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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Great British Bake Off’ 2020

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are joined by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding

GBBO judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith Channel 4

It’s coming up to Great British Bake Off season, motherf******. Now in its new 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, which starts 22 September. 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.

How has coronavirus affected GBBO 2020?

In a big way. Filming was delayed, contestants and crew were forced to quarantine over four weeks, not eleven, and the Paul Hollywood handshake will be no more. Its new trailer pays homage to the flour shortage of coronavirus lockdown.

Great British Bake Off 2020 episode round-ups

GBBO’s 11th has begun, and each and every episode will be rounded up here — just like in Great British Bake Off 2019.

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. Mighty Boosh star Noel Fielding is still around, but Winnie the Witch narrator Sandi Toksvig is out: she’ll be replaced by former Little Britain star Matt Lucas.

And what of the 2020 GBBO contestants?

12 bakers, one short of the usual 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 minuscule changes in temperature and humidity in a Very Big Tent That Is Entirely Open To The Atmosphere. Here they are, complete with two trios with suspiciously similar names. Mak Marc and Mark? For real?

Dave Runner-up, The Final

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Dave Immediate Media/Channel 4

Hermine Episode 9, Patisserie Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Hermine Immediate Media/Channel 4

Laura, Runner-up, The Final

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Linda Immediate Media/Channel 4

Linda Episode 5, Pastry Week

Great British Bake Off 2020 contestant Linda Immediate Media/Channel 4

Loriea Episode 1, Cake Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Loriea Immediate Media/Channel 4

Lottie Episode 7, 80s Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Lottie Immediate Media/Channel 4

Mak Episode 2, Biscuit Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Mak Immediate Media/Channel 4

Marc Episode 8, Dessert Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Marc Immediate Media/Channel 4

Mark Episode 6. Japan Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Mark Immediate Media/Channel 4

Peter, WINNER, The Final

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Peter Immediate Media/Channel 4

Rowan Episode 3, Bread Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Rowan Immediate Media/Channel 4

Sura Episode 4, Chocolate Week

2020 Great British Bake Off contestant Sura Immediate Media/Channel 4

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