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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Great British Bake Off’ 2019

Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, and Prue Leith return to the famous tent

Great British Bake Off 2019 judges Paul Hollywood, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith, and Sandi Toksvig pose with British cakes ahead of the new series on Channel 4 Channel 4 [Official Photo]

It’s Great British Bake Off season, motherf******. Now in its third series on Channel 4, GBBO’s impeccable mixture of ‘British’ cakes, bakes, and puddings; risible puns; Paul Hollywood’s blue steel eyes; and a massive tent is likely never going to collapse. Here’s everything you need to know about the new series, and expect a weekly round-up of all the best bits as the series progresses — just come back to this Great British Bake Off hub to see them all, as GBBO enters the final stage for 2019.

Great British Bake Off 2019 episode round-ups

The Great British Bake Off judges aren’t going anywhere

No changes behind the table: Paul Hollywood is sticking around, despite seeing his debut London bakery Knead demolished in Euston. Prue Leith will continue to rate cakes according to their calorie status in a sort of lawful good doctrine, while Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding and Winnie the Witch narrator Sandi Toksvig will be sprinkling puns in left, right, and centre.

But the 2019 contestants are younger than ever

13 bakers, otherwise known as a bakers’ dozen, otherwise known as an easy casting pun, will face up to technical challenges, signature bakes, and the extremely stressful task of producing goods that respond to miniscule changes in temperature and humidity in a Very Big Tent That Is Entirely Open To The Atmosphere. This year’s cast, in full:

Alice (GBBO Final)

28, teacher

Alice, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Amelia (Episode 3, Bread Week)

24, fashion designer

Amelia, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Dan (Episode 1, Cake Week)

32, support worker

Dan, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

David (WINNER)

36, international health adviser

David, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Helena (Episode 5, Roaring 20s Week)

40, project manager

Helena, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Henry (Episode 8, Pastry Week)

20, student

Henry, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Jamie (Episode 2, Biscuit Week)

20, waiter

Jamie, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Michael (Episode 7, Festival Week)

26, theatre manager SLASH fitness instructor

Michael, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Michelle (Episode 5, Roaring 20s Week)

35, print shop administrator

Michelle, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Phil (Episode 4, Dairy Week)

56, HGV driver

Phil, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Priya (Episode 6, Dessert Week)

34, marketing consultant

Priya, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Rosie (Episode 9, Patisserie Week)

28, veterinary surgeon

Rosie, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

Steph (GBBO Final)

28, shop assistant

Steph, a contestant on Great British Bake Off 2019 Immediate/Channel 4

The Great British Bake Off has a suitably baked trailer

Accurately described by Eater’s Greg Morabito as a “chamomile-scented acid trip,” it features fencers with baguettes, a goth with blancmange, and a baker so entranced by Paul Hollywood’s blue, blue eyes that they have installed a portrait above their oven, like a Stalinist Delia Smith. It also starts with “chaos in the supermarkets,” allegedly because of baking fever, even if it looks like a scene from October 31 as Brexit takes hold of Britain’s food supply. Take a look below.

And the new series starts very soon

Great British Bake Off 2019 premieres on Channel 4 27 August, starting at 8p.m. Check back for GBBO round-ups every week, with rubrics and rankings never seen before.

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