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Essex location near Bishop's Stortford is new home of The Great British Bake Off with Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and new host Matt Lucas




The 11th series of TV's The Great British Bake Off is being filmed at a location near Bishop's Stortford.

The iconic Bake Off tent has been pictured in the grounds of an Essex property in aerial photographs published this week, amid speculation that the venue was switched from Welford Park in Berkshire to halve the commute for judge Paul Hollywood.

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood
The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood

The 54-year-old baker lives in a £1.45m farmhouse in Kent, around an hour's drive from the new location.

He is expected to resume his deliberations with chef Prue Leith, 80. She replaced veteran Mary Berry when the show left the BBC.

However, it is being predicted that the 12 contestants will be younger than usual as a Covid-19 safety precaution.

Fellow judge Prue Leith with Noel Fielding, who is co-presenting with Matt Lucas.
Fellow judge Prue Leith with Noel Fielding, who is co-presenting with Matt Lucas.

The presenters are The Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding, 47, and fellow funnyman, Little Britain's Matt Lucas. The 46-year-old replaces QI and Fifteen to One host and comedian Sandi Toksvig for the 10-episode run, which usually kicks off at the end of August.

There were fears that the coronavirus pandemic would prevent filming of the Love Productions money-spinner for Channel 4. A celebrity version of the show was screened in March.

It is now being reported that the first three episodes of Bake Off 2020 will be extended from 75 minutes to 90, accommodating an extra break for advertising between the baking challenges.



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