The Curious New Filming Rules for Bake Off Judges and Contestants

The Bake Off 2020 Judges & Presenters holding different types of desserts
The Curious New Filming Rules for Bake Off Judges and Contestants

The raging worldwide pandemic created new challenges for the entertainment industry. Movie productions were halted, shows were canceled, and too many others were postponed indefinitely. In the middle of that chaos, however, there is one show that came out as promised — Bake Off also known as The Great British Baking Show. Filming it, however, did not come without its fair share of tricky situations. That’s why the producers of the show created strict new filming rules that all contestants, jury, crew, and hosts had to follow.

Bake Off 2020 & Its New Filming Rules

Believe it or not, the entire cast and crew of Bake Off were bubbled together for six whole weeks after they all passed a mandatory nine-day quarantine. During these weeks, they all stayed away from their families, although they had the option to bring a plus one or their pets, like judge Prue Leith did with her two Spaniels. That was the main condition for the show to even happen and for Channel 4 to sign off on the 11th series of the popular show.

A lineup of the new contestants of Bake Off, 2020 inside the notorious tent
The Curious New Filming Rules for Bake Off Judges and Contestants

Fans Will Still See Paul Hollywood’s Signature Handshake

If you’re a die-hard Bake Off fan, then you’ve surely seen the rare unicorn of judge Paul Hollywood’s handshake. He does it whenever one of the contestants has done a magnificent job with a challenge, and the show just wouldn’t be the same without it. Well, the producers have thought of that, too. Since they have created a clean and safe “biosphere” inside the Down Hall tent, and everything that goes inside goes through thorough disinfection, fans will still be able to enjoy this glorious moment of Paul congratulating a contestant.

Paul Hollywood's signature handshake to a contestant from a previous season of Bake Off
The Curious New Filming Rules for Bake Off Judges and Contestants

As one of the executive producers put it, making sure that Bake Off was safe for everyone took a lot of coordinated effort, and it “was quite a military operation.” So, who will we see in the tent this season? Rumor has it we’ll see a Jamaican radiographer, a Cornish sculptor, and a whole lot of other interesting talented amateur bakers!