The Great British Bake Off 2020 will hit screens on September 22nd. The 12 home bakers are competing for the prize that was revealed last week. The show has revamped its filming process to address the coronavirus crisis.
The upcoming series took place at the Down Hall Hotel in Essex after filming in Welford Park in Berkshire for five years. All cast members and crew members have undergone regular COVID-19 tests in an isolation bubble amid the pandemic.
Producers said they drew up a list of safety rules "longer than the Bible" before filming began on the new socially distant series with Paul Hollywood's handshake given the green light despite fears of the virus to spread and claims it could be replaced with an elbow butt.
Exciting: The Great British Bake Off 2020 will hit the screens on September 22nd. The 12 home bakers are competing for the prize that was revealed last week. The show has revamped its filming process to address the coronavirus crisis (judge and host pictured).
At the height of the lockdown, the successful Channel 4 series signed an exclusive deal with the luxurious Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Essex, which sits on 110 acres, for rental for the entire series in late July.
The Observer reports that the cottage and hotel, a stone's throw from celebrity chef Paul’s listed farmhouse in Kent, allowed the show to book it for self-catering with 25 staff to help out.
The popular show was slated to go into production as early as April before the pandemic and subsequent lockdown ruined all plans.
The publication claims that participants were then allowed to move into the hotel with their partners, children or pet dogs – if they so chose – with child and dog grooming measures on set during the six-week filming period. The hit show is typically filmed over a 12 week period with bakers traveling to and from their homes.
Hollywood handshake! The producers said they drew up a list of safety rules "longer than the Bible" before filming began on the new socially distant series with Paul Hollywood's handshake giving the green light, despite fears the virus would spread, claiming it could be replaced with an elbow bump (pictured in the 2019 series)
Before entering the "biosphere", participants had to quarantine for nine days, with the 130 people involved in the show being tested three times before filming.
The publication claims the luxurious country house had different wings for the cast and crew, with new host Matt Lucas even hosting fun evenings for show members.
Love Productions creative director Kieran Smith told the observer, "The whole point of the bubble was to be close to each other or pat people on the back or it wouldn't be bake off."
In addition to the bubble of the show, everything that came into and out of the bake off biosphere, including baggage and grocery deliveries, had to be thoroughly cleaned with packages of flour that were even cleaned several times.
A Big Bubble: The upcoming series took place at the Down Hall Hotel in Essex after filming in Welford Park in Berkshire for five years. All performers and crew members were regularly subjected to COVID-19 tests in an isolation bag in the midst of the pandemic (the participants pictured from 2020 in the tent)
With the new: The Bake Off tent on the grounds of the Down Hall Hotel in Essex
Although Judge Prue Leith was classified as a high-risk candidate for the coronavirus at the age of 80, he decided to make a comeback for the popular series.
TV sources previously claimed producers banned senior candidates who are believed to be susceptible to the virus.
A source told The Sun: “Getting the next series of Bake Off in the can is very urgent considering this is one of Channel 4's biggest draws.
“That means the nation's backgrans and grandpas have been deemed too risky. Bake Off's cocky contestants are often the centerpiece of the show. Val, the cake, would "listen" to exercise when they were done, and the Septuagenarian Flo tap became favorites. "
Kelly Webb-Lamb, assistant program director and head of popular facts for Channel 4, recently admitted that getting the show back on the air was an "enormous" accomplishment.
Amazing: At the height of the lockdown, the successful Channel 4 series signed an exclusive deal with the luxurious Down Hall Hotel and Spa in Essex, which sits on 110 acres, to be rented for the entire series on a self-catering basis in late July 25 staff available to help
The TV manager attributed strict health and safety measures, testing and quarantine systems for the back hit's return.
Paul, 54, got the green light to give up his Hollywood handshakes because of the bubble amid fears of spreading the virus.
The food expert's handshake is widely considered a golden ticket for bakers looking to meet their high expectations or win the Star Baker of the Week.
Quarantine: Before the participants entered the "biosphere", they had to be quarantined for nine days. The 130 people involved in the show were tested three times before filming (participants Marc (left) and Lottie (right)).
Showmaker's Kieran, Love Productions, recently confirmed that his iconic gesture will take place on the series, amid fears it may be scrapped.
The first time fans witnessed his congratulations was on the third series of the former BBC show. The show restarted on Channel 4 in 2017 and saw him hand out an additional seven handshakes in just one run.
Channel 4 made it clear that they were following strict security protocol so all parties could shake hands to their hearts' content.
Stringent: Elsewhere, as well as in the show's bubble, everything that came into and out of the bake off biosphere, including baggage and grocery deliveries, had to be thoroughly cleaned with packages of flour that were even cleaned several times (Participants Linda, left, and Peter, right)
GBBO announced in August that they had finished filming the upcoming series. They posted a picture of the legendary kitchen on Instagram and wrote: “The new series from The Great British Bake Off have been shot. More news soon … & # 39;
Bake Off host Sandi Toksvig announced that she had left the show earlier this year and was replaced by Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas
Matt will team up with Noel Fielding, 47, who originally joined the Great British Bake Off Cast in 2017.
Incredible: Kelly Webb-Lamb, assistant program director and head of popular facts for Channel 4, recently admitted that getting the show back on the air was an "enormous" feat (contestants Loriea (left) and Laura (right) ).
News: In August, GBBO announced that filming for the upcoming series was complete by posting a picture of the iconic kitchen on Instagram
Teaser! They wrote: & # 39; Filming has completed the new series of The Great British Bake Off. More news soon … & # 39;
The first official from The Great British Bake Off was released earlier this month and saw Judges Paul and Prue and co-hosts Matt and Noel pose with cake.
Matt recently announced that he put on a lot of weight while hosting it and only slept two hours before his debut because he was so nervous.
The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts on September 22nd at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.
New cast: Sandi Toksvig, host of Bake Off, announced that she had left the show earlier this year and was replaced by British comedian Matt Lucas (see previous series).
GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF 2020: WHO ARE THE COMPETITORS?
Occupation: Armored guard
Why bake Dave first tried baking when he left the house after relying on his mother's food for years. He now lives in Hampshire with his girlfriend, his kitchen is full of Bake Off-inspired appliances and his strengths are bread.
What does he have to say? & # 39; I am very satisfied. It felt like a long setup and that there were many hurdles that had to be overcome first.
“My strengths are the ability to learn from mistakes, accept criticism and use it to improve, while my weaknesses feel overwhelmed when disorder builds up and I have to struggle with backjargon…. And French words! & # 39;
Fun fact: Dave splits his time between work, DIY projects, and taking care of his pets when he's not boiling up in the kitchen.
Why bake Hermione was born in Benin and moved to London almost 20 years ago for further education. She made her first cake at the tender age of eight after helping her mother bake it for large family gatherings.
The French influence in Benin gave Hermione a love of high-end pate.
What does she have to say? “I thought it couldn't go on, so it was surreal to finally get into the tent that first morning. I couldn't believe I made it.
“My strength is my understanding of how ingredients work together and how to get flavors right. My weakness is the ability to get a clean, neat finish under time pressure. "
Occupation: Digital manager
Why bake Laura started baking as a child and returned to art a few years ago. The Kent born Credits work under pressure to have a strong hope in competition.
When it comes to her masterpieces, she focuses on mastering "pretty and dainty" decorations.
What does she have to say? & # 39; I was very excited about the whole experience, but I think I was especially excited to meet Matt Lucas.
“I saw him at Les Mis last year and he was amazing. I was very impressed when I first saw him and made a fool of myself. I think my first words to him were "OMG I LOVE YOU".
Interesting fact: Laura volunteers to report to the Samaritans in her free time
Occupation: Retired team leader
Why bake Linda took up the hobby at a young age after frequent visits to her aunt's dairy farm.
As a country lover, she believes that her strengths lie in home cooking and only uses local products in her kitchen.
What does she have to say? "I will never lose the magical feeling I had when I walked into the tent and that will stay with me as one of my moments."
Interesting fact: At 61, Linda is the oldest candidate of the year
Occupation: Diagnostic radiologist
Why bake The Durham-based chef brings Caribbean flavors to her food after living in Jamaica for 15 years.
She learned to bake from her grandmother and is used to working well under pressure.
What does she have to say? “What stands out most is the close bond we have already established and the mutual support, even though we come from different areas.
"Basically, it was like catching up with long-lost friends."
Interesting fact: Loriea moved to the UK when she was 15 and started baking with the help of her grandmother 10 years earlier
Occupation: Mime producer
Why bakef? West Sussex's Lottie believes she inherited her love of baking from her Lancastrian great-grandmother and often swapped toys for cookbooks as a child.
What does she have to say? “It was strange, but it was absolutely worth going straight out of lockdown to another lockdown, and that first morning was absolutely terrifying!
"As soon as I saw the tent, everything felt a little too real!"
Interesting fact: Lottie is a yoga enthusiast
Why bake Makbul, a self-taught baker from Greater Manchester, honed his baking skills through TV shows and famous post-cooking chefs to support his beloved mother.
Pastries are his specialty, which he usually creates for special occasions like Eid.
What does he have to say? "As a baker, one of my greatest strengths is that I'm not discouraged too much. I'll try. My greatest weakness is the mess I create. Seeing the tent for the first time was exciting.
"It was like stepping into another world." I'm finally here! "
Interesting fact: Makbul's three grown children who are his toughest critics.
Occupation: Bronze resin sculptor
Why bake Cornwall-based Marc joined the series to defy odds after losing his leg in a motorcycle accident in 2016.
The bronze resin sculptor credits baking cakes and pastries for healing the psychological distress of his injury after spending his youth climbing mountains.
What does he have to say? I was incredibly excited, happy, and very, very nervous. (A special memory was) to be surrounded by 11 other great people who were all competing with me and I only remember how I felt the very positive and exciting energy in the tent. & # 39;
Interesting fact: Marc, a single parent, became a landscape photographer when he settled in the UK four years after the incident.
Occupation: Accounting and finance student
Why bake Peter started baking when he was 12 and has seen the series since its introduction in 2010.
The Edinburgh born student makes sure he incorporates his cultural background into his cuisine and is the competition's youngest hopeful.
What does he have to say? “I'm only in the tent with the judges, moderators and other bakers and I noticed that I was at the bake off!
"I was just so excited to be baking in the tent and fulfilling this amazing dream."
Interesting fact: Peter is the youngest in the line-up
Occupation: Music teacher
Why bake Rowan from Worcestershire is self-taught and specializes in French pies. The teacher also likes to update Georgian-inspired recipes with his own interpretation of the 18th century and likes to decorate his masterpieces with flowers from his garden.
What does he have to say? & # 39;It was very exciting and seemed unreal after all the uncertainty and the enormous amount of preparatory work.
& # 39; My strengths are ambition in ideas and design. My weakness is over-ambitious and not interested in timing! "
Fun fact: Rowan swims a mile in the morning and enjoys spending time at the British Library
Occupation: Pharmacy dispenser
Why bake London-based Sura pays homage to her Turkish, Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian and Indian heritage by experimenting with a variety of spices in her kitchen.
What does she have to say? I looked forward to meeting Prue the most.
“I've seen her on TV for many years and I loved her passion for food and flavors and her immense knowledge of everything. "She really inspired me to bake in my early 20s."
Interesting Fact: Sura's passions are to explore her love Travel, architecture and design.
Occupation: Project manager
Why bake Northern Irish candidate Mark began experimenting with baking while at university.
As a project manager for research programs in the field of public health, he experiments with flavors from Africa and Asia after a working visit to the continents.
What does he have to say? “I think I'm a versatile baker and always ready for a challenge.
"My biggest weakness is temporal baking – at home I spend hours (and sometimes days!) Baking something to relieve stress, so I wasn't sure how I would handle that in the tent!"
Interesting fact: Mark draws inspiration from his Irish heritage, African and Asian flavors that he finds in health research programs.
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