The Great British Bake Off fans, have no fear: 2020 might have been a car crash, but we’re still getting a new series of GBBO.
That’s right – Bake Off is back! CEO of Sky Studios (who owns Love Productions) confirmed the news on Wednesday in a press conference with members of the press, reported Deadline. In fact, Chief Commercial Officer, Jane Millichip, said that production has actually been filming for the past TWO WEEKS.
The pair told members of the press that the contents, hosts (Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas – who's taking over from Sandi Toksvig), judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and the whole crew have been in quarantine for a few weeks before filming to make sure that nothing comes between the world and an 11th series of Bake Off.
This announcement follows the original choice to delay filming back in April, when production usually gets under way for Bake Off’s usual start date of late August.
So, here's everything we know so far about the eleventh series of GBBO - including a potential start date, and whether it will actually be on at all thanks to all this lockdown business. More on that in a bit...
How to apply for The Great British Bake Off?
I'm afraid to say applications are now closed for Bake Off 2020, obviously. But how about getting plenty of baking practice in and applying for 2021?
When does The Great British Bake Off 2020 start?
Usually, filming takes place from April in time for the first show to air in late August: but for obvious reasons, that didn't happen this year. However, big bosses at Sky Studios did hint that series 11 will be on our screens by the end of the year...
The Great British Bake Off 2020 trailer
Sadly, we won't be getting a trailer for a while I'm afraid. But how about watching the 2019 one to get you all riled up?
The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants
As soon as we have the full line-up, we'll be sure to let you know.
Are Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig presenting The Great British Bake Off 2020?
Alas, Sandi announced back in January that she was stepping down as GBBO presenter. She tweeted that she wanted to concentrate on other things.
But Noel is staying, and he's got a new co-host: Matt Lucas! It was announced on 11 March that the comedian would be taking over from Sandi.
He said at the time: "I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television. I can’t wait to break bread with Noel, Prue and Paul and meet the brilliant bakers. And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!"
Are Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judging The Great British Bake Off 2020?
Prue and Paul are all over the eleventh series of Bake Off! So don't you worry about that.
Where will The Great British Bake Off 2020 be filmed?
Since 2014, Bake Off has been filmed in a tent pitched in the grounds of Welford Park in Newbury. Before then, it was filmed in various locations, including Fulham Palace, London (series one, Valentines Mansion, Redbridge (series two) and Harptree Court, Somerset (series three and four).
So we're guessing the 2020 series will also be filmed in Welford Park.
What channel will The Great British Bake Off 2020 be on?
Bake Off will continue to air on Channel 4, as the channel revealed last year that it had secured the Love Production series for at least three more series.
Channel 4 boss Ian Katz said in a statement: "Over the last two years The Great British Bake Off has become one of the best loved programmes on Channel 4, embodying the warmth, mischief and inclusivity for which the channel is known."
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