When does The Great British Bake Off 2020 start?

FANS OF The Great British Bake Off can't wait for the show to FINALLY kick off.

Filming for the upcoming 11th series was delayed due to Covid-19, but we finally have a release date for you.

When will Bake Off 2020 start?

Fans had feared Bake Off wouldn't return until 2021 as it wasn't included in Channel 4's autumn TV highlights – but the show is BACK.

Filming was originally planned for April 2020, pre-pandemic, but was pushed back to July 2020.

The show will kick off at 8pm on September 22, 2020 on Channel 4.

After that, it will air at the same time every Tuesday.

Who are the Bake Off judges?

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will return as judges to the show.

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic bakers might not be so lucky as to experience one of Paul's golden handshakes of approval.

Together Prue and Paul will be rating and ranking the various bakes across the usual challenges, like the technical.

Who are the Bake Off 2020 hosts?

The biggest change is that Matt Lucas will take over from Sandi Toksvig as a presenter.

Sources close to Sandi had said she was "desperate to leave for ages" and spent most of the time on-set knitting and isolating herself.

The Little Britain star will co-host alongside Noel Fielding, one of the nation's most-loved eccentric comedians.

Who are the Bake Off 2020 contestants?

All 12 bakers were revealed on September 15, 2020.

You Bake Off contestants are:

  • Dave, 30, is an Armoured Guard from Hampshire.
  • Hermine, 39, is from London and works as an Accountant.
  • Laura, 31, from Gravesend in Kent is a Digital Manager in her day job.
  • Londoner Sura, 31, is a Pharmacy Dispenser.
  • Loriea, 27, lives in Durham and is a Diagnostic Radiographer.
  • Lottie, 31, is from West Sussex and is a Pantomime Producer.
  • Rowan, 55, from Worcestershire is a Music Teacher.
  • Marc, 51, lives in Cornwall and is a Bronze Resin Sculptor.
  • Mak, 51, from Greater Manchester is an Accountant.
  • Linda, 61, from East Sussex is a Retirement Living Team Leader.
  • Edinburgh-born Peter, 20, is an Accounting & Finance Student.
  • Northern Irish Mark, 31, lives in Liverpool and works as a Project Manager.

You can find out more about the 12 bakers right here.

How will Bake Off be different in 2020?

Cast, including presenters, were made to quarantine before filming began so that close interaction on-set was possible – so don't be surprised if you don't see them social distancing on screen.

There's been speculation that the iconic filming location used by the bakers would have changed due to covid-19, but producers haven't confirmed or denied this.

Chief commercial officer Jane Millichip said at a virtual Broadcasting Press Guild lunch event: "As you can imagine, there was a lot of work collaboratively between Love Productions and our COVID protocols team just to get that right."

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