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No format right over Mary Berry cooking show

Channel 4 in a stew over BBC’s new programme

3 August 2017

A new BBC cookery show fronted by Mary Berry and which bears similarities to The Great British Bake Off will not give rise to legal action, a commercial lawyer has explained.

Britain’s Best Cook, the new cookery competition from Auntie, will be shown over eight episodes with ten contestants cooking “the most perfect version of dishes that define modern British home cooking, as well as their special take on well-love classics”. Judge Berry will be joined by presenter Claudia Winkelman and a second, as yet unnamed, judge.

The show has reportedly been dubbed “The Great British Rip Off” by Channel 4 insiders, who told The Sun they have noted several similarities in format to The Great British Bake Off, which they acquired for £75m in 2016.

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