Bake Off hosts Mel and Sue’s ITV chat show axed

They’re a vital part of the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, along with Mary Berry’s hatred of soggy bottoms and Paul Hollywood’s steely blue-eyed gaze.

But Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc’s didn’t go down so well on ITV, as their chat show has been axed after only one series.

Sue Perkins and Mel GiedroycSue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc (Mark Bourdillon/BBC)

The two presented Mel And Sue, a daytime chat show featuring a mix of celebrity guests and cooking – a format similar to their late 1990s Channel 4 series, Light Lunch, which launched their television career as a comedy duo.

But their latest chat show, which began in January in the 4pm slot, only attracted around 750,000 viewers and was beaten in the ratings war by the BBC’s Antiques Road Trip and Escape To The Country, both of which pulled in audiences of two million.

By contrast, 10 million viewers watched the sixth series premiere of The Great British Bake Off last Wednesday, where Mel and Sue exchanged witty, innuendo-laden banter with the contestants and judges.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Mel and Sue are great talents and we hope to work with them on other projects in the future,” confirming that they were already in talks.

Mel and Sue is the second show the pair have had axed by ITV. Their comedy panel show, Casting Couch, got the chop in 1999 after a six-episode run.