Great British Bake Off’s first episode delayed for Boris Johnson’s coronavirus announcement tonight

Great British Bake Off’s first episode delayed for Boris Johnson’s coronavirus announcement tonight

September 22, 2020

GREAT British Bake Off fans are mad the return of their favourite show will come late as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes another live address to the nation.

The PM will make an announcement on new coronavirus restrictions tonight, Tuesday, September 22 in a televised speech at 8pm.

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But that is exactly the time the new season of GBBO is set to premiere on Channel 4.

The wholesome baking show will now start a little bit later at 8.05pm, but excited fans who were waiting for their favourite show to start are mad at the delay.

One Twitter user wrote: "Just when I thought I couldn't be more annoyed by #BorisJohnson, he decides to do a #CovidBriefing at the same time as the new series of #GBBO starts. FFS man the nation has its priorities!!! You work AROUND Bake Off."

And another added: "No Boris. You cannot schedule your address to the nation at 8pm: that is Bake Off. We need comforting cake baking TV action at this troubling time."

But most fans could not have their excitement waned for the show's return and expressed it on Twitter.

One fan said: "Can’t wait to watch #gbbo tonight, the sun is shining, I’m happy."

Another added: "It's back! The #GBBO is returning tonight! Who else is excited?"

Channel 4 has decided to delay the start of tonight's episode by five minutes to allow for the PM's address while BBC and ITV will delay programming until 8:30pm to allow full coverage.

Comedian Matt Lucas will join Noel Fielding in hosting the hit show as 12 new contestants attempt to impress Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith with their baking skills.

The upcoming series was filmed at Down Hall Hotel in Essex after five years of taking place at Welford Park in Berkshire.

All cast and crew members underwent regular COVID-19 tests following the coronavirus pandemic and were in somewhat of an isolation bubble.

GBBO producers revealed they had drawn up a list of safety rules "longer than the Bible" before filming started for the new socially-distanced series.

Bake Off is usually filmed over 12 weeks with the contestants travelling to and from the set, but this year it was completely different.Filming lasted six weeks but contestants had to quarantine for nine days with the 130 people involved with the show tested three times before filming.

Creative Director of Love Productions, Kieran Smith, told the Observer: "The whole point of the bubble [was] being able to be close to each other or pat people on the back, or it wouldn't be Bake Off."

Tonight's episode has one of the most 'controversial moments' in show's history and came as contestant Sura accidentally knocked her competitor's cake to the ground.

Understandably, Sura burst into tears while hosts Noel and Matt rushed over to help.

A TV source told the Mirror: “In terms of incident and controversy it is right up there with anything that has happened on the show before. Whilst it is clear what Sura did was not deliberate, the series could not start in much more dramatic fashion.”

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