Why we're excited for the next series of The Great British Bake Off

Why we're excited for the next series of The Great British Bake Off
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When will the new series start? 

The new series of The Great British Bake Off will start Tuesday August 28th on Channel 4, and we can't wait to see what this series brings! 

Meet the 2018 baking line-up

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With just a week until this year's series of the Great British Bake-Off begins, this year's 12 amateur bakers have been revealed! They'll be put through their paces in an attempt to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking creations helped by the support of presenters Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig. 

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Banker Antony, 30, lives in London and describes himself as a "Bollywood baker", who learned to bake with his father while growing up in India.

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Rahul, 30, also grew up in India and has an "East-meets-West style" of baking. He is a research scientist and moved to the UK seven years ago on a university scholarship.

29-year-old project manager Ruby also grew up in India but now lives in London.

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Retired cabin crew member Terry, 56, will be using his own ingredients from his own allotment and microbrewery for his unique creations.

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Father-of-four Jon, 47, from Newport, South Wales, turns to baking to relax after a long day at work as a blood courier and is planning to try lots of experimental techniques in the tent.

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27-year-old mental health specialist Kim-Joy - who was born in Belgium - will be drawing on influences from her English father and Malaysian-Chinese mother.

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Software project manager Manon, 26, is another contestant who will be taking inspiration from other countries, as she's planning a heavy influence from her French heritage, as well as the flavours she's experienced while travelling the world.

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Karen, 60, is an in-store sampling assistant who applied for the show on the encouragement of her daughters after discovering her love for baking when she owned a house in France.

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Civil servant and techno DJ Luke may only be 30 years old, but he's got 20 years of experience as he's been baking since he was just 10.

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Countryside recreation officer Imelda, 33, is from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland and was taught her culinary skills by her mother.

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33-year-old full-time mum Briony from Bristol learned all her baking techniques on YouTube.  

36-year-old full-time dad Dan, is hoping taking part in bake-off will give him a break from his kids!

  • The new series of The Great British Bake Off will begin on Channel 4 on August 28 at 8pm.

The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4

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We were dubious when the Great British Bake Off moved from the BBC to Channel 4 and lost Mary Berry, but we have to say we were pleasantly surprised by the last new series. Now, we can't wait for the new series of Bake Off to start, especially after seeing this VERY sweet preview of the upcoming series. 

On the odd chance you haven't seen the show before, the baking competition sees 12 amateur bakers go through three intense rounds to create marvellous baked treats in an attempt to impress the judges and get ‘Star Baker’ for the week.

The three rounds include the signature bake, the technical challenge and the showstopper (our favourite). There are many reasons that we’re so excited that it will soon be back on our screens but we’ve narrowed them down to four.

  1. Noel Fielding’s shirts. His quirky colourful shirts really do brighten up the atmosphere when things seem a little gloomy in the Bake Off tent. Noel’s eccentric personality is very likeable, he sure is our Mad Hatter to the tea party.  
  2. Glorious bakes. Biscuits, cakes, pastries, tarts - the stunning creations are a pleasure to our eyes and although we want to reach out into our screens and grab a sweet treat so, we can scoff it down at least we can watch it guilt-free without having gaining calories. 
  3. Cheeky Innuendos. There are some comments that can be quite naughty, it sure adds some spice into the mixture and gives us a little giggle. 
  4. Inspiration. After just watching one episode, it makes us want to get out our baking gear and put our biscuit making skills to the test. Although it sometimes doesn’t go to plan, we can still put the kettle on, put our feet up and enjoy a nice brew whilst watching the show.

Big changes for the new series of Bake Off

After Paul Hollywood admitted some of the challenges in recent series have been too "complicated" for baking fans watching at home, changes are being made to the new series to "encourage" people to bake.

He told the Daily Star newspaper: "This year we have gone back to basics on a couple of challenges because we were getting a bit over-complicated.

"Sometimes it's not just about the bakers in the tent, it's about the people in the UK who watch the programme. We want to encourage the viewers to bake."

The planned changes come after Mary Berry also expressed her concerns over the increasingly complicated tasks on the amateur baking show. When the 83-year-old cook fronted rival show Britain's Best Home Cook last month, she previously explained how the show put a focus on "teaching" viewers how to create meals themselves.

She said: "Bake Off has got quite complicated. It's become very intricate.

"Ours is very much a teaching programme. Everything we do is achievable by people at home."

The idea of Bake Off simplifying challenges comes after reports claiming that Channel 4 are in "secret talks" to renew the show - despite being just one year into a three year deal.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre column: "The ink on Channel 4's 'Bake Off' deal has barely dried, but they're not taking any chances of losing it like the BBC did. After airing just one of the three series agreed in 2016, which gave them some of their best ratings ever,  securing its future has been a top priority. 

Watch series one to seven all over again

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If you're still missing the original bake off set up, fear not. Fans of the early days of The Great British Bake Off will be delighted to hear that the first seven seasons of the popular baking show is now be available to watch on Netflix. Relive all of those famous Bake-Off moments and soggy bottoms with the original presenters, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood and presenters Mel and Sue! 

  • By Sophia Khan
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