It’s the end of summer and that means one thing only, the Great British Bake Off is back! From bread to biscuits, from cakes to pies; the baking competetion wins over the hearts of British viewers every year as we watch the contestants create fabulous bakes… and not so fabulous bakes.
Over these next few weeks, Mary Berry will become our surrogate grandmother, Paul Hollywood our ever-critical uncle and the contestants our long lost baking brothers and sisters. To celebrate GBBO’s 7th series, here’s a few facts you probably didn’t know:
- GBBO first premiered 17th August 2010, with an average of 2.77 million UK viewers whilst last years GBBO had 12.50 million UK viewers.
- Series 1 was filmed at Fulham Palace, Series 2 at Valentines Mansion, Series 3 & 4 in Harptree Court and Series 5 to 7 in Welford Park.
- In the 5th series, a number of viewers complained about the volume of innuendos used by presenters, Mel and Sue.
- Over the 7 series, GBBO has won three BAFTAs, two National Television Awards and a Rose d’Or lifestyle award.
- This year, over 12,000 people applied to be a GBBO contestant. 300-400 applicants make it to the first audition, and only 50-60 people get to the second audition. The applicants to the show are assessed by a researcher, followed by an audition in London with two of their bakes. They then undergo a screen test and an interview with a producer. The second audition involves the applicants baking two recipes for judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in front of the cameras.
- The reason the contestants wear the same clothes all weekend, despite the programme being filmed over two days, is for continuity purposes; not just because they only own that one outfit.
- You’ll be pleased to know the bakes don’t just go in the bin! Chief home economist Faenia Moore of GBBO said: “It all gets eaten, but in a controlled way. It’s important for the bakers to eat what they’ve slaved over, so after each challenge I make up a ‘baker’s basket’ to go to their lunchroom. Then any leftovers go to the crew lunch.”
- Apparently, Paul has a strict ‘no cake ban’ in his day to day life, and only eats it when judging on GBBO.
- There are international versions of GBBO such as The Great Australian Bake Off, Bake Off Brazil and The Great South African Bake Off.
- The filming takes up to 16 hours a day over the two days of baking!
Well there you have it – there’s more than meets the eye to one of the UK’s most popular television shows.
Let’s hope difficult bread week goes well for the contestants next week!
Sources: wikipedia, bbcgoodgood.com & mentalfloss.com