First look at Channel 4’s new Great British Bake Off set
Great British Bake Off fans can finally take a first look at the new set for the Channel 4 series – and it’s looking pretty faithful to the original!
Pictures of the new Bake Off tent have been released, where Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will gather to find the latest baking talent.
True, Mary Berry, Mel and Sue are nowhere to be seen, but everything else is looking pretty damn identical to the tent we know and love. Set designers have even made sure to include that famous Union Jack bunting!
Last month, Channel 4 confirmed that there will remain an hours worth of viewing material in the 2017 series. When the popular baking series made the transfer from the BBC to Channel 4 last year, many fans of the show were concerned that the regular advert breaks would mean a reduced amount of Bake Off content. However, it turns out that the new series will run for 75 minutes per episode.
A spokesperson for the show said: “We have always promised viewers that they would not be short-changed on the show, even though we are an ad-funded channel. The programme will run for 75 minutes to allow that.”
Not only have producers made a conscious effort to ensure the running time remains the same but they have also decided to keep many of the main format elements in place. Sources have reported the theme tune, as well as the filming location of Welford Park in Berkshire, will not undergo any changes.
An insider said previously: “While Channel 4 are keen to put their own stamp on the show, they are not trying to reinvent the wheel.
“They want to attract new legions of Bake Off fans, but also don’t want to dishearten those loyal viewers who have been watching it for years and are planning to keep doing so despite the change in channel.
“Viewers will get the familiar tent set-up, in the beautiful grounds of Welford Park, and the same theme tune they’ve been hearing since it was first launched in 2010.”
Great British Bake Off will return later this year to Channel 4.