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Ok, ok. We know Bake Off hasn’t been quite the same since British sweetheart Mary Berry took off her flour coated apron and left, but after the year we’ve all had, we’re just delighted to see the return of the Bake Off tent and a whole lot more soggy bottoms. 

The Great British Bake Off is the epitome of British tv; it fills our hearts with joy for ten solid weeks, has us clutching at our seats as the time ticks away, and singlehandedly made baking cool again. 

The adored show is returning later this month, bringing with it the arrival of a brand new celebrity judge, socially distanced cake testing and a whole lot more baking disasters. And, much like the rest of the UK, we cannot wait for its return. 

Read on to find out more about the Bake Off’s epic 2020 return. 

Matt Lucas will be replacing Sandi Toksvig, bringing with him his wit, humour and sweet toothed appetite.

But wait wasn’t it supposed to be cancelled?

Well, kind of. There was cause for concern that Bake Off wouldn’t be returning to our screens for another season due to the coronavirus pandemic and government guidelines surrounding social distancing and safety. But we can thank the baking gods that lockdown restrictions were loosened (although now, tightened again), allowing the crew and team to head on into the tent for a six week baking extravaganza. 

So, how did they film it then?

Extremely cautiously. 

Ensuring the safety of cast and crew members was taken extremely seriously, and production finally began underway in July. Of course, in order to abide by government guidelines, all of the 120 cast and crew were living in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks, and were said to be shooting on a ‘two days on, two days off’ filming schedule.

Judge Paul Hollywood uploaded a video to Instagram thanking the crew and members for their painstaking effort and support during the filming of the show. Hollywood commented, “It’s just a quick video to say we’ve finally managed to finish series 11 of the Great British Bake Off and it’s all down to Love Productions.

“We have a fantastic cast and crew, great team. Big thank you to all of the staff at the hotel for looking after us for nearly seven weeks. It’s been a long time. It’s been really unusual filming this year obviously under COVID conditions.” 

Who will be replacing Sandi Toksvig?

Following Sandi Toksvig’s announcement that she would be retiring from the Bake Off, fans of the beloved baking show have been itching to know who will be replacing her. And, last month saw the news break that comedian, actor and novelist, Matt Lucas would be replacing her, bringing with him his wit, humour and sweet toothed appetite. 

Known best for his comedic role in Little Britain, Matt Lucas is set to be joining comedian Noel Fielding on the presenting front, helping to console, encourage and munch through the baker’s cakes and sweet treats. 

Both Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith remain as the judges, casting their critical eye over the Bake Off’s contestants, not letting any under baked sourdoughs or soggy bottoms go unnoticed. 

Who’s heading into the tent?

Contestants have just been announced! We can expect everyone from a local accountant to a radiographer, a resin sculptor to a music teacher heading into the tent next week.

Their baking skills will all be put to the test but we sure are hoping to have the next Nadiya Hussain or David Atherton in our grabs. 

When can we watch it?

Bake Off fans, you’ll be glad to know the wait is almost over! The Great British Bake Off returns Tuesday 22nd September on Channel 4, 8pm

Great British Bake Off returns Tuesday 22nd September on Channel 4, 8pm

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