Great British Bake Off 2020: The new contestants revealed competing under strict COVID-19 rules

Channel 4 has unveiled the 12 home-bakers competing in the eleventh season of The Great British Bake Off, due to air on Tuesday, September 22.

The new batch of hopeful competitors include a pantomime producer, a radiographer, an armoured guard, and an amputee who uses baking as a form of therapy.

This year will also see the introduction of comedian and actor, Matt Lucas as co-host alongside comedian, Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Matt Lucas replaced Sandi Toksvig who left the show earlier this year to peruse other projects.

The show, which normally airs in late August was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but eventually resumed filming without strict social distancing rules.

Season 11 was shot at a private location in Essex, where the full cast and crew stayed in a hotel throughout filming and had to undergo regular COVID-19 testing.

Before entering the ‘biosphere’ the contestants had to quarantine for nine days and have two negative results from a coronavirus test, and were then tested again at the venue.

Health and safety guidelines were put in place by the producers before filming. Executive producer Letty Kavanagh insisted even packets of flour were cleaned several times, and it’s been reported that anything coming in and out of the ‘Bake Off bubble’ including luggage and food deliveries had to be deep cleaned.

Despite the changes to the venue, and the strict measures put in place due to the filming taking place during the pandemic, Prue Leith has said the show will look exactly the same.

Watch The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4, Tuesday September 22 at 8pm.

Candice Farrow

Fashion and lifestyle blogger from North East, England.

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