How the Great British Baking Show Is Different in Season 8

How the Great British Baking Show Is Different in Season 8
From TIME - August 25, 2017

Season 8 of The Great British Baking Show premieres in the U.K. this fall. But after the program's controversial move from the BBC to Channel 4, which led to the loss of long-time judge Mary Berry and hilarious hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, does the Baking Show still contain the right ingredients?

Here's a look at what's stayed the same and what's changed in the latest series of the amateur baking program, which has gained a cult following around the world.

What's the same?

The format

The Great British Baking Show, known in the U.K. as The Great British Bake Off, follows to a tee the well-trodden format that has made it so popular with its viewers over the years.

Naturally, the first episode of season eight is Cake Week. As always, the first episode begins with a signature challenge (making a family-sized fruity cake), a technical challenge (the details of which are embargoed) and a showstopper challenge (baking an 'illusion cake'a cake designed to trick the eye).

The white tent

Yes, the iconic white tent that has become synonymous with the kitsch baking show is back in business.

"When I saw the tent, my heart rate went through the roof. It's like my wedding day all over again. Except my wife's not here," squeals one contestant less than a minute into the episode. "I am going to be baking in THE tent. It's got so much history," adds another.

Paul Hollywood

Steely-eyed British baker Paul Hollywood is the only famous face to have stuck with the Baking Show following its move to Channel 4. (Former hosts Giedroyc and Perkins released a pun-filled statement saying they were "not going with the dough" shortly after news broke of the show moving from the BBC.)

And yeshe's still giving out Hollywood handshakes.

What's different?


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