We’re more than halfway through 2020 and so far, it’s all been filled with doom and gloom. Thankfully, there’s a bit of good news on the horizon: the new season of The Great British Bake-Off has begun filming and should hit our screens sometime later this year. If that’s not a reason to celebrate (or at least be slightly less mad about this year), I don’t know what is.
- Filming was due to begin in April. Of course, that didn’t happen thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to Love Productions’ parent company Sky Studios, the series has been given the green light to get back in the studio and get baking with a whole new group of contestants. Best news I’ve heard all year!
- Things are “going very well” so far. That’s according to Sky Studios CEO Gary Davey and chief commercial officer Jane Millichip, who updated fans on the progress of the new series this week. Things may take a little longer to come together thanks to new safety procedures, but hey, good things are worth waiting for.
- Every possible precaution has been taken. All the cast and crew including new addition Matt Lucas, who will be joining Noel Fielding for presenting duties, have been self-isolating in the run up to filming so that it could be done safely. Not only that, but filming has been moved to a whole new location, leaving Welford Park behind for a safer location. “It’s all happening in deep secret, somewhere in darkest deepest Britain in the shires,” Millichip joked, according to Deadline.
- It’s unclear when the new season of Great British Bake-Off will premiere. It’s safe to assume we’ll definitely miss our usual August start date due to the delay in production, but Millichip has made a promise that fans will want to hold him to: “You will have your victoria sponge this year.” Finally, some good news!