Everything you need to know about the new season of Bake Off

It’s our favourite time of year: settle into your sofas, because The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens on Tuesday.

After the success of last season, following the scandalous move to Channel 4, we can’t wait to see what this season has in store.

It promises to be full of handshakes and soggy bottom’s, but hopefully no baked Alaska sabotages (we’re looking at you Diana…). Here are a few teasers to keep you going until Tuesday.

Contestants

This year’s contestants have been revealed, with the youngest being 26-year-old, Mahon, and baking veteran 60-year-old Karen. Occupations range from bankers and research scientists to techno DJs. We just hope that blood courier, Jon, doesn’t get mixed up with the day job…

Selfie showstopper

There have been some absolutely astonishing showstoppers over the years – remember Nancy’s Moulin Rouge-inspired windmill from season five or Paul’s bread-tribute to Cecil the lion from season six? This year’s first showstopper is rumoured to be a ‘biscuit selfie’, with contestants being asked to create a selfie in a meaningful place, made entirely out of different kinds of biscuits.

Prue’s protected password

The Bake Off PR team have seized control of Prue Leith’s twitter account for the duration of the show, after last year’s mishap when she accidentally tweeted her congrats to winner Sophie Faldo, hours before the show aired.

The judge was on holiday in Bhutan on the day of the finale, and was thrown off by the time difference. The tweet was quickly deleted, but this didn’t stop the internet descending into a crisis. It is probably for the best that Prue won’t have access to her account; we can’t take another spoiler.

New weeks

Two new weeks have been added this year: Danish week, and the highly controversial vegan week. The addition of Danish week promises pastries and jam, and is a nice homage to presenter Sandi Toksvig, who is half Danish, and was born in Copenhagen. Vegan week guarantees to challenge the bakers, forcing them to find alternative recipes for classic dishes. We think they’ll do an egg-cellent job…

The Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4, Tuesday 28 August.

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