The future of Best Home Cook is looking uncertain (Picture: BBC)
As Broadcast reports, the show is facing cancellation and a decision over the celebrity version of the programme is also imminent.
While a BBC spokeswoman said no decision has formally been made, it’s understood that the non-celebrity version will probably be cut as factual director Patrick Holland is in the process of reviewing Keo Films’ format.
Claudia Winkelman has hosted the Great British Bake Off-esque programme since 2018.
Mary Berry, Angela Hartnett and Chris Bavin feature on the judging panel, with the programme involving people from all corners of the country taking on each other to be named champion.
The first eight-part series consolidated to 3million viewers, which increased to 3.6million in the second series which aired on Thursdays at 8pm last year.
Will the show return? (Picture: BBC/KEO Films/Nicky Johnston)
It’s understood that the celebrity version is more likely to continue, having managed 4million consolidated ratings in January.
The most recent celebrity series was won by Ed Balls after the former Labour MP beat Tom Read-Wilson and Rachel Johnson in the final.
Judge Mary is one of the most recognisable names in British cooking, having starred on Great British Bake Off and written more than 75 cook books.
Angela Hartnett is a former protégée of Gordon Ramsay and acclaimed chef, while presenter and fresh produce importer Chris is known for Eat Well for Less? and Britain in Bloom.
Ed Balls won the celebrity edition of the show earlier this year (Picture: BBC/KEO Films/Nicky Johnston)
Pippa Middlehurst won the first ever series of Best Home Cook in June 2018, followed by Suzie Arbuthnot in 2020. Suzie now hosts her own TV show Suzie Lee’s Home Cook Heroes on the iPlayer.
Best Home Cook is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.