Bake Off production shut down over suspected case of Covid

Production on Great British Bake Off had to shut down because of a suspected case of coronavirus.

Filming on new episodes pressed ahead this summer with measures put in place to keep everyone safe, and the new series will start on September 22.

Contestants, crew and presenters were in a ‘bubble’ together throughout, all staying in the same hotel.

However, it turns out filming had to be put on hold temporarily because someone on set showed symptoms of Covid-19.

Letty Kavanagh, Bake Off’s executive producer and managing director at Love Productions confirmed that the person in question was put straight into isolation and tested immediately.

‘Somebody spoke to our medical team because they were showing symptoms that could have been Covid,’ she explained.

‘We had very strict protocols about what to do – they were isolated immediately, as was anyone who had been in close contact with them. They were tested immediately and we paused filming for an afternoon.’

Luckily, after the person tested negative for the virus, filming was able to resume.

Letty added to the Radio Times: ‘We were lucky, but it felt it like we would need to be extremely unlucky for it to be positive.’

It comes after new judge Matt Lucas said filming for Bake Off has been ‘tough’.

Appearing on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Monday, he explained: ‘I have had the best, best time.

‘Love Productions hired a hotel and we had a skeleton staff of 25, and we had a Covid medic team and special cleaners and everyone lived in this hotel and the tent was in the grounds. So you could leave your room and be in makeup in 90 seconds so I slept more than I usually do when filming.

‘It was tough for the bakers – we had two days on and two days off, and on the days off the bakers were in practice kitchen, so it was gruelling for them.’

The Great British Bake Off returns this month.

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