Update, September 15, 2020, 1:41 p.m.: Hi, are you read for some good news??? Remember what good news is like?? Well, here you go: Netflix announced today that the newest season of The Great British Baking Show will premiere in the U.S. on September 25!! As in this month!!
The show will drop weekly on Netflix, beginning just three days after it premieres in the U.K. They will continue following that pattern, airing each Friday, following the U.K. broadcast each Tuesday. Since we were expecting to maybe be waiting a bit longer for it on this side of the pond, this is EXCELLENT NEWS.
I am so happy I could cry??? Yes, we now have an excuse to spend each Friday night curled up on the couch with a fall candle burning while watching Paul Hollywood insult people's baking. Ugh, it feels so good to be back.
Update: September 10, 2020 10:11 a.m.
It's only been a few weeks since we got word that The Great British Bake Off had wrapped filming on its latest season, but we've already gotten some exciting new news: The next season of the show will premiere later this month!
Yes, season 11 of the show will premiere on Tuesday, September 22 at 8 p.m. on the U.K.'s Channel 4, the show announced in a tweet. The tweet was also particularly exciting because it's the first time we got a glimpse of the show with new co-host, comedian Matt Lucas.
Unfortunately, unless you live in the U.K., this date won't mean much to you. Yeah, all of us in America will simply have to wait until news of when the show, known as The Great British Baking Show here, will hit Netflix so we can catch up with the crew back in the tent. This might be a good time to mute their Twitter account just for a bit if you don't want spoilers. Still, this DOES mean it's coming even sooner than we expected, so we'll take any bit of good news! We'll be sure to update this post if we get any news for U.S. viewers!
Update: August 21, 2020 9:44 a.m. Just about a month after we got confirmation that The Great British Baking Show was filming its new season, the show confirmed that it has wrapped up filming—meaning we should have new episodes SOON.
A Twitter account for the show, known as The Great British Bake Off in the U.K., confirmed that they had crowned a winner and wrapped filming, which was originally delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. No word on when exactly we can expect the new season (especially in America!) but they said they would have more news "soon."
People understandably freaked out because, well, how often do we get good news anymore?
In an interview with BroadcastNow reported on by DigitalSpy, Kieran Smith (creative director at Love Productions which produces the show) detailed all the hoops the show had to jump through in order to film during COVID-19. They had to rent out a whole space for around 120 people so that everyone could quarantine before filming and then get tested before embarking on six weeks of filming.
It sounds like quite a lot of work so we'll all have to be extra thankful while cheering on our favorite bakers...soon?
Original: July 27, 2020 1:01 p.m. Although production for many shows and movies has been paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some are finding ways to resume filming in a way that is safe. Major sports, for example, are using a "bubble"-style process that requires teams, coaches, and other staff to quarantine within certain boundaries. It seems a similar structure is being used for the upcoming season of The Great British Baking Show, which has began filming its next season.
Love Productions produces GBBO and the CEO of Sky Studios, its parent company, confirmed during a recent luncheon that filming has been underway for two weeks, according to Deadline. It initially began filming back in April, but was thrown off schedule due to safety concerns related to the ongoing pandemic.
To address such concerns, the crew, contestants, and judges were all quarantined leading up to filming to allow for safe human-to-human contact on set. There are also reports that filming has moved from its usual set in Welford Park to a different place to make quarantining easier.
As for when we'll be able to binge the new season, the answer is a bit unclear. Chief Commercial Officer of Sky Studios Jane Millichip hinted to Deadline that those in the United Kingdom will be able to tune into Channel 4 for the new season this year. As for Netflix users and GBBO fans in the United States, we might have to wait until 2021 for it to make its way on streaming services.