Saunders, before hosting daytime shows Light Lunch and Late Lunch for Channel 4 between 1997 and 1998.

The pair helmed their second, less successful, chat show, Mel & Sue, for seven months on ITV in 2015.

They are now set to star in their first sitcom together, about two best friends who happen to be inept killers.

The six-part series Hitmen will premiere on Sky One in 2020.

3 Mel and Sue are still a double act to this day but also do things solo

What else do I know Sue from?

Between her 90s success and her Bake Off renaissance, Sue took part in a whole host of reality TV shows and documentaries.

In 2002 she took part in Celebrity Big Brother for charity and in 2008 she learned how to conduct on BBC reality contest Maestro.

The 5ft 7in jokester also started co-presenting an ongoing historical food documentary series, The Supersizers, with Giles Coren, and they’ve teamed up for other documentaries together too.

Sue herself has admitted that she makes her living from “blabbering on random shows” the BBC shove at her.

However, she did get her own sitcom in 2013 called Heading Out, in which she starred as a gay vet struggling to come out to her parents, but the show never made it past series one.

She’s found success more recently by co-hosting Thronecast, a Sky Atlantic TV chat show for fans of the US fantasy show Game Of Thrones, with Jamie East.

Other TV projects you may have seen her on include game shows Insert Name Here and Don’t Scare The Hare, plus documentary series World’s Most Dangerous Roads.

Famously Sue quit Bake Off when it moved to Channel 4 in 2016, along with Mel and judge Mary Berry, in a display of loyalty to the BBC.

3 Sue and Anna Richardson have been together for four years

Is Sue single?

Sue is in a relationship with 47-year-old TV presenter Anna Richardson, who previously had an 18-year relationship with film director Charles Martin.

Anna met Sue at a 2013 Halloween party after her marriage split and soon became involved in an “emotional tsunami” with her.

The Secret Eaters host Anna says of the night they met: “That night was one of the most extraordinary, memorable evenings where literally the planets aligned. Something was in the air that night, and that was the night we got together.

“There was an absolute understanding between us, and we’ve been together ever since. And it’s been profound for me.”

But Sue says of her sexuality that “being a lesbian is only about the 47th most interesting thing about me”.

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What else do we know about Sue?

Sue has a passion for conducting after competing on reality TV show Maestro in 2008, and has led orchestras on numerous occasions.

She also regularly features on BBC radio shows and has judged on the Man Booker Prize in 2009.

Her memoirs were released in 2015 under the title Spectacles.

In July 2017, it was confirmed that Sue and co-host Mel will host the Generation Game reboot, following in the footsteps of Bruce Forsyth, Graham Norton and Jim Davidson, though the latter has slammed the new hosts.

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Mel Giedroyc

Presenter and comdian Mel Giedroyc is best known for her working alongside Sue Perkins, co-hosting progammes including Light Lunch for Channel 4, the ITV chat show Mel and Sue and the hugely successful Great British Bake Off for the BBC.

Mel and Sue first met while students at Cambridge and were members of the famous Footlights comedy club. The came to the notice of critics at the Edinburgh Festival in 1993, where their act was shortlisted for the Daily Express Best Newcomers Award. Their first TV presenter roles saw them hosting a lunchtime show on Channel 4 called Light Lunch (and also the early evening version, Late Lunch).

In addition to her comedy roles and duets with Sue, Mel has made many TV appearances in her own right, on shows such as Comic Relief Does Fame Academy, Making Your Mind Up (with John Barrowman), What Do Kids Know?, Draw It!, Collectaholics, The Gift, Vertigo Road Trip (a show about people with a fear of heights!) and the game show Relatively Clever. She is also a popular comedy actress and has appeared in The Vicar of Dibley and Miranda as wel as in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at London’s Barbican theatre.

But it is as a presenter of The Great British Bake Off, alongside Sue, that Mel has scored her greatest success. Originally on BBC2, the show moved to BBC1 for its fifth series and has gone from strength to strength ever since, winning numerous awards along the way. In 2012 and 2013, Mel hosted two special charity series of The Great British Bake Off for Sport Relief and Comic Relief, featuring celebrities who took part for charity. In 2014, she guest hosted an episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off and in 2015, one episode of The Great Comic Relief Bake Off.

Mel is the author of two books on pregnancy and motherhood, From Here to Maternity and Going Ga-Ga.

Best known for her comedy partnership with Sue Perkins presenting everything from Light Lunch to Bake Off! An assured host for corporate events who can right a tailored opening piece.

SUE Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have quit as hosts of Great British Bake Off.

The much-loved comedy duo have presented the BBC show since the program first aired in 2010, but will not join the programme when it moves to Channel 4.

2 Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc have quit as hosts of Great British Bake OffCredit: PA:Press Association

A joint statement from the pair said: “We were very shocked and saddened to learn yesterday evening that Bake Off will be moving from its home. We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was.

“The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak.” They added: “We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.

“We’re not going with the dough. We wish all the future bakers every success.”

It’s believed that judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s positions are also in doubt and they may follow in Sue and Mel’s footsteps.

The baking show’s move from it’s home at the BBC to Channel 4 comes after the BBC refused to pay £25 million a year as part of a new deal to keep the hit baking programme.

Makers Love Productions reportedly rejected other bids from ITV and Netflix.

2 It’s believed that judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s positions are also in doubt and they may follow in Sue and Mel’s footstepsCredit: BBC

When the news was announced this week, Bake Off fans were not entirely happy with the news.

Author Caitlin Moran said: “This absolutely must not stand – the BBC is losing Great British Bake Off! The most BBC show of all time!”

While Piers Morgan added: “If C4 hasn’t locked in Mary Berry to this #GBBO deal then they just bought a £25m lemon drizzle with no flour, lemon or sugar.”

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What Are Mel & Sue Doing Now? The Former ‘Great British Bake Off’ Presenters Have Kept Busy Since Leaving The Tent

The Great British Bake Off remains one of the most popular shows in the UK (and the world), but there’s tragedy in the show’s not-so-distant past. After it was confirmed in September 2016 that the show would move from the BBC to Channel 4, beloved hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc announced their departure, alongside judge Mary Berry — and who else could deliver quite so many innuendos about buns? While replacements Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig have risen (sorry) to the challenge, it’s hard not to miss the Bake Off originals. So what are Mel and Sue doing now?

The comedians have been a double act since the ’80s, as Radio Times reports. They met at Cambridge University, where they were both members of comedy troupe Footlights. And Mel and Sue’s first major venture post-Bake Off kept the partnership going, as they were announced in July 2017 as the hosts of the BBC’s Generation Game revival. Unfortunately, the show didn’t go down too well: in February 2018, the BBC announced that only two of the four filmed episodes would be aired, while the show’s April debut was met with less than stellar reviews.

What about solo ventures? Well, Giedroyc also went on to co-host musical talent show Let It Shine with Graham Norton, and later took to the West End stage herself. According to What’s On Stage, she was cast as Sarah in Stephen Sondheim’s Company in Feb. 2018 and the show ran until March 2019. In April 2018, Giedroyc appeared as Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston. She also delivered the results of the UK Eurovision vote in May 2018. Right now, the TV star is performing in another West End production: Noises Off, which will run until January 2020.

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And how about Sue? Well, Perkins published her second book, East of Croydon, in May 2019, after her 2015 memoir Spectacles became a bestseller. East of Croydon is a travel memoir all about Perkin’s “blunderings through India and South East Asia.” It traces the star’s experience creating travel documentaries for the BBC including 2014’s The Mekong River, during which she visited Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, and China, 2015’s documentary Kolkata, in which she explored the East Indian city, as well as 2017’s The Ganges, in which she followed the sacred river through India. She’s touring throughout October to promote the book, including visits to Cambridge, Leicester, and Swansea.

Perkins recently brought out another travel documentary for the BBC, Japan With Sue Perkins, in which she travelled around the stunning country to explore how to old and the new collide in a world where futuristic technology exists alongside ancient traditions.

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Outside of documentaries, Perkins has also hosted BBC panel show Insert Name Here, with team captains Josh Widdecombe and Richard Osman. The show debuted in 2016 and its third series concluded in January 2018. Sadly, her 2017 spelling bee show, The Big Spell, was cancelled by Sky One after the first series, as the Sun reports.

Essentially, Mel and Sue have been keeping busy since their Great British Bake Off departure, which is good news for fans of their sharp wit and enviable friendship. They’re still sorely missed in the Bake Off tent, but their spirits still linger — and every time someone makes an inadvertently sexual comment about an innocent baked good, their presence is felt.

Former Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are reunited in the first images from their new comedy sitcom Hitmen.

The pair star as incompetent contract killers Jamie and Fran in the Sky One series.

Giedroyc and Perkins presented Bake Off – alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood – on the BBC until it moved to Channel 4 in 2017.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in Hitmen (SKY)

Written and created by Joe Parham and Joe Markham and produced by Tiger Aspect, the show is expected to air on Sky One in spring 2020.

It will be the pair’s first foray into scripted comedy.

Parham and Markham said: “We can’t believe that something which has been knocking around inside our heads for so long has been brought to life by two of the funniest people in the country, along with a load of our other comedy heroes.”

Commissioning editor for Sky Comedy Morwenna Gordon will executive produce the series.

She said: “We are thrilled to have Mel and Sue back on our screens, in their first ever scripted comedy series.

“We have a brilliant cast, featuring many well-known faces, in a number of unexpected and potentially life-threatening circumstances that Fran and Jamie find themselves in along the way.

“Joe Parham and Joe Markham have created a world that’s ruthless, funny and heart-warming all at the same time.

“The series joins a host of fantastic Sky original comedies we have coming to Sky One next year which we can’t wait for our audience to enjoy.”

Tiger Aspect producer Arnold Widdowson said: “Hitmen is a real treat for Mel and Sue fans – a surprising version of the two that for all the thrill of the action still retains their hilarious and mischievous dynamic.

“It’s been an absolute privilege and joy to work with such an iconic double act, and with our brilliant writers Joe Parham and Joe Markham, on a show that allows them to flex new muscles they never knew they had.

“Mainly in their trigger fingers.”

‘The Great British Bake Off’: Mel and Sue to Play Bickering Assassins in New Sitcom

“The Great British Baking Show” fans were in for a rude awakening when they tuned in to Season 5 of their beloved reality competition show this fall. Gone were the slick blazers and snarky quips of co-hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, not to mention the impeccable coiffure of Mary Berry. Fortunately, Mel and Sue have landed on their feet and scored their very own six-episode assassin sitcom, Radio Times reports. Developed by Sky One, “Hitmen” will star Mel and Sue as a pair of best friends and hapless killers, whose assassin jobs are often derailed by their endless bickering.

Known as “The Great British Bake Off” in its home country, Love Productions moved the series from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2016. Mel and Sue departed in the network hand-off, stating at the time: “We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was… we’re not going with the dough.” Berry announced her departure shortly thereafter, leaving only Paul Hollywood from the original cast.

Mel and Sue will play Fran and Jamie, an lovable goof and a sensitive soul who work out of a raggedy van to carry out their hits. “Hitmen” was written by Joe Parham and Joe Markham, with script input from Mel and Sue. The series is set to premiere on Sky One in 2019.

“We are so excited to be working with the truly fantastic female comedy partnership that is Mel and Sue, who can brandish bullets and banter brilliantly in equal measure,” said executive producer Myfanwy Moore.

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When beloved presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc made the somber announcement in September 2016 that they were leaving the Great British Bake Off, fans were left reeling. “I imagine the fallout from this will be worse than Brexit,” one journalist joked on Twitter. Writer Jess Zimmerman, who mourned the departure of the show’s “kooky, filthy-punning, daffy-aunt hosts,” published an Eater essay under the headline, “What We Lose When We Lose Mel and Sue.” And while Bake Off may never be the same, fans of the comedic due need not despair any longer — Mel and Sue are coming back, but this time, in their own sitcom.

British magazine Radio Times reports that come 2019, Mel and Sue will star in Sky One’s comedy TV show Hitmen, where they will play two best friends who stumble into the field of contract killing. While Mel, who plays Jamie, is described as an “affable goof,” Sue, who plays Fran, is much more sensitive, and frequently ponders whether she was destined to be a hitman. As the pair embarks on every ensuing mission in their beat-up van, their incompetence and nonstop bickering will increasingly derail their plans, leaving them to wonder, Will our friendship survive? Will we ever again taste a classic Victoria sponge cake, or a perfectly crisp stroopwafel?

After telling countless puns about soggy bottoms and burnt caramel for seven seasons of Great British Bake Off, Mel and Sue decided to leave the show when it was announced that it would no longer air on BBC, and would instead air on Channel 4. “We’re not going with the dough,” they revealed in a statement from September 2016, in which they stressed they wished to remain with their Bake Off family.

“We made no secret of our desire for the show to remain where it was,” the statement continued. “The BBC nurtured the show from its infancy and helped give it its distinctive warmth and charm, growing it from an audience of two million to nearly 15 at its peak. We’ve had the most amazing time on Bake Off, and have loved seeing it rise and rise like a pair of yeasted Latvian baps.”

Thankfully, Mel and Sue are coming back. Speaking of her upcoming role, Sue said she’s “delighted to be part of this project,” and that she “can’t wait to sit for months on end in a hot van with old, flatulent, double act partner.” Mel, similarly, is looking forward to reuniting on-screen with her second-half.

“It’s thirty years ago that I met Sue Perkins, and we had happy times together playing ridiculous characters, then spent hours in a fetid van in order to release them around the country,” she said, per Deadline. “Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that’s a great comfort.”

MEL Giedroyc has a wealth of experience presenting shows but is best known for her work on the Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Sue Perkins.

Since the pair refused to follow the show when it swapped the BBC for Channel Four, Mel and Sue’s careers have continued to skyrocket.

4 Mel Giedroyc is a TV presenter and comedy actressCredit: BBC

Who is Mel Giedroyc? How did she meet Sue?

Mel Giedroyc is a 51-year-old television personality from Surrey, England.

She is most often seen alongside her presenting partner-in-crime, Sue Perkins, after they met at Cambridge University.

Pursuing a comedy career as a duet, the pair eventually made the move to presenting.

Their most famed hosting role to date is in the hugely successful Great British Bake Off – however, they left the show in 2016.

The two will reunite in their first sitcom together, about two best friends who happen to be inept killers.

The six-part series Hitmen will premiere on Sky One this year.

4 Mel (left) and Sue (right) met at Cambridge University and started out in comedy before moving to presentingCredit: PA:Press Association

What other TV shows has Mel been on?

Other TV shows Mel has presented include the talent competition, Let It Shine.

She also took part in the short-lived Celebrity Fame Academy, in aid of Comic Relief.

In June 2017 Mel took on hosting duties for BBC One talent contest Pitch Battle. The show involved rival musical groups facing off against one another through a series of choral challenges including riff offs, a soloists challenge and an a capella round.

In November 2017 Mel hosted Children In Need.

In Easter 2018 she hosted the reboot of the classic gameshow The Generation Game alongside Sue.

Mel is also a comedy actress and appeared in the 1996 festive special of Vicar of Dibley, The Christmas Lunch Incident.

4 Mel is married to TV director Ben Morris

Is Mel married and does she have kids?

Mel has been married to Ben Morris for 16 years.

He is a teacher at LAMDA and a television director.

They have two daughters, Florence and Vita.

4 Mel with her sister Coky, who is a director

Who is Mel Giedroyc related to?

Mel is the youngest of four – she has two sisters – Coky Giedroyc and Kasia Param – and one brother – Miko Giedroyc.

Elder sister Coky is a film and television director, who is known for her work on the Sky show, Penny Dreadful, as well as a string of films including Women Talking Dirty and The Virgin Queen.

She also led the team behind Netflix’s psychological thriller series, Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts.

Coky has been married to Sir Thomas Weyland Bowyer-Smyth since 1998.

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Why did Mel and Sue leave the Great British Bake Off?

In 2016, after it was announced that Love Productions had sold the rights to the show to Channel 4 for a three-year deal costing £75million, Mel and Sue announced their resignation.

The pair were vocal about their desire for the show to remain at the BBC, and announced that they wouldn’t “go with the dough” in one last baking pun.

Shortly afterwards, Mary Berry also announced that she would be leaving, meaning Paul Hollywood is the only remaining member of the original team in the new series.

They were replaced by Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, with Prue Leith taking over for Mary.

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Mel and Sue as assassins? Sign us up! (Picture: Sky)

Here’s your first look at former Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins as assassins in their new comedy Hitmen.

Mel and Sue will star in their first ever sitcom as contract killers Jamie and Fran, who are completely useless at their job. Naturally this leads them into some bizarre and hilarious situations.

It’s definitely a departure for the ladies and they are looking great in this first look picture from the show. We have a feeling Sue is going to spark more than a few girl crushes with this look.

The scripts were written by Joe Parham and Joe Markham, which includes ‘incompetence, bickering and inane antics’ from the misfit characters.

Sue previously said of the project: ‘I can’t wait to sit for months on end in a hot van with my old, flatulent, double act partner.’

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Mel added: ‘It’s 30 years ago that I met Sue Perkins, and we had happy times together playing ridiculous characters, then spent hours in a fetid van in order to release them around the country.

‘Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that’s a great comfort.’

So excited to be reunited with my favourite partner-in-crime. #Hitmen @SkyOne pic.twitter.com/52AePOak9u

— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) May 16, 2019

The Thronecast presenter, 50, previously shared a behind the scenes look at the show, tweeting a picture of herself and Mel, 51, standing in the doorway of a blue wooden hut holding cups of coffee.

Sue commented at the time: ‘So excited to be reunited with my favourite partner-in-crime.’

In the past Mel and Sue have hosted Light Lunch in the 90s, its follow up Late Lunch and the self-titled talk show Mel & Sue.

The pair famously quit The Great British Bake Off in 2017 in protest over its move from BBC One to Channel 4.

Hitmen is coming soon to Sky.

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Mel and Sue allegedly left GBBO because they weren’t told until the last minute

It’s been one of the most shocking stories in TV for quite some time, but the Great British Bake Off’s shock exit from the BBC is still making waves.

A report in today’s Daily Record has claimed that the reason Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins’ exit from the show wasn’t just to do with it moving to Channel 4, it was because of both pay AND timing. GBBO, as we know, was sold to Channel 4 for £75,000,000 – topping the Beeb’s offer of £45,000,000 and earning Love Productions, the company behind GBBO a nice, fat payday.

Many on the show, including Mel and Sue, felt that this would mean a nice pay-rise on the cards for them as both earned approximately £100,000 per series. Insider sources said that Mel and Sue were “furious” as they were only told about the deal hours before the news was reported on.

It’s also understood that ITV didn’t make any offer on the show as they were skittish about GBBO without Mel, Sue and others confirmed as part of the deal. Already, former winners are speaking out in defence of Mel and Sue, saying that the show is nothing without them. 2011’s winner, Jo Wheatley, told the Daily Record that she “can’t imagine Bake Off without them. They will be hard to replace. I was anxious filming, but Mel and Sue’s humour and relaxed approach made me feel totally at ease.”

No air date has been set for Channel 4’s version of Great British Bake Off, nor has there been any word on who’ll be replacing Mel and Sue.

Via Daily Record

Hitmen is about two best friends trying to make their way in the world with only each other to rely on. They also just happen to kill people for a living.

Having stumbled into a career in contract killing, misfits Fran and Jamie are not your typical killers for hire. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. As each hit goes south, our (anti)heroes are thrown into one bizarre misadventure after another, each full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas.

Across the series, as the mishaps – and bodies – rack up, Fran and Jamie’s friendship is put through the wringer: while affable goof Jamie seems content to spend her days hanging out with her best mate, the more sensitive Fran starts to question whether it’s really the life she wants. Will their friendship survive their trials and tribulations? More to the point, as the jobs get increasingly dangerous, will they even survive?

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins reunited in first images from Hitmen comedy

Former Great British Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are reunited in the first images from their new comedy sitcom Hitmen.

The pair star as incompetent contract killers Jamie and Fran in the Sky One series.

Giedroyc and Perkins presented Bake Off – alongside judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood – on the BBC until it moved to Channel 4 in 2017.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in Hitmen (SKY)

Written and created by Joe Parham and Joe Markham and produced by Tiger Aspect, the show is expected to air on Sky One in spring 2020.

It will be the pair’s first foray into scripted comedy.

Parham and Markham said: “We can’t believe that something which has been knocking around inside our heads for so long has been brought to life by two of the funniest people in the country, along with a load of our other comedy heroes.”

Commissioning editor for Sky Comedy Morwenna Gordon will executive produce the series.

She said: “We are thrilled to have Mel and Sue back on our screens, in their first ever scripted comedy series.

“We have a brilliant cast, featuring many well-known faces, in a number of unexpected and potentially life-threatening circumstances that Fran and Jamie find themselves in along the way.

“Joe Parham and Joe Markham have created a world that’s ruthless, funny and heart-warming all at the same time.

“The series joins a host of fantastic Sky original comedies we have coming to Sky One next year which we can’t wait for our audience to enjoy.”

Tiger Aspect producer Arnold Widdowson said: “Hitmen is a real treat for Mel and Sue fans – a surprising version of the two that for all the thrill of the action still retains their hilarious and mischievous dynamic.

“It’s been an absolute privilege and joy to work with such an iconic double act, and with our brilliant writers Joe Parham and Joe Markham, on a show that allows them to flex new muscles they never knew they had.

“Mainly in their trigger fingers.”

Sky has cooked up latest high-profile comedy Hitmen, starring former Bake Off hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc.

The pay-TV giant, which had a busy weekend after Comcast lodged a $40B offer to takeover the company, has commissioned the six-part series to air in 2019 that will see the British presenters play a pair of contract killers.

The series is produced by Peaky Blinders co-producer Tiger Aspect, which is part of Endemol Shine.

Perkins and Giedroyc play misfits Fran and Jamie, who stumbled into a career in contract killing. Working out of their scruffy van, each episode follows the hapless duo as they try to carry out their latest hit, inevitably derailed by incompetence, bickering, and inane antics. As each hit goes south, the pair are thrown into one bizarre misadventure after another, each full of oddball characters and unexpected dilemmas. As the mishaps rack up, Fran and Jamie’s friendship is put through the wringer. While affable goof Jamie seems content to spend her days hanging out with her best mate, the more sensitive Fran starts to question whether it’s really the life she wants. Will their friendship survive their trials and tribulations? More to the point, as the jobs get increasingly dangerous, will they even survive?

Hitmen is written by Joe Parham, who co-wrote feature film The Festival, and Joe Markham, who wrote kids series The Amazing World of Gumball. It will air on Sky One. The producer will be Arnold Widdowson and the executive producers will be Myfanwy Moore and Siobhan Bachman.

Perkins said, “I’m delighted to be part of this project, I can’t wait to sit for months on end in a hot van with my old, flatulent, double act partner.” Giedroyc added, “It’s thirty years ago that I met Sue Perkins, and we had happy times together playing ridiculous characters, then spent hours in a fetid van in order to release them around the country. Essentially nothing has changed in the Mel/Sue collective. And that’s a great comfort.”

Moore said: “We are so excited to be working with the truly fantastic female comedy partnership that is Mel and Sue, who can brandish bullets and banter brilliantly in equal measure.”

Head of Sky Comedy Jon Mountague added, “It’s such a thrill to be able to bring our customers – who keep telling us they love comedy – such sparkling shows with world class talent. Over the last 18 months our comedies have won record ratings, a host of awards and the acclaim of customers and critics alike. We’ve set a high bar, and are extremely proud to be raising it with these new and returning shows.”