Great British Bake-Off hailed a hit abroad – Daily TV round-up

BBC Two show is now shown in 11 different countries around the world

BBC Two series 'The Great British Bake-Off' has been hailed as a hit abroad, after selling its format to two more new territories.

The show will now have spin-offs in Holland and Finland after the BBC's commercial arm BBC Worldwide inked deals with Max in the Netherlands and MTV3 in Finland to make their own versions of the show.

Bake-off... Celebs assemble for Comic Relief special (Copyright: BBC)

It is now licensed in 11 countries outside of the UK, appearing in territories including the US, France, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Poland.

“We've seen broadcasters around the world put their own special twist on the format to great success, for example with the speciality cakes that are associated with different countries,” said the BBC Worldwide's vice president of format licensing Elin Thomas.

“Baking is a tradition everyone can relate to so I have no doubt this brilliant format will only continue to win more fans around the world.”

[Related story: Great British Bake-Off winner John Whaite ‘to earn £500,000’]

The UK version is presented by Paul Hollywood and baking veteran Mary Berry, who will be presiding over the forthcoming celebrity version for Comic Relief.

Starting tonight, it will see the likes of Claudia Winkleman, Duncan Bannatyne, Jo Brand, Bob Mortimer and Warwick Davies competing against each other for charity.

Meanwhile, Hollywood is working on a solo spin-off series solely about bread.

The show was a surprise hit for BBC Two, with the third series final scooping 7.2 million viewers, the second highest audience for a show outside 'Top Gear' in six years. [Digital Spy/The Sun]

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