“Great British Bake Off” returns to the tent beginning September 22. Series 11 starts airing weekly episodes on Channel 4 at 8 p.m. every Tuesday (Episodes will be streamed worldwide on Netflix three days later under the title “Great British Baking Show” collection 8). Scroll through the photo gallery to learn more about the dozen bakers vying to win series 11 of “GBBO.” They range in age from 20 to 61 and are split evenly between men and women.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced an upheaval in production, with the start of filming postponed from early April to mid July. In the previous 10 series, the shooting schedule mirrored that of the episodes, with each competition taking place over the course of a weekend. That allowed the bakers to travel home for the week and perfect their recipes for the following weekend.
But the health crisis forced a drastic revamp for “Great British Bake Off” series 11. The bakers, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Keith, and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, all lived in a bubble at the Down Hall Hotel in Bishop’s Stortford. The schedule was compressed with filming taking place in half the usual time. But don’t despair. All the usual elements of the show are still in place for each episode: the three rounds (signature, technical and showstopper), star baker and elimination, and even the Hollywood handshake.