A new year means a new series of The Great British Bake Off but we still have a couple of months to wait before the bakers enter the famous tent.
Following not one but two festive specials, the nation once again has Bake Off fever and we can’t wait to see what the Channel 4 series is cooking up for us in the oven this summer.
Last year saw Matt Lucas arrive as a new host alongside Noel Fielding – but will he be sticking around for a second season?
Here’s everything we know so far about The Great British Bake Off 2021 including a start date, rumours and latest news.
When is The Great British Bake Off back in 2021?
It’s still too early to give any exact dates, but we see no reason why the next series would deviate from its usual schedule, so expect to see a new series run from September to November 2021.
According to the Rules of Entry for series 12 applications, filming dates for the next series are likely to fall between April and August 2021 – though this could be different as the 2020 contestants had to form a social contact bubble in order to make the series.
Who will present The Great British Bake Off in 2021?
New 2020 presenter Matt Lucas proved to be a popular replacement for Sandi Toksvig, with fans loving the surreal nature of his partnership with Noel Fielding.
At this stage, there have been no announcements about either of the current pair stepping down, so we’d expect them to return again next year.
That said, Sandi’s departure before this series came as something of a shock to viewers, so should anything change we’ll let you know.
Who are the judges for The Great British Bake Off in 2021?
Prue Leith has now teamed up with original judge Paul Hollywood for four seasons, and we fully expect both of them to return next year – if we hear any news to the contrary we’ll update this page accordingly.
How to apply for The Great British Bake Off
If you think you have what it takes to be the next winner, then the good news is that applications are still open for 2021 until 6th December – just head over to the official Bake Off applications page.
You need to be a UK resident aged over 16, be available for the filming dates (likely between April and August) and must not have worked professionally as a baker, cook, or chef.
Luckily for you, we spoke to a former winner to find out all the hints and tricks on how to apply for Great British Bake Off.
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