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Channel 4 delays Bake Off filming until it is ‘safe to proceed’

Host Matt Lucas was due to make his debut in the Bake Off tent.

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Matt Lucas is joining Noel Fielding as co-host (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Matt Lucas is joining Noel Fielding as co-host (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Matt Lucas is joining Noel Fielding as co-host (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Channel 4 has delayed filming for The Great British Bake Off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The broadcaster was due to start taping the 11th series in spring, with Matt Lucas replacing Sandi Toksvig as the show’s new co-host alongside Noel Fielding.

A spokeswoman said filming would begin when it was “safe to proceed”.

The Great Festive Bake Off
Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood (C4/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon/PA)

Bake Off is the latest show to be affected by the outbreak, with filming for soaps including Coronation Street and EastEnders, and dramas including Peaky Blinders and Line Of Duty halted for the foreseeable future.

A statement said: “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.”

Toksvig, 61, announced her departure from the show in January, saying she wanted to spend more time on her other work.

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