The Great British Bake Off 2020 News, Start Date, Rumours And Contestants
Get your pastries and Hollywood Handshakes at the ready, because the Great British Bake Off is back for 2020.
Here’s everything you need to know, including what date GBBO will first air, who the contestants are, who will be presenting this year and how to apply to compete yourself.
When does The Great British Bake Off air?
We now have confirmation that The Great British Bake Off 2020 will air on 22 September at 8pm on Channel 4.
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff)
September 9, 2020
Fans are in for a treat, as the Radio Times has reported that the series will open with three longer episodes, each lasting for around 90 minutes. After those initial ones, the episodes will be reduced to the usual 75 minute length.
In these modern times, you don’t just have to watch the bakers struggle with a technical recipe the traditional way. Instead, you can watch on All 4 – live or on-demand with catch-up through a wide range of devices including smart TVs, games consoles, media streamers, phones and tablets.
Great British Bake Off 2020 trailer
Channel 4 has released a brief teaser trailer for this year’s series, though no footage of the show is in the video:
— Channel 4 Press (@C4Press)
September 1, 2020
Who will be presenting GBBO 2020?
Channel 4 has confirmed that comedian, writer and actor Matt Lucas will replace Sandi Toksvig, who is leaving the show to pursue other projects, including a brand new show coming to Channel 4 – The Write Offs – which is centred around the theme of adult literacy.
Lucas will join Noel, Paul and Prue to present the 2020 main series. On his new role, he stated, “I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television… And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!”
Will COVID affect Bake Off?
For what you’ll see on television – no. The show will be exactly the same as you know it.
However, the Radio Times published an in-depth report on how the show was filmed during the pandemic. The entire cast, crew and respective families all had to quarantine together and live onsite during the filming process, which lasted for six weeks. Everyone also had to be regularly tested for COVID-19.
Fortunately, the filming process is now all wrapped up, and no major differences should be noticeable on camera – unlike other competitions such as Strictly Come Dancing.
Filming has wrapped on the new series of The Great British Bake Off. More news soon… pic.twitter.com/tyDllxJGSv
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff)
August 19, 2020
The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants
So far, no contestants for this year have been revealed. Once they are announced, we’ll update this article.
Who won GBBO 2019?
The final of The Great British Bake Off came down to three contestants; David, Steph and Alice. By managing to keep his cool and execute a winning showstopper, David scooped up the Bake Off trophy, despite Steph being a favourite going into the finale.
How to watch Bake Off 2020 from outside the UK
As per usual, The Great Celebrity Bake Off will be available through regular UK broadcast TV (however you get your TV), airing on Channel 4.
If you want to watch from outside the UK – such as the US, where you might know it as The Great British Baking Show – then you’ll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears you’re device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the Channel 4 website. For more details see our article on watching Bake Off from abroad.
How to apply to be on the GBBO
If you’re a budding baker and would like to apply for Bake Off, then unfortunately 2020’s applications are now closed. However, they will most likely reopen for 2021 later on this year. Keep an eye out on the official sign-up page.