Well, tonight's the night. Tonight's the night that one of the greatest televisual events of the year returns to our screens. No, we're not talking about the much anticipated clash of Maccabi Tel-Aviv and RB Salzburg that RTE 2 have decided to show. I am of course talking about the fact that, at 8pm tonight on Channel 4, the Great British Bake Off returns to our screens.
That's right, tonight we will, as a society, gather round our respective television screens/laptops/tablets/phones/watches, and begin our journey with this year's Great British Bake Off. For one hour and thirty minutes this evening we will give ourselves over to watching 12 people enter into the closest thing the 21st century has to the blood-thirsty, competitive furnace of Rome's Colisseum - a gazebo in rural England. For the following 10 weeks we will allow ourselves to be enraptured by dough, yeast, creams and all manner of icings. We will be become experts on the consistently of a good ganache, and decry how the charming old baker they always let in the tent never gives herself enough time to finish the Showstopper. All else will fall into insignificance, as we become slaves to Bake Off.
A few things have changed this year. For a start, we exist in a Covid world now, which means the bakers, presenters, and film crew were not only locked in a tent every weekend all summer, but the were also trapped in a bubble for the entire span of the show. It will be interesting to see how being kept away from family and friends for ten weeks affects the already somewhat unstable emotions we seem to always witness on Bake Off.
There's also a change in the presentation of the show this year, with Little Britain's Matt Lucas replacing the lovable Sandi Toksvig. Noel Fielding thankfully remains as the second presenter, while Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith remain as judges.
In anticipation of the big moment, we've created a quiz to test your knowledge of televisions greatest competitive baking show - if you dare point out that this isn't exactly the most hotly contested genre, then I would like you to follow in the footsteps of those 'Rose of Tralee' chancers from earlier, and shoot your chuff on out of this article. See how you fare below!
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