Excited about the Great British Bake Off 2018 already? The next series of the hit show might still be a good few months away, but some exciting details have already been confirmed…
After much speculation and fear from fans that it wouldn’t be quite the same, this year’s Bake Off – the first edition after it left the BBC – was considered to be a success.
Figures show that the final was watched live by 7.3 million people and although it was not quite the 14 million that tuned in to BBC One last year to see Candice win, it’s the most watched show in Channel 4’s history since the Paralympics Opening Ceremony in 2012.
But what can we expect from Bake Off 2018? Here’s what you need to know…
Bake Off 2018: Who will be the judges and presenters?
If you liked this year’s Bake Off, then you’re in for a treat as the whole crew has confirmed they will all be returning to the tent next year.
The news was confirmed by judge Prue Leith, who shared the announcement with fans on Twitter, writing: ‘Thrilled to say Paul, Noel Sandi & I will all be back! Do you want to join us?’
Bake Off 2018 will be Prue’s second go at being a judge, after she got the gig following Mary Berry’s departure from the role.
It will also be Noel and Sandi’s second Bake Off as presenters, after they replaced veterans Mel and Sue.
Paul Hollywood will too be returning for the ninth series of Bake Off, being the only member who’s been there since the show premiered in 2010.
The whole Bake Off crew will be coming back to the tent next year
Bake Off 2018: How can you apply?
Applications are now open for Bake Off 2018, so all amateur bakers who think they might have a shot in the tent should come forward now.
If you fancy being the next Sophie, you have until January to apply
The first step of the application process is to make sure you’re eligible to be part of the baking competition. The criteria usually includes being over 16, having no formal food qualifications and – obviously – not being a professional baker.
If you tick all the boxes, then the next step is to supply pictures of your best treats, and answer a series of questions about your experience and ability.
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Applications close Sunday 7th January 2018, so make sure you’re quick!
Bake Off 2018: When is the start date?
It’s still too early to tell exactly when Bake Off 2018 will come to our screens, but if Channel 4 sticks with tradition, it’s likely to premiere sometime in the last week of August. Can it be summer already?
Are you happy the Bake Off gang will be returning next year? Let us know in the comments!