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Telecinco cooks up Spanish Bake Off

The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4

Mediaset-owned Spanish broadcaster Telecinco is preparing a local version of BBC Studios’ hit Bake Off format.

Local producer Boxfish is working on the Spanish version of the show, which attempts to find a nation’s best amateur pastry chef and has been remade in more than 30 countries.

The adaptation marks Telecinco’s latest attempt to cut through with a kitchen format, with state-owned broadcaster Televisión Española’s adaptation of MasterChef cornering the market thus far.

Telecinco returned the My Mother Cooks Better than Yours format from Producciones Mandarina to its primetime in July last year. The show had originally aired in the afternoons on fellow Mediaset Spanish net Cuatro in 2014 and has sold well internationally.

The Bake Off format was originally created by Love Productions as The Great British Bake off for BBC1 in the UK, before Channel 4 outbid the pubcaster for the rights to the show in 2016. It sees contestants compete in a series of baking challenges to impress an expert jury, with weekly eliminations.

Despite the C4 move, the format is still distributed by the BBC’s production and sales arm BBC Studios, which C21 revealed had recently concluded a 30th format deal for the show in Chile. The casting process for the Spanish version is now underway.

This article first appeared in Spanish on Audiovisual451.com

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