Bakers attempt three challenges each week trying to impress the judges enough to go through to the next round and eventually are crowned Britain's best amateur baker.
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Series cast summary:
Paul Hollywood ...  Self - Judge / ... 120 episodes, 2010-2021
Mary Berry ...  Self - Judge / ... 73 episodes, 2010-2016
Mel Giedroyc ...  Self - Presenter 66 episodes, 2010-2016
Sue Perkins ...  Self - Presenter 65 episodes, 2010-2016


A group of British home bakers are convened for a baking competition. There is a theme to each week's competition, generally in the vein of the type of goods the competitors are to bake (i.e. cakes, cookies, pastry, etc.). Each week, they are given a set amount of time to complete each of three challenges, their finished products which are evaluated by expert judges. The first weekly challenge is the signature bake, the competitors to bake something from their home recipes which are to signify who they are as bakers within the category. The second weekly challenge is the technical challenge, where each of the competitors are provided the same recipe, in large part of something they may have never heard of let alone baked before in their lives. This challenge is to see how knowledgeable the competitors are about general baking concepts. Their finished products are evaluated blind in that the judges have no idea who baked what. The third weekly challenge is the showstopper challenge, in... Written by Huggo

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In 2017, Mary Berry was replaced by Prue Leith as one of the two judges. See more »


[recurring lines to start each challenge]
Mel Giedroyc, PresenterSue Perkins, Presenter: On Your Marks
Mel Giedroyc, PresenterSue Perkins, Presenter: Get Set
Mel Giedroyc, PresenterSue Perkins, Presenter: Bake!
[Sue often says "Bake!" with a silly intonation]
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Referenced in The Big Fat Quiz of the Year (2011) See more »

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Regular people
29 September 2019 | by jeanmkulskiSee all my reviews

American here, a wonderful calm show. Comparing the show to the different American versions this is so much better. The contestants are just regular people and don't look like a casting director walked into a modeling agency asking 'who likes to bake.' There's no schtick with the contestants personalities, they are who they are and production doesn't force some ridiculous image on them to carry through a season. The judges aren't yelling at anyone but giving helpful advice. I LOVE the Technical Challenge where they get scant information and figure it out. I don't think the show needs a host much less TWO hosts who don't add anything and they aren't funny at all. No offense, they're just not needed. All in all a great show, so pleasant and the natural friendliness isn't forced.

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Release Date:

27 December 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Great British Baking Show See more »

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