GREAT British Bake Off has become the latest TV show forced to delay filming amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson for the Channel 4 show confirmed the upcoming 2020 series had halted filming and said they would follow all advice from Public Health England in the coming weeks.
“We continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of Public Health England and we will delay filming on The Great British Bake Off until it is safe to proceed,” the statement read.
The news comes weeks after it was confirmed that comedian Matt Lucas would replace outgoing host Sandi Toksvig.
The 46-year-old comic will be joining Noel Fielding to present the programme, with Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood returning as judges.
The Little Britain star admitted he was “chuffed to bits to be part of the most delicious show on television”, adding: “I can’t wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers.”
He continued: “And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!”
Noel was thrilled at the news of his new co-star, sharing: “I love Matt. I love his warmth and his comedy and his big joyful smile.
“I think if we play our cards right we could become the next Chas and Morph.”
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TV and film productions have all been forced to shut down while networks including BBC and ITV have been pushed to find new and innovative ways of offering new content.
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