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Great British Bake Off 'to return to pre-COVID format'

Great British Bake Off 'to return to pre-COVID format'
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The new series of The Great British Bake Off will reportedly be filmed without coronavirus protocols this summer.

The new series of The Great British Bake Off will reportedly be filmed without coronavirus restrictions in place for the first time in three years.

The cookery competition was filmed in a 'bubble' environment in 2020 and 2021, with all of the contestants, judges, hosts and crew required to live together at Down Hall Hotel in Essex for the duration of the shoot.

Prior to coronavirus, the series was filmed over 10 to 12 consecutive weekends, with contestants returning home during the week - and according to The Mirror, that production schedule will be reinstated this year now that the worse of the pandemic appears to be in the past.

"All the team, particularly Prue [Leith], found it really tough not being able to go home each week," a source told the newspaper.

"They are delighted that this year it will go back to the way it was, when they filmed at weekends and could leave during the week."

The new series is expected to be filmed over the next few months for broadcast on Channel 4 from late August or early September.

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