When does The Great British Bake Off air?

The Great British Bake Off 2020 airs every Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.

Fans are in for a treat, as the Radio Times has reported that the series opens with three longer episodes, each lasting for around 90 minutes. After those initial ones, the episodes will be reduced to the usual 75 minute length.

In these modern times, you don't just have to watch the bakers struggle with a technical recipe the traditional way. Instead, you can watch on All 4 – live or on-demand with catch-up through a wide range of devices including smart TVs, games consoles, media streamers, phones and tablets.

Great British Bake Off 2020 trailer

You can watch the official full trailer for this year's Bake Off here:

Channel 4 also released a brief teaser trailer for this year's series:

Who is presenting GBBO 2020? 

Comedian, writer and actor Matt Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig, who is leaving the show to pursue other projects, including a brand new show coming to Channel 4 - The Write Offs - which is centred around the theme of adult literacy. 

Lucas joins Noel, Paul and Prue to present the 2020 main series. On his new role, he stated, "I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the most delicious show on television... And bearing in mind my love of cake, I’ve already ordered some much larger trousers in anticipation. See you in the tent!"

Will COVID affect Bake Off?

For what you'll see on television - no. The show is exactly the same as you know it. 

However, the Radio Times published an in-depth report on how the show was filmed during the pandemic. The entire cast, crew and respective families all had to quarantine together and live onsite during the filming process, which lasted for six weeks. Everyone also had to be regularly tested for COVID-19. 

Fortunately, the filming process is now all wrapped up, and no major differences should be noticeable on camera - unlike other competitions such as Strictly Come Dancing

The Great British Bake Off 2020 contestants

Here's all the hopeful bakers who are in the tent this year:

  • David, aged 30, an Armoured Guard from Hampshire - David lives with his girlfriend in their first home, and bakes once a week whilst listening to punk rock. His baking strengths lie in bread and decoration, and he likes to be innovative with his creations. 
  • Hermine, aged 39, an Accountant from London - Hermine was born in West Africa, and moved to London for further education. Her specialities in baking lie in pâtissérie and sourdough, and she cooks regularly for her family. 
  • Laura, aged 31, a Digital Manager from Kent - Laura is a perfectionist when it comes to baking, and so aims to make all her things look faultless and dainty. She is married to a Police Community Support Officer and loves musical theatre.
  • Linda, aged 61, a Retirement Living Team Leader from East Sussex - Linda found her love for baking after visiting her aunt's dairy farm, and uses homegrown produce in her bakes. She loves comfort foods and classics, and loves spending time outdoors.
  • Loriea, aged 27, a Diagnostic Radiographer from Durham - Loriea uses baking to celebrate her Caribbean roots, and began baking at age five with her grandmother. Her biggest baking fan is her husband Peter, and she loves to include coconut, chillies and cinnamon in her food. 
  • Lottie, aged 31, a Pantomime Producer from West Sussex - Lottie has been fascinated by cooking from being very young, when she used to watch cooking shows and make notes in her books. Outside of the kitchen, she enjoys playing computer games and practising yoga.
  • Makbul, aged 51, an Accountant from Greater Manchester - Makbul taught himself to cook as a means to support his mum, and is able to measure ingredients just by eye. His strengths lie in pastry, and his harshest critics are his three grown-up children. 
  • Marc, aged 51, a Bronze Resin Sculptor from Cornwall - Marc entered Bake Off to prove that when life throws you obstacles, you can rise to the challenge. After losing his leg in a motorbike accident, Marc took to baking bread as a form of therapy and has never looked back.
  • Mark, aged 32, a Project Manager from Liverpool - Mark began experimenting with baking at university, and has baked a number of cakes, including wedding cakes. His style is influenced by his Irish heritage, and when he isn't baking he enjoys travelling. 
  • Peter, aged 20, an Accounting & Finance Student from Edinburgh - Peter was influenced by his mum's home cooking and Bake Off to start baking. He loves to use Scottish ingredients such as berries, whisky, oats and honey in his creations wherever he can. 
  • Rowan, aged 55, a Music Teacher from Worcestershire - Rowan is entirely self-taught, and calls his baking style ostentatious but tasteful. French pâtissérie is his passion, and he loves decorating his bakes with edible flowers. Rowan is a fitness enthusiast and lives with his partner. 
  • Sura, aged 31, a Pharmacy Dispenser from London - Sura grew up with a family who offered food as a means to show love, and her Middle Eastern and Asian heritage influence her to experiment with ingredients from all over the world. She lives with her husband and grandmother. 

Who won GBBO 2019?

The final of The Great British Bake Off came down to three contestants; David, Steph and Alice. By managing to keep his cool and execute a winning showstopper, David scooped up the Bake Off trophy, despite Steph being a favourite going into the finale. 

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How to watch Bake Off 2020 from outside the UK

As per usual, Bake Off is available through regular UK broadcast TV (however you get your TV), airing on Channel 4.

If you want to watch from outside the UK - such as the US, where you might know it as The Great British Baking Show - then you'll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears you're device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the Channel 4 website. For more details see our article on watching Bake Off from abroad. 

How to apply to be on the GBBO 

If you're a budding baker and would like to apply for Bake Off, then unfortunately 2020's applications are now closed. However, they will most likely reopen for 2021 later on this year. Keep an eye out on the official sign-up page