Bake Off 2020: When was The Great British Bake Off filmed?

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Channel 4 will be launching the new series of The Great British Bake Off this evening (Tuesday, September 21) at 8pm. Once again, there will be a roster of home bakers entering the famous white tent to put their culinary skills to the test. Express.co.uk takes a look at when the show was filmed.

When was GBBO filmed?

The Great British Bake Off 2020 was filmed earlier this year with the show relocating from its home of Welford Park in Berkshire to a hotel in Essex.

Filming took place for six weeks starting in July and the process proved to be much more intense.

Prior to filming, the cast and crew had to self-isolate for nine days and take three COVID-19 tests before they were allowed to enter the hotel.

The cast and crew of Bake Off isolated together in a bubble at the hotel, which was lying empty due to pandemic.

Usually, series of Bake Off sees contestants coming in at weekends to film the episodes.

Instead, this series saw shooting two days on and two days off as part of the filming.

The contestants usually get the opportunity to practice their bakes during the week but as they were isolating at the hotel, the production company constructed makeshift kitchens in the car park where the bakers could trial their creations prior to filming.

Cast also had the opportunity to bring their partners and children to live with them while they were filming.

There was also rigorous coronavirus testing in during filming to ensure everyone involved remained safe.

Speaking to Broadcast magazine, production company Love Productions’ creative director Kieran Smith said: “It was a massive operation, we even build 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off.”

He said Love Productions decided to go ahead with the new series of Bake Off because there were “so many people” reliant on the work the show provides.

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Love Productions’ managing director Letty Kavanagh told the outlet: “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”

Despite all the precautions, Bake Off won’t look too different this year.

Channel 4’s Kelly Webb-Lamb said: “In terms of what actually went on in the tent, the challenges that they did, the amount of time they had to prepare, those things were the same as they always are. So it’s been an incredible feat from Love to pull that off.”

As the crew had to remain in one place for the entirety of shooting, there was more socialising between the contestants and events set up for them.

Luckily, there were no problems with supplies during filming with the company pre-ordering all the ingredients from wholesalers ahead of time.

While Bake Off has changed the way it was filmed, the show will be filled with delectable delicious goods and kitchen nightmares.

The only big difference will be the absence of host Sandi Toksvig who confirmed she was leaving the show earlier this year with Matt Lucas stepping in to replace her.

Speaking about joining Bake Off alongside co-host Noel Fielding, Lucas said: “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.”

The Great British Bake Off 2020 will be starting tonight at 8pm

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