The Great British Bake Off 2021 – when does it start? Who are the judges? Who are the presenters? Everything you need to know

When will the Bake Off tent be pitched again for the new series? We find out who’ll star in TV’s most delicious show this year.

By Katie Archer Published: 13 July 2021 - 12.20pm
Channel 4 Great British Bake Off

Dust off your aprons, warm your ovens and line your cake tins, The Great British Bake Off is back for a 12th series!

After the drama of whether the 2020 series would even go ahead, this year’s Bake Off will surely be back to a more sedate affair where all we need to worry about is a soggy bottom.

It’ll be a good while until we find out who this year’s bakers are, but the line-up of hosts and judges is always big news for fans.

Here’s all we know so far about the forthcoming series – keep checking back for details as we get closer to Bake Off time.

When is The Great British Bake Off back?

After delays to the 2020 series that meant it didn’t start airing until the autumn, things look hopeful for this year’s batch of bakers showing off their skills in the usual scheduling slot at the end of August.

Just like 2020, the bakers have to form a bubble again this time so that they can continue with filming no matter what the coronavirus restrictions in place, and because filming was due to start in April before restrictions began to be lifted.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine show in May, host Matt Lucas said: "We’re starting very soon. And like last year we’re going into a bubble. All self-isolating and getting tested.

"And then we’re going into a Covid-free bubble, so we can all taste each other's bakes and there can be handshakes and all sorts."

Bake Off remains on Channel 4, having moved there from the BBC in 2017.

Who are the judges this series?

The Great British Bake Off Channel 4

Expect to see the same two judges back in the tent who have been with the show since its move to Channel 4.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith have already judged the celebrity series of Bake Off this year and will be back for the main event from the end of summer.

They’re expected to join the Covid-secure bubble at a luxury hotel ahead of filming.

Who are the presenters?

Bake Off cake Channel 4

In 2020, Noel Fielding welcomed a brand new co-host in Matt Lucas after Sandi Toksvig decided to leave her role on the show.

We know that both presenters will be back again for 2021, good news for fans who enjoyed their rapport last series.

Fielding was missing from the celebrity series as he’d just welcomed a new baby with his wife, leaving Lucas to host solo.

However, they’ll be back working together in time for the start of the new series.

In his Lorraine interview, Lucas said: "I just have fun and I love working with Noel. He’s so funny. And of course we’ve both been in double acts – we’re used to being in that dynamic.

"So when we write together we understand the rhythms to go, ‘Oh actually, I’ve thought of this joke, but you have it’. Noel is really generous like that. He comes up with very funny things for me to say.”

Who are the series 12 Bake Off contestants?

Watch this space!

The identity of the bakers is a tightly kept secret right up until the last minute before each series airs, and as the filming takes place in advance of the show being on TV they have to keep even those close to them in the dark about the outcome.

However, it sounds like we’re in for a treat this year as Lucas told Lorraine: "I’ve seen the video clips of all the new bakers and there’s some brilliant ones in there."

Who won series 11 of Bake Off?

The current reigning champion of Bake Off is Peter Sawkins, who became the show’s youngest-ever winner when he baked his way to victory aged just 20.

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Student Sawkins was also the tent’s first Scottish winner, and proudly declared himself a Bake Off nerd.

After beating Laura Adlington and Dave Friday in the 2020 final, he said: "I can't quite believe that I am here, I can't quite believe that I made it onto the show, and I can't quite believe that the show happened. This is going to be a really huge chapter in my life, and what a way for it to end.

"I wanted this a lot. When I was 12, I was watching repeats of Bake Off back-to-back, and it got me into baking big time. I am a Bake Off nerd, and I think 12-year-old Peter would be in awe, and just the most excited giddy kid. I am that excited giddy kid right now."

The Great British Bake Off is expected to return to Channel 4 in August 2021

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