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

Discover who stars in TV’s most delicious show this year and everything else you need to know.

By Katie Archer Published: 22 September 2021 - 10.27pm
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Dust off your aprons, warm your ovens and line your cake tins, The Great British Bake Off is back for a 12th series!

Here’s all we know so far about the new series.

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When is The Great British Bake Off back?

The new series began on September 21, 2021.

Just like 2020, the bakers had to form a bubble again so that they could 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?

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

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith have already judged the celebrity series of Bake Off this year and return for the main event.

Who are the presenters?

Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Matt Lucas in The Great British Bake Off. 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.

Both presenters are back again for 2021 - which is 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 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 airs on Channel 4 on Tuesdays at 8pm.