BBC MOVES COOKING SHOW AFTER CHANNEL 4 REVEAL BAKE OFF LAUNCH DATE 7

The BBC is moving its new cooking show to avoid a clash with The Great British Bake Off when it launches on Channel 4.

Channel 4 has poached Bake Off from the BBC and has scheduled the new series to start at 8PM on Tuesday 29th August.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown is on BBC Two at the same time on Tuesdays – but it will now move to Thursdays.

The BBC said Channel 4’s choice to move Bake Off from its previous Wednesday slot would be a “surprise” for viewers who “may see this as a cynical move”.

However, Channel 4 said in a statement:

“We made the decision about where to schedule The Great British Bake Off a few months after acquiring it and we haven’t moved it since then. It is in the original Tuesday evening slot where the majority of past series have played.”

Bake Off has been shown on Wednesdays for the past three years, but was on Tuesdays from 2010-2013.

A BBC spokeswoman said:

“Channel 4’s decision to move Bake Off from its long-term traditional Wednesday slot will be a surprise to many viewers who may see this as a cynical move. “We never intended for our new cookery show to clash with theirs. “There is room for both and we don’t, in this instance, see any public value in two public service broadcasters going head to head in this way.”

The new series of Bake Off will start with cake week – one of the traditional challenges when the show was on the BBC, and Channel 4’s listing about the episode reads:

“The Bake Off begins with cake week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge. Next, Prue sets her first technical – a children’s tea party favourite – and everyone is out to impress the new judge. And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: an illusion cake. Creating these mind-blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit. Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers – and their cakes – are made of.”

Comedian Noel Fielding and QI host Sandi Toksvig are hosts of the new series. Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins all opted not to remain with the programme after its run on BBC1 came to an end.

 

The Big Family Cooking Showdown debuted on BBC Two on 15th August and is hosted and judged by former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, presenter Zoe Ball, TV cook Rosemary Shrager and chef Giorgio Locatelli.

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ITV ANNOUNCES LINE-UP FOR ‘LAST LAUGH IN VEGAS’ 17

ITV has unveiled the ensemble cast of veteran entertainers for a new TV series.

The line-up of eight acts will venture to Las Vegas to work on putting together a brand new variety show.

Due to be broadcast in 2018, Last Laugh In Vegas will follow the acts “from their departure from their homes in the UK to the moment they step onto the stage in Vegas” over four episodes, with a fifth hour-long edition special showing their performance.

The channel explains: “Some of the most famous names from comedy, music and variety from the 1960s, 70s and 80s are to be given one last shot at putting on their dream gig in the variety capital of the world. The theatre is booked for one night only and eight acts will be given the chance to fulfil the dream they thought had long gone and put on a spectacular variety performance at one of the iconic venues in Las Vegas.”

It is understood that the ultimate performance will take place on Saturday 7th October.

The line-up features double act Cannon & Ball; entertainer Bernie Clifton; comedian Mick Miller; pianist and entertainer Bobby Crush; singer Kenny Lynch; 60s pop idol Jess Conrad OBE; actor and singer Anita Harris; and actor, singer and comedian Su Pollard.

ITV add: “Viewers will also be treated to a unique insight into the legends’ vast and varied careers as they look back and talk firsthand about their incredible stories.”

Head Of Entertainment Commissioning Siobhan Greene says: “Last Laugh In Vegas is the chance for the audience to reconnect with true iconic entertainers, as they get the trip of a lifetime to perform in the show business capital of the world. You won’t believe the names we got, and I am so happy that they, and the audience, will get to see them living their dream.”

Executive Producer Sally Evans from production company Shiver says: “Working with our showbiz heroes and giving them the chance to go on a journey that genuinely means so much to each of them is such an exciting proposition. The entertainment community of Vegas won’t know what’s hit them!”

The series is being filmed for broadcast in 2018.

X FACTOR UK: FIFTH ROUND OF AUDTIONEES REVEALED 19

Meet tonight’s contestants on The X Factor 2017 below…

Amrick Channa

44-year-old insurance processor Amrick Channa – nicknamed Diva – from Kent opens up the show tonight by declaring himself the next big superstar. His performance of Technotronic’s Pump Up The Jam has Nicole singing along but will he get through?

Benji Matthews

Nervous 17 -year-old college student Benji Matthews from Cornwall endears himself to the judges before even singing with his adorable giggle. But will the panel still be impressed as he begins to sing, performing Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

Beverly West

57 year-old Beverly West from Kent shares her recent online dating experience with the panel before singing Shirley Bassey classic Big Spender for the panel.

Tracy Leanne Jefford

34-year-old full-time mum from Middlesex Tracy Leanne Jefford previously auditioned for The X Factor back in 2006 where she made bootcamp. Having lost more than 5 stone and gone through a divorce her life is very different now but her passion for singing remains. Tracy sings The Shirelles’ Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.

Ronnie Parker

68-year-old confectionery shop worker Ronnie Parker from Preston tells Simon Cowell off at her audition for asking her age before she sings Tina Turner’s Simply The Best for the music mogul.

John Fitzsimons

66-year-old retired lecturer John Fitzsimons from Exeter started playing music in bands from the age of 19. With over 20 years of experience, John performs David Bowie’s Space Oddity for the judges.

Sean and Conor Price

Brothers Sean (17) and Conor (15) are students and buskers from Blessington, Ireland. They “bring a bit of youth and energy” to Jimi Hendrix classic All Along The Watchtower.

Russell Jones

25 year-old nursing home singer Russell Jones from Wales gets flirting with Nicole Scherzinger and cheeky with the rest of the judges as he performs his take on The Jungle Book classic I Wanna Be Like You.

Gregor Coleman

24 year-old singer Gregor Coleman from Glasgow currently busks but it may have given him some bad habits. After singing Vance Joy’s Riptide at his original audition, the judges tell Gregor to come back later with something more unique.

Nicole Simpson

22-year-old musician Nicole Simpson from Scotland returns to The X Factor having previously made bootcamp in 2011. She performs Drake’s Just Hold On for the panel, including guest judge Alesha Dixon.