THE Great British Bake Off has returned to our screens after its much-discussed move to Channel 4.
Here is the scoop on the new Bake Off line-up, Mary Berry’s replacement and the brand new presenters who will be guiding us through the series…
What time is Great British Bake Off 2017 on TV?
The new series of The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday, October 3 at 8pm on Channel 4.
Episode five goes head-to-head with Robson Green’s Coastal Lives on ITV, Saving Lives at Sea on BBC Two and Holby City on BBC One.
Channel 4 has moved GBBO from its traditional Wednesday night slot creating a clash with the BBC’s replacement show The Big Family Cooking Showdown – which the Beeb has now moved to a Thursday evening so fans can watch both as they air.
Beeb bosses backed down on a bid to keep the show off air – they had originally planned to enforce a contract with Love Productions that would have delayed it until 2018.
Who is in the Great British Bake Off 2017 line-up and who has been eliminated?
The line-up for Bake Off 2017 includes a trainee stuntwoman, the oldest ever contestant and a software developer who has survived cancer.
- Kate, 29, from Merseyside, is a health and safety inspector who also dabbles in blacksmithing, furniture restoration and yoga.
- Julia, 32, from West Sussex, spent three years honing her baking prowess so she could enter Bake Off, and was originally from Kemerovo, Siberia.
- Flo, 71, from Merseyside, is the oldest amateur contestant to appear on Bake Off to date, and took up baking after the death of her husband, Richard, two years ago.
- Steven, 34, from Hertfordshire, has a background in marketing, but his heart lies in the kitchen – he has lost an impressive five stone thanks to his own home-cooking.
- Yan, 46, from North London, moved from Hong Kong to the UK with her family when she was two, and started to bake seriously 10 years ago.
- James, 46, from Essex, describes himself as a bald, baking banker – although friends say he looks more like a bank robber – and grows his own fruit and vegetables to incorporate into his recipes.
- Sophie, 33, from Surrey, is a former Officer in the Royal Artillery who is training to be a stuntwoman – she didn’t discover her talent for baking until she volunteered to make a friend’s birthday cake.
- Stacey, 42, from Hertfordshire, is a former school teacher who has fond memories of helping her grandmother make bread and butter pudding when she was a little girl.
- Liam, 19, from North London, has been baking for four years and is fondly known as the ‘Cake Boy’ amongst his university friends.
- Peter, 52, from Essex, is an IT programme manager who lived in Nigeria from the age of seven and moved back to the United Kingdom when he was 24. He was eliminated in Week One.
- Chris, 50, from Bristol, is a software developer who loves the science behind baking – a cancer survivor, he is passionate about helping other people whose lives have been affected by the disease. He was elimated in Week Two.
- Tom, 29, from Edinburgh, is an architect who lives with his partner David and was taught to bake by his mother, a home economics teacher. He was elimianted in Week Three.
Who is judging Great British Bake Off 2017?
The Sun exclusively revealed in February that former Great British Menu judge Prue, 76, would be taking on the role.
A source said: “Both are from similar backgrounds, so hopefully viewers will be accepting and give Prue a chance to win them over.
“Following in Mary’s footsteps is a big challenge.
“But the producers are confident that Prue has all the attributes.”
It’s been difficult for fans to wave goodbye to national treasure Mary Berry, after she was crowned best judge at this year’s National Television Awards (NTAs).
Who will be presenting Great British Bake Off 2017?
After Channel 4 scooped the rights to the Bake Off with a £75 million three-year offer, hosts Mel Giedroyc, 48, and Sue Perkins, 47, joined 81-year-old judge Mary Berry by quitting.
After much speculation, Channel 4 finally announced that the new presenters will be Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding.
Sandi said: “It is an extraordinary honour to part of this national treasure of a show.
“Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business.
“The first time I met him I felt like I had met a rather wayward cousin whose take on the world made me laugh.
“The only down side is that he has much better dress sense than I do. I spend my daytimes on Channel 4 already so it will be a treat to be there in the evenings.
Noel is equally as pleased to be working with Sandi, saying: “GBBO is one of my favourite shows.
“I’ve always loved brightly coloured cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me!
“It’s basically the double.”
What is The Great British Bake Off 2017’s format?
The Sun exclusively revealed in April that Channel 4 were sticking to the same tried and tested recipe for the new series – by using the same venue, tent and theme tune.
In previous years 12 eager hopefully have entered the tent in the first episode with one being eliminated each week until the final three battle it out in the grande finale.
Each episode has three challenges, the signature bake, the technical bake and the show stopper challenge, with the judges Paul – and previously Mary Berry – offering their expert opinions on the contestant’s attempts.
Only time will tell how this year’s series will be structured, but with a whole new presenting team and a brand new judge, fans are relieved that it hasn’t changed too much.
Channel 4 released a new trailer on August 3 hinting that Bake Off would be back on our screens before long.
However, the minute-long teaser trailer didn’t feature the new presenters or judges or any tension from the famous tent.
Instead, it was an adorable animated clip of various types of cakes singing a song about “all standing together” – perhaps hinting at the controversy of the show abandoning the BBC.