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‘The Great British Bake Off’ Returns! Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Season

Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, and Noel Fielding serving cake in the trailer for 'The Great British Bake Off 2023'

Summer is finally coming to an end, and that means it’s the best time of the year! The Great British Bake Off is returning for its 14th outing, and we couldn’t be more excited. There are few things more relaxing than watching lovely people making delicious baked goods in a too-warm tent. Bring on the most heartwarming competition on TV.

When does the new season of The Great British Bake Off start?

In the U.K., Channel 4 has announced that the new season of The Great British Bake Off will start on Tuesday, September 26. Thankfully, that means there’s not much longer to wait.

In the U.S., where it’s known as The Great British Baking Show (for some reason), the rights have been with Netflix for the last few years. Netflix has confirmed that this partnership will continue this year, with the new season premiering on the streaming service on September 29, with new episodes following every Friday.

The Great British Bake Off gets a new host!

GBBO has had multiple hosts over the years, and a new one is set to enter the tent this season. Joining returning judges Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, and presenter Noel Fielding, is Allison Hammond—and we’re pretty sure The Mary Sue‘s own Rachael Davies manifested this. Hammond, known in the U.K. for competing in the third series of Big Brother, waltzing in Strictly Come Dancing, and most recently for co-hosting This Morning, is sure to be a fun addition to the cast. She’s hilarious, has an infectious laugh, and will no doubt get along gloriously with Noel Fielding. We can’t wait to see how she interacts with the contestants, too.

Why did Matt Lucas leave Bake Off?

Matt Lucas, known for Little Britain and Doctor Who hosted Bake Off for a total of three seasons and 51 episodes. When it was announced he was leaving the show, Lucas wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Farewell Bake Off! It’s been a delicious experience and I can’t imagine a more fun way of spending my summers. But it’s become clear to me that I can’t present both Fantasy Football League and Bake Off alongside all my other projects.” He added that he was “cheerfully passing the baguette on to someone else.”

Throughout those three seasons, however, the Fielding and Lucas pairing was missing some of the magic of Fielding co-hosting with Sandi Toksvig, so we’re excited to see what Allison Hammond will bring to the table. I’ve got a feeling it’ll be the best kind of chaotic energy, and I’m here for it.

The Great British Bake Off is implementing some other changes this year, too

Allison Hammond joining the show is not the only change coming to Bake Off in 2023. After complaints that some of last year’s challenges were too over-the-top and complicated with too little time given to the contestants, promises have been made that the new season will be stripped “back to basics, with a few twists.” As reported by The Mirror, Richard McKerrow, who runs Love Productions, the production company that makes the show, admitted that “the last series was not [their] strongest,” and that he had listened to the fans.

We can’t wait to see what that means when The Great British Bake Off returns to our screens.

(featured image: Channel 4)

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El (she/her) has been working as a freelance writer for various entertainment websites for over a year, ever since she completed her Ph.D. in Creative Writing. El's primary focus is television and movie coverage for The Mary Sue, including British TV and franchises like Marvel, but she is happy to pitch in with gaming content once in a while if it concerns one of the few video games she actually knows anything about. As much as she enjoys analyzing other people's stories, her biggest dream is to one day publish an original fantasy novel of her own.