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.
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.
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!
TV has brought to life famous characters with unique personalities followed by phenomenal development over the years. We’ve compiled a list of TV characters who were popular and beloved when they were on the air. Their shows may be over, but they still reside in the hearts of millions.
Sabrina Duncan – Charlie’s Angels
Sabrina Duncan, the most feisty member of the original trio of Charlie’s Angels, is popular for her unique sense of humor and quick wit. Duncan showed us what “beauty with brains” truly means and remains one of the most loved TV characters to date.
Little Joe – Bonanza
Little Joe, nicknamed in comparison to his brothers with a larger build, was rather big in personality. He kept the show Bonanza alive for 14 seasons, making it the second longest-running show in western TV history. Little Joe was the youngest of three brothers – incredibly handsome and rashly romantic, living in the peak of his youth. He was particularly appealing to the general audience for being largely flawed, therefore a relatable character.
Barbara Cooper – One Day at a Time
One day at a Time was an American sitcom that aired in the mid-’70s presenting the story of a single mother raising her two teenage daughters. Barbara Cooper was the youngest and characterized as the good girl in the family, often serving as the neutralizer between her mother and sister in their constant conflicts. Her sarcastic language in fusion with a rule-follower personality is what makes her a memorable TV character even decades after the show’s over.
Fred Sanford – Sanford and Son
“I’m 65. People say I look 55. I feel 45. I’d settle for 35, and you make me feel 25.” – Fred Stanford, described in his own words. The character, portrayed by Redd Foxx, was a stubborn, bigoted yet hilarious old guy, constantly engaging in fights and witty exchanges with his son Lamont Stanford. He gave the audience a good laugh throughout the entire series and remains one of the most admirable TV characters.
Marcia – The Brady Bunch
Beautiful and mature Marcia won the hearts of thousands immediately after she appeared in The Brady Bunch, one of the most famous TV shows of its time. She was quite an overachiever and a popular figure in her school. Everything she did interested the kids around her, which we believe was the perfect depiction of her audience at home who was always in awe of Marcia’s character. She was bright, confident yet humbled an ideal role model for girls of her age.
Maxwell Smart – Get Smart
Get Smart, which aired in the mid-1960s, was a very popular comedy show particularly known for generating some famous catchphrases like “sorry about that chief” and “missed it by that much.” Maxwell Smart played by Don Adams was an absurdly clumsy government agent. He was also extremely resourceful, and, of course, smart. Audiences still remember him for his hilarious dialogues and comedic expressions, offering laughter and joy for five good seasons.
Sarah – Sister, Sister
Sister, Sister was a sitcom based on twins Tia and Tamera, and Sarah was their best friend. She had less trouble than anyone else in telling one sister from another. The character, portrayed by Brittany Murphy, appeared only in six episodes in the first two seasons of the show before the actress fell to an unfortunate demise. She was the leading role in a number of episodes – just a teenager navigating high school drama. To this day, her character still brings laughter in living rooms across the country.
The Skipper – Gilligan’s Island
The 1960s sitcom Gilligan’s Island presented itself with a number of memorable characters – Jonas Grumby, nicknamed as The Skipper being one of them. The character portrayed by Alan Hale Junior was made popular for his level-headedness and presence of mind even in times of crisis, although, at other times, he could be quite irrational and irritable. The skipper had the ability to switch between a contagious jolly nature to an irritable version rather quickly.
Julia Baker – Julia
Another popular sitcom from the ‘60s, Julia gathered the entire family in the living room for three good seasons. The lead character of the show was Julia Baker, portrayed by actress Diahann Carroll, who then became the first black woman to host her own TV show. The show tells the story of an African-American widow and single mother, who was juggling her family and profession as a nurse. Carroll was applauded by her audience for her phenomenal performance throughout the show.
Mr. Green Jeans – Captain Kangaroo
Children’s TV show Captain Kangaroo used to be an absolute delight to watch. Mr. Green Jeans was a leading role in the show and kept amusing a whole generation of kids of every American household for a solid 29 seasons. He used to cut a birthday cake at the beginning of every month to celebrate upcoming birthdays. With such acts of kindness, Mr. Green Jeans made his place in our hearts and is loved even decades after the show premiered.
Sammy Jo Carrington – Dynasty
Sammy Jo Carrington is the leading character of the TV show Dynasty. He was raised by his mother and aunt, having never met his biological father. His character was a laid back one. Free-spirited Sammy Jo liked to navigate life on his own terms. However, as time passed, Sammy learned to take responsibility for his actions. He sincerely cared for his family and would go to any length for them, and this is what made his character so largely appealing to the audience.
Michael “Grandpa” Woo – The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Children’s mystery novel, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons featuring a loving grandpa, Michael Woo. He is a retired detective and now the legal guardian of his granddaughter, the teenage protagonist of the show who solves mysteries with her friends. However, Michael isn’t thrilled by the idea of her running around on her little quests; he worries that she might get hurt. Grandpa Woo was a beloved character while on air, and the mention of his name makes all ‘90s kids nostalgic.
Sharla – Kenan & Kel
Sharla Morrison, a recurring character in Kenan and Kel, was portrayed by the gorgeous actress Alexis Fields. She appeared at the beginning of the third season as a new employee to help out Kenan. Sharla was adored for her witty and hardworking personality. She would always criticize and mock Kenan, eventually ending up being a love interest. It is highly likely that a good number of the audience fancied her as well.
Stoney – Stoney Burke
Stoney Burke, the protagonist of his show of the same name, was played by the American heartthrob Jack Lord. It was arguably his best performance and remains an iconic character in TV history. Stoney owned the majority of screen time of this 32-episode show, captivating the audience with a bold attitude in his cowboy outfit. Despite the love of his viewers, Stoney Burke could not continue for more than a season, and people believe the reason to be that the show was far ahead of its time.
Lucy Ewing – Dallas
Featured in the popular TV drama Dallas, Lucy Ewing remains a timeless character played by the beautiful Charlese Tilton. The character appeared in the very first episode as a troublemaking teenager who would skip school to spend time with her friends. As the show progressed, her character developed beautifully, drawing more and more fans towards Lucy. She leaves at the end of the eighth season breaking the hearts of thousands, only to return later for the final two episodes of the show.
Willis Jackson – Diff’rent Strokes
Todd Anthony Bridges played the wonderful character of Willis Jackson in the ‘70s American sitcom Diff’rent Strokes when he was only a child. The show follows the story of two African American brothers, Willis and Arnold. Willis was an older brother and was portrayed to be quite a rebellious yet responsible character. Among other things, he was famous for his catchphrase “Say what?.” The beautiful portrayal of the character is cherished even today.
Seven of Nine – Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager is arguably one of the most viewed shows in western TV history. The show introduces Seven of Nine, a former Borg drone who had joined the Voyager crew. The character was played by Jeri Ryan, who pulled off an incredible performance, even in that uncomfortably tight corset, and became one of the most beloved Star Trek characters. Good news for her fans, the character reprised her role for the new Trek show Picard.
Herman Munster – The Munsters
There are very few people who have not heard of Herman Munster or at least seen him in random posters on the internet. The character originated as an adorable monster in the show The Munsters. Herman was built in Germany by Frankenstein and was the head of the Munster family. However, don’t let his gigantic build fool you; Herman is a child at heart. He has enormous strength that keeps him out of trouble, and trouble he gets into very often!
Elizabeth Walton – The Waltons
The youngest daughter of The Waltons family, Elizabeth Walton is very outspoken and talented and had a knack for reading and writing. Elizabeth used to engage in practical jokes frequently to entertain her audience. She often babysits her nephew and deeply cared for her parents and grandparents. Kami Cotler was only six when she got the role of Elizabeth. Later, we delightfully watched her character grow from a child to a young woman, in a span of nine extensive seasons.
Mike Stone – The Streets of San Francisco
The crime drama show The Streets of San Francisco offered a handful of amazing characters, detective Lieutenant Mike Stone being one of them. He was a well-seasoned officer with intense investigative nature, always managing to get the truth out of his suspects. He was a widow for five years with not much family left and ample time on hand, most of which he spent pursuing felons. Mike Stone’s character was deeply loved for his intense yet soft personality.
Morticia Addams – The Addams Family
The Addam’s Family is a timeless black comedy featuring the story of an American household, led by Gomez and Morticia Addams, and their misadventures. Morticia, portrayed by Carolyn Jones, appeared as the mother of three children and a carnivorous plant, to whom she fed meat and hamburgers. It was soon evident that she was the real head of the family and knew how to get things done around the home. She was creepily delightful and captivated the audience with her incisive and subtle personality and long, thick black hair.
Commander Straker – UFO
Commander Straker was the main character in the British TV show UFO. Not much is known about the past of the secretive character, but we know that he came from the USA after completing a long tour across Europe and Asia to take up major responsibilities in SHADO as the supreme commander. We are excited to have been able to pay a tribute to this once loved TV character. After all, his brilliant performance deserves recognition for decades on end.
Stacey Carosi – Saved by the Bell
Stacey Carosi, when she first shows up in the show, appears as a daddy’s girl on a summer vacation. She appeared only in six episodes, but her character remained in the hearts of viewers for much longer than that. During the summer, she develops a love interest for Zack, and we saw the audience root for the couple until the final episode and beyond. Her tough-girl personality constantly backed by sarcastic comments is what won her the hearts of viewers around the world.
Keith Partridge – The Partridge Family
In this musical sitcom revolving around The Partridge family, Keith Partridge was the oldest son and the lead singer in the family singing group, mesmerizing the audience with his incredible vocals coupled with gorgeous looks. Needless to say, his character was extremely talented and was later offered a big role in a Hollywood movie. He was the ‘70s heartthrob and remains an iconic character owing to the incredible delivery from actor David Cassidy.
Jeannie – I Dream of Jeannie
An American fantasy sitcom I Dream of Jeannie tells the story of a cute 2000-year-old genie Jeannie, which was starred by actress Barbara Eden. She was discovered by an American astronaut, who later went on to become her husband in the show. Pretty bizarre, right? Jeannie’s character, however, was adored by the thousands of viewers of the show, and, to this day, she remains one of TV’s most loved characters.
Gunther – Friends
Friends followed the story of six friends hanging out at a coffee shop and entertaining people with their conversations. However, there was another major character who remained rather underrated throughout the show – Gunther, manager of the coffee shop. His character was defined by catchy hair colors and his unrequited love for Rachel, to whom he was too cowardly to confess his love. Gunther, after the six friends, was the one having the most consistent appearances during its ten years of runtime, with a separate fan base of his own.
Batgirl – Batman
Batgirl, the daughter of Gotham’s police commissioner would go on to become Batman’s partner in the TV Show. While the character has several adaptations in TV shows, movies, and cartoon shows, this particular portrayal by Yvonne Craig won the hearts of millions of audience during the show’s runtime. The main reason was her relentless effort to present the character just as fans would picture her from the comic books, and she had evidently done a wonderful job.
Lieutenant Columbo – Columbo
Lieutenant Columbo was the main character of detective TV show Columbo, and like all famous detectives, he had excellent observation skills and a captivating personality. Nothing missed the eyes of the Lieutenant. He would appear in every episode for ten seasons, with a persistent investigative attitude to solve homicide cases, robbery, and whatnot, while his viewers at home sat at the edge of their seats as Columbo unfolded mystery after mystery.
Judy – Family Matters
Judy was a cheeky 9-year-old and the main reason why many people sat down to watch Family Matters on TV every week. As the show progressed, we saw her grow up to be a smart person with an excellent judgment of people’s character. However, to the utter surprise of the viewers, Judy’s character suddenly disappeared from the show in its fourth season, without any explanation whatsoever. She was so loved that the disappearance of her character had become a defining moment for the show.
Screech – Saved by the Bell
Saved by the Bell, which aired in the late ‘80s through the early ‘90s, tells the story of a group of high school students – Screech being one of them. He was one of the two characters who made regular appearances on the show. Screech was portrayed as an academic achiever on the show with rather weak social and practical knowledge. This is precisely what made Screech a particularly funny character who had a wide fan base.
Laurie Partridge – The Partridge Family
The Partridge Family follows the story of a widow named Partridge and her five children. The family had formed their very own singing group, and Laurie was a proud member of it. Her character was played by the lovely actress Susan Dey, who, despite not having any prior acting experience, captivated her audience as soon as the show went on air and remained the main attraction for as long as it ran.
Dylan McKay – Beverly Hills 90210
Dylan McKay, portrayed by Luke Perry was one of the main characters in Beverly Hills 90210. His unique personality brought a versatile touch to the show. Dylan was quite a loner and was mostly brooding, often on the verge of depression. He appeared to be rather hardcore, or as he puts it, “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” However, underneath it all, Dylan was quite sweet, and all Beverly Hills viewers loved him.
Samantha Stephens – Bewitched
Samantha Stephens is what most of us aspire to be – sweet and sensible, navigating life with much patience and optimism. Throughout the runtime, she was seen to enjoy the company of her mother who would constantly throw jabs at the mortal life. Samantha taught her audience to treat everyone with respect, whether they are witches, warlocks, or the general public. The character was played by Elizabeth Montgomery, who was so mesmerizing in her portrayal that the show immediately became a huge success.
Dr. Doug Ross – E.R.
Dr. Doug Ross, portrayed by the famous George Clooney, was not only a treat to our eyes but also remains an inspiration for people who want to pursue medical science. Dr. Doug Ross always prioritized the welfare of his patients, so much so that he even put them above his career. The character was so well received by the audience that George Clooney credits this show for giving him a kick start in his showbiz career.
Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie
A person of strong principles, Laura Ingalls Wilder is a timeless character from the famous American drama series Little House on the Prairie. The show was adapted from a children’s novel series of the same name, so it goes without saying that every episode had a message. It aired for nine seasons, where Laura taught her audience to know right from wrong and how to always stick to your goals.
Phyllis Lindstrom – The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Phyllis Lindstrom appeared as a self-absorbed, snobbish character who loved to remind her friends that she was married, and they were still single. She was arguably the least likable character in the show, and the writers had no plan of turning her into a leading role. However, as soon as the show aired, Phyllis received huge applause from the audience for adding a quirky sense of humor to the show.
Cinnamon Carter – Mission: Impossible
Fashion icon Cinnamon Carter was an infamous member of the Impossible Mission Force, skilled in unarming men much larger than herself. Her role, as she puts it, was to “do what comes naturally.” This relaxed approach to excellence made her character so compelling. She appeared in the show only for three seasons, but her impact lasted way longer than that. People still shower admiration at the mention of her name, even after all these years.
Catwoman – Batman
Catwoman, adapted from DC Comics, was portrayed in the TV show Batman by Julie Newman. She was a love interest of superhero Batman, possessing exclusive superpowers herself. This agile professional burglar, in her skintight bodysuit, often crossed the fine line between being a villain and an anti-heroine, admired by the audience nevertheless. Although Catwoman was adapted in many versions since then, Julie’s character remains one of the most loved Catwomen in TV history.
Natalie Green – The Facts of Life
Natalie Green portrayed by Mindy Cohn kept the audience in giggles throughout the show. A girl with a large figure who holds a healthy self-image, Natalie was a character we could all look up to. She was a motivated individual and used to write stories that involved the people in her life. For nine years, Natalie Green captivated her audience with clever remarks and a unique sense of humor, and to date, she remains one of the most iconic characters in TV history.
Uhura – Star Trek
Uhura was the first of her kind in TV history: an African-American woman in a position of power. She was a lieutenant and bridge officer in a spaceship. Not only that, but she also filled multiple positions throughout the show and excelled in all of them. The character was also a master of soft powers, developing strong friendships with her crew members. Uhura soon became a role model for girls around the world.