The Great British Bake Off series 11 has wrapped filming

There is an extreme lack of new television at the moment, due to production on many shows being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But Channel 4 is coming to save us all from more repeats. 

It has been confirmed that filming for The Great British Bake Off has wrapped, meaning we could be getting a new series sooner than we thought.

A tweet from the show’s official Twitter channel read: ‘Filming has wrapped on the new series of The Great British Bake Off. More news soon…’

Fans celebrated the update, with series 10 baker Michael Chakraverty writing: ‘Congratulations, you lovely lot.’

It is believed that the 11th series of Bake Off began filming in a secret location in July.

The show usually gets filmed on weekends to accommodate the bakers’ real lives and jobs, but it looks like the series has been filmed in record time to ensure it returns this year.

The new batch of bakers and crew were reportedly in an isolation bubble, with regular tests for Covid-19 being carried out, to ensure that filming ran safely.

However, despite handshakes being a relic of the past, Paul Hollywood will apparently still be allowed give out handshakes for exemplary bakes.

A source told The Sun: ‘In these strange times, producers want the 2020 series to be as close to normal as possible and they feel that it wouldn’t be the same without a Hollywood handshake. 

‘The judges and hosts — and the contestants — have all been deemed clear because of the bio-secure bubble and regular testing.’

The tent will see the return of judges Paul and Prue Leith, and host Noel Fielding, who will be joined by new host Matt Lucas, following the departure of Sandi Toskvig after three series on Channel 4. 

Last series, David Atherton was crowned Bake Off champion after a tense finale with Steph Blackwell and Alice Fevronia.

Series 10 began at the end of August, and concluded at the end of October.

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