2020 has been quite the year, to say the very least. And honestly, we need the Great British Bake Off more than ever before.
The good news is: the Bake Off team has confirmed it’s wrapped filming on the new season with promises of “more news soon”.
So, how exactly have they managed to film the popular baking show when most TV and movie productions are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
In an interview with Broadcast, Kieran Smith, creative director at Love Productions, the production company behind Bake Off, explained how they filmed the upcoming season. “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan,” Smith said.
That plan meant that the cast and crew of the series all had to self-isolate for nine days and take three COVID tests before forming a bubble together for six weeks in order to shoot the show. They hired a hotel in south east London in July 2020, where the entire cast and crew stayed, as well as 20 hotel staff and 80 producers.
“It was a massive operation, we even [built] 12 practice kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off,” explained Smith. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”
This series will have a new host since Sandi Toksvig’s departure. Comedian Matt Lucas will join Noel Fielding as the intense baking show’s comic relief. No release date has been given yet, and Bake Off‘s publicists did not immediately respond to Mashable’s request for comment.
Can’t wait for our beloved GBBO! In the meantime, you can stream previous seasons of the Great British Bake Off on My4.