BBC deny axing Big Family Cooking Showdown judges

  • The Big Family Cooking Showdown had just 1.35million viewers last week
  • Insiders have said that Rosemary Shrager and Giorgio Locatelli could be axed
  • Bake Off had 6.5million viewers – the largest audience for Channel 4 since 2012
  • BBC has rubbished claims and say they are ‘delighted’ with the judges  

The BBC has rubbished claims that they are planning to axe Rosemary Shrager and Giorgio Locatelli from The Big Family Cooking Showdown following poor ratings.

Despite airing the show on a Thursday to avoid clashing with Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off, the programme scraped a disappointing 1.35million last week – compared to Great British Bake Off’s 6.5million. 

And while insiders have reported that the broadcaster is planning to drop two of the shows judges, bosses have since denied these claims. 

Insiders claim that Zoe Ball and ex-Bake Off Champion Nadiya Hussain are not threatened with the chop.

The BBC has rubbished claims two judges face the axe from  The Big Family Cooking Showdown, insisting they are 'delighted' with all four of their hosts 

The BBC has rubbished claims two judges face the axe from  The Big Family Cooking Showdown, insisting they are ‘delighted’ with all four of their hosts 

Giorgio Locatelli is rumoured to be facing the chop if the show continues to a second series

Rosemary Shrager was also listed as one of the judges facing the axe following disappointing ratings

Insiders have claimed that Giorgio Locatelli and Rosemary Shrager are facing the chop following disappointing ratings 

Responding to the rumours, the BBC said: ‘The show has got off to a great start and we are absolutely delighted with all four of our presenters and judges.’

According to The Sun, sources claim a restructure will be on the cards if Showdown returns for a second series. 

An insider said: ‘Bosses like the format and have high hopes for recreating some of the magic of Bake Off, but something hasn’t quite clicked.

‘The feeling behind the scenes is that there’s definitely something there. Nadiya and Zoe have proved a hit as hosts, but it might be the spark between the judges is lacking something.

 The family based cooking show scraped in 1.34million viewers last week compared to episode one of the Bake Off (cast pictured) which picked up figures of 6.5million

 The family based cooking show scraped in 1.34million viewers last week compared to episode one of the Bake Off (cast pictured) which picked up figures of 6.5million


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‘If it’s to have another series, some new faces look likely.’ 

The family based cooking show scraped in 1.34million viewers last week – nearly 400,000 down on its launch show three weeks ago.   

To make matters worse, BBC even moved it to a Thursday to avoid a clash with Bake Off on Channel 4 — which picked up figures of 6.5million for its first show in its new home. 

The show sees families of amateur contestants take part in cookery challenges each week, judged by the experts in a bid to be crowned winner. 

However, thus far it has struggled to impress with critics describing the programme as ‘uninspiring’.

An average of 5.8million tuned in to watch last week’s episode of the eighth series of Bake Off after Channel 4 outbid the BBC for the contract.

When catch-up figures were included, the number climbed to 6.5million – the largest audience for Channel 4 since the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.





Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

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