Bake Off 2021: everything we know so far including judges and start date

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by Marianna Manson |

Love Island might be over but there’s plenty of juicy autumn reality telly coming up, with Married at First Sight already in full swing and Strictly Come Dancing just round the corner.

But if it’s wholesome family friendly fun you’re after, you’ll be pleased to know that the start date for Great British Bake Off has been confirmed, and you’re not going to have to wait long at all.

Here’s everything we know so far…

When does Great British Bake Off 2021 start?

Great news - Great British Bake Off 2021 is starting on Channel 4 on Tuesday 21 September.

Where is Great British Bake Off 2021 filmed?

Bakers will be returning to the iconic white tent for the 2021, but did you know the location was changed in 2020?

Since 2014, Bake Off has been filmed in the grounds of Welford Park Stately Home in Berkshire, but last year producers moved it to the Down Hall Hotel in Bishop’s Stortford, a village on the border of Hertfordshire and Essex. The move was made so that Bake Off could hire out the whole hotel, in order to keep the show Covid safe.

For 2021, the show is returning to its home at Welford Park.

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Great British Bake Off 2021 contestants

We haven’t met any of the lucky bakers yet, but you can expect twelve skilled contestants to enter the tent on launch day.

What is Great British Bake Off 2021 doing amid Covid?

Bake Off was one of the few reality shows last year that didn’t entirely halt production due to the pandemic. As well as changing the location, cast, crew and contestants (along with their families in some cases) isolated together at the hotel in a bubble.

Filming went off without a hitch and provided us with a much needed semblance of normality, and this year we can expect much of the same.

Who are the judges on Great British Bake Off 2021?

Prue Leith, who replaced Mary Berry after the move to Channel 4, will be returning alongside Bake Off king Paul Hollywood, who’s basically part of the furniture.

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Who is presenting Great British Bake Off 2021?

Along with Mary, the show’s original hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc also jumped ship when the show left the Beeb, and were replaced with comedian Noel Fielding and actor and director Sandi Toksvig. A strange choice, perhaps, but Noel and Sandi were the unlikely presenting duo from heaven and totally worked.

In January 2020, it was announced that Sandi was quitting her role, amid reports she was “unhappy” at work and had been “desperate to leave for ages”.

She was replaced by comedian Matt Lucas. Noel and Matt will be returning to host the 2021 series together.

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