Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Great South African Bake Off returning for a second season to BBC Lifestyle; applications open to find 10 new amateur bakers for the reality baking competition.

The Great South African Bake Off has been commissioned for a second season by BBC Worldwide and will once again be produced by Rapid Blue with BBC Worldwide's Kirsty Hanson as executive producer.

In March BBC Worldwide announced that it had invested an unspecified amount of money in Rapid Blue as part of its plans to ramp up its local TV production capacity in South Africa to produce more focused, locally-produced programming for its set of BBC channels available on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform across the African continent.

The Great South African Bake Off will be back for a second season on BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174) with 10 new bakers, with amateur bakers who can now enter at until 13 June.

Successful applicants will have to be available to attend the countrywide contestant auditions during the end of June and July.

Filming of the second season of The Great South African Bake Off will take place in Johannesburg and will be broadcast on BBC Lifestyle towards the end of 2016.

BBC Worldwide didn't release any ratings information and actual viewership figures for the show, but says The Great South African Bake Off was "the highest performing show on BBC Lifestyle for 2015" and on social media "trended" on Twitter during every new episode.

"BBC Worldwide is dedicated to commissioning shows that delight and entertain our local audiences," says Kully Kaur-Bains, BBC Worldwide's head of programming for Africa in a statement.

"The talented, vibrant and vivacious bakers found in South Africa are one of the reasons The Great South African Bake Off is so special and why we can't wait to embark on a brand-new series."