Season four of everyone's favorite cooking show, The Great British Baking Show, airs on PBS tonight. This season is the most recent season aired on the BBC, where it's known as The Great British Bake Off. The show will air Friday nights at 9 p.m. (Check your local listings to confirm.)
This season promises to be extra special for a few reasons. This the last season where hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc will be present. They will be replaced by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig starting in season 5. Everyone's favorite judge, Mary Berry, will also be leaving at the end of this season and will be replaced by Prue Leith. Paul Hollywood will remain on the show for the foreseeable future.
A huge reason for these shakeups is in part due to the fact that going forward the show will be hosted on Channel 4 instead of BBC. According to the Guardian, BBC was unable to meet the financial asks of Love Productions, the production company that makes the show. Channel 4 was able to secure a three-year deal in further negotiations.
But enough of the sad stuff — let's talk about what season four has in store for viewers. All your favorite hosts and judges are still here to walk you through the various challenges the bakers face. This season there are 12 new bakers who will be put through the ringer. According to PBS, there will be 30 total challenges, including things like chocolate sculptures, high-end pastries, and everyday baking staples.
The 12 bakers come from a range of backgrounds. There's Andrew Smyth, for example, who is an aerospace engineer for Rolls-Royce where he designs jet engines. There's also Val Stones who has been "at the helm of the kitchen" for over 60 years. And then there's Selasi Gbormittah, a banker who rides a motorcycle and who happens to have a serious passion for baking. You can see the rest of the bios for the contestants on PBS as well as video intros for each of them.
Do you have a favorite contestant already? Who do you think is going to win? Let us know in the comments (no cheating!).