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 tonight.

Filming for the upcoming 11th series was delayed due to Covid-19, but we won't be short of fun and great bakes.

When will Bake Off 2020 start?

The show will kick off at 8.15pm on September 22, 2020 on Channel 4. It was originally due to air at 8pm but has been delayed slightly for Boris Johnson's address on coronavirus.

After that, it will air at 8pm every Tuesday.

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

Who are the Bake Off judges?

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

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

Despite Covid restrictions, Paul was allowed to give contestants his “Hollywood handshake” for top bakes.

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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