Ready Steady Cook axed

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Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott

BBC cookery show 'Ready Steady Cook' is to be axed after 15 years on air.

'Ready Steady Cook' is to be axed after 15 years on air.

The BBC cookery show - in which guests bring on a £5 worth of food to be turned into meals by professional chefs - is to be taken off the air in 2011 after ratings have halved from 3 million to just 1.5 million in recent times.

Ainsley Harriott - who started out as a chef before taking over from Fern Britton as host in 2000 - said: "I feel privileged to have been part of the 'Ready Steady Cook' family for 15 years. I am immensely proud of its success and will always look back on it with the fondest memories."

Meanwhile, Liam Keelan, the BBC's head of daytime, said: "After 15 years, 21 series and nearly 2,000 episodes, 'Ready Steady Cook' has hung up its cooking aprons. I'm proud of the show, which will go down in history as the longest running cookery show on TV."

The programme is being replaced by other cooking shows, including 'The Hairy Bikers; Cook Off', and dramas such as 'Moving On', 'The Indian Doctor' and 'Land Girls'.

While no new episodes of 'Ready Steady Cook' will be commisioned, viewers will still be able to see repeats until next year.

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