Everyone’s favourite baking show is returning to our screens next week and it may just be the best thing since sliced bread.
Nothing quite beats yelling “That dough is overproofed!” and “That’s far too early to add eggs to your choux pastry, Mary!” at the TV, whilst you scoff down snacks you definitely didn’t make yourself. Fortunately, a new series of The Great British Bake Off will be back on our screens this month. If it wasn’t for Covid-19, the upcoming series would have aired back in August – but it just goes to show that good things come to those who wait. [Featured image: Channel 4]
Under the circumstances, a number of British TV shows have postponed filming until next year, but no pandemic was going to get in the way of this bakers dozen. As usual, twelve amateur bakers from across the country will be competing for the coveted Bake Off trophy, and you can expect some unique and endearing characters. A pantomime producer, a radiographer, and an amputee that uses bakery as therapy are but a few of the contestants that we will surely grow to love in the upcoming weeks.
Judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be back this season, however one familiar face will not be making a return. Matt Lucas will be taking over hosting duties from departing presenter Sandi Toksvig, and joining Noel Fielding to start a new comedic dream team.
Thankfully, the crew were able to create a Covid-secure ‘biosphere’ by living and filming in a bubble. Instead of shooting at the usual location in Berkshire, they relocated to an empty hotel in Essex where all 120 members of the cast and crew could be monitored and tested frequently. Even packets of flour were deep cleaned multiple times a day! Despite encouraging minimal contact on the show, it’s been confirmed that the famous Paul Hollywood handshake will be making a reappearance this series – and we can’t wait to see who gets one. Tune in to Channel 4 at 8pm on September 22 to catch the first episode and meet the contestants!