February 2, 2021
Each season, Great British Bake Off introduces viewers to a group of amateur bakers who have made cookies, pies, breads, and other pastries for their friends and families—but only have dreamt of doing the same for the likes of master bakers Prue Leith, Mary Berry, and Paul Hollywood.
Most of the past 11 seasons feature ten shows, during which contestants each prepare three bakes—for a total of 30—working under pressure; but also cosseted by the smiles, hugs, and jokes of the judges and two jolly hosts. Audiences fall in love with the aspirational participants, the spectacularly baked—or botched—breads and pastries, and the personable presenters.
Instead of Brits of all ages, backgrounds, and baking proficiencies, the new season will feature The Great Celebrity Bake Off —and the winner will not go home with the money, but will donate it to benefit Stand Up To Cancer. To raise the funds and keep GBBOfans entertained, celebrities will be stepping into the famous tent to show off their baking skills—or lack thereof, perhaps.
This special edition of the show will be a five part series that is set to premiere in the United Kingdom this spring, according to Deadline.
The contestants will include actors, Olympians, X-Factor winners, and musicians. Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley and X-Men‘s James McAvoy are on the list, as are Little Mix‘s Jade Thirlwall. Other names include Dame Kelly Holmes, John Bishop, Stacey Dooley, Tom Allen, David Baddiel, YouTuber KSI, Ade Adepitan, Philippa Perry, Nick Grimshaw, Rob Beckett, Alexandra Burke, Anneka Rice, Reece Shearsmith, Dizzee Rascal, Anne-Marie, Nadine Coyle, and Katherine Ryan. Phew.
Fans will notice the absence of host Noel Fielding this time around. Digital Spy has reported that just as Noel skipped out on the Christmas special to spend time at home with his daughter (who was born in October), he’ll be doing the same this time around. No worries, we all still willl have Matt Lucas, Prue Leith, and Paul Hollywood gracing our screens. Praise be.
In the States, the show will air weekly on Netflix this spring. No more specific date has been offered yet.
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