The BBC for the first time since 2001 conveys one of its grand shows of multi-season renewal and relocation of production outside London.
Culinary competitions series «Chef”, Produced by British television company Shine TV, owned by Banijay, has been extended for another six seasons and has been moving from London to Birmingham since 2024. Moving is part of it The BBC’s six-year strategy “Across the UK”.which was first announced in March 2021 and allocated $ 978 million for the expansion of key services outside London and beyond in the UK. The popular culinary show was filmed in Kent from 1990 to 2001, but has been filmed at 3 Mills Studios East London since 2014. .
Along with “MasterChef”, the BBC has also updated “MasterChef: The Professionals” and “Celebrity MasterChef” until 2028, Variety confirmed. These shows will also move to Birmingham from 2024, where they will be filmed in the new Digbeth Loc. Studio complex, which was created by Peaky Blinders creator Stephen Knight.
Meanwhile, recently announced “Young Master Chef” for BBC Three has won the deal for five seasons starting in 2022 and will also move north in two years along with any of the brand’s popular Christmas promotions.
“MasterChef” is held in the UK by chef John Tarod and broadcaster Greg Wallace. This year the show will celebrate its 18th season.
BBC Director-General Tim Davy said: “We have said we will create jobs and investment by relocating decision-making and production to the West Midlands as part of our“ Across the UK ”plans. The transfer of one of our biggest software brands shows that we are making it a reality. This is great news for Birmingham and the BBC. “
Kate Phillips, director of BBC Entertainment, added: “MasterChef is one of the BBC’s biggest entertainment shows, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to the brand and the city of Birmingham. It’s a new exciting section, and its move to one of the UK’s youngest and most diverse cities will provide many opportunities in the area to support an already thriving manufacturing sector. ”
“MasterChef” has consistently been the highest rated cooking format on the BBC for the past five years, and the latest series has been launched with the highest rating since 2017. Spin-offs such as Celebrity MasterChef were also presented to Beeb, becoming the second-ranked broadcaster of the culinary show after MasterChef. Meanwhile, “MasterChef: The Professionals”, which switched from BBC Two to BBC One in 2020, also showed record performance.
Lucinda Hicks, CEO of Banijay UK, added: “We are excited to be transporting our incredible production to Birmingham. It is not only one of the most creative and culinary diverse regions of the country, but also again on the verge of becoming a major center of television production. Having a multi-series show that is coming back, like “MasterChef” made in the Midlands, will provide many local roles, opportunities for learning and development, which will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the TV industry of the future ”.
Knight, whose recent authorial credits include “Spencer” and “All the Light We Can’t See,” said, “We’ll work hard to make this world-renowned television station instantly feel at home in our creative environment, and we’re looking forward to it. we look forward to meeting many more blue chip brands in our rapidly expanding media area. ”
MasterChef’s executive editor is David Ambler, and the series’ editor is Katie Atwood. The BBC’s editor is Sarah Clay.