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“Great British Bake Off” format heads to Canada

The Great Canadian Baking Show will go into production in May ahead of a fall 2017 premiere.
February 21, 2017

Hit UK television format The Great British Bake Off (pictured) is headed to Canadian pubcaster CBC this fall, with Toronto’s Proper Television tapped to produce the hour-long show.

The Great Canadian Baking Show will pit 10 amateur bakers from across the country against one another in a series of culinary challenges.

The eight-part series will be produced by Proper in association with CBC and Love Productions, the London-based company behind the original format, which has since been remade in 23 territories globally, including for the U.S., Australian, French and Irish markets.

To introduce domestic audiences to the format, CBC will air the British version of the series over the summer. Filming on the series will begin in the middle of May and shooting locations are still to be determined. Casting for the first season of the Canadian series is now underway, though CBC has not yet announced the identity of the host for the series.

The format to the series is owned by Love Productions and it distributed internationally by Sky Vision. The culinary competition series found itself embroiled in controversy last fall, when it moved from British pubcaster BBC, its long-time home, to competitor network Channel 4, which secured a three-year deal with Love Productions.

The competition-based cooking space is filling up fast in Canada, with Gusto last month adding two British cooking series to its winter lineup: Britain’s Best Bakery and Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

Proper Television has seen an uptick in its production output over the past 12 months. Last Stop Garage (12 x 30 minutes) was greenlit by Bell Media’s Discovery earlier this month, while it also produced True North Calling as part of CBC’s Canada 150 programming roster. A second season of the prodco’s Tougher Than It Looks? (Discovery) was also given the greenlight last month.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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