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The Great British Bake Off (series 8)

The eighth series of The Great British Bake Off began on 29 August 2017,[2] with this being the first of The Great British Bake Off to be broadcast on Channel 4, after the production company Love Productions moved the show.[3] It is the first series for new hosts Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, and new judge Prue Leith.[4]

The Great British Bake Off Series 8
Presented by Noel Fielding
Sandi Toksvig
Judges Paul Hollywood
Prue Leith
Country of origin United Kingdom
Production
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Location(s) Welford Park[1]
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Release
Original network Channel 4
Original release 29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Series 7

Contents

BakersEdit

Baker [5][6] Age Occupation Hometown Links
Chris Geiger 50 Software developer Bristol [7]
Flo Atkins 71 Retired Merseyside [8]
James Hillery 46 Banker Brentwood, Essex [9]
Julia Chernogorova 21 Aviation Broker Horsham, West Sussex [10]
Kate Lyon 29 Health and safety inspector Merseyside [11]
Liam Charles 19 Student North London [12]
Peter Abatan 52 IT programme manager Southend, Essex [13]
Sophie Faldo 33 Former army officer and trainee stuntwoman West Molesey, Surrey [14]
Stacey Hart 42 Former school teacher Radlett, Hertfordshire [15]
Steven Carter-Bailey 34 Marketer Watford, Hertfordshire [16]
Tom Hetherington 29 Architect Edinburgh [17]
Chuen-Yan "Yan" 46 Laboratory research scientist North London [18]

Results summaryEdit

Elimination chart
Baker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
James
Julia SB
Kate SB
Liam
Sophie
Stacey
Steven SB
Yan
Tom OUT
Flo OUT
Chris OUT
Peter OUT

Colour key:

     Baker was one of the judges' least favourite bakers that week, but was not eliminated.
     Baker was one of the judges' favourite bakers that week, but was not the Star Baker.
     Baker got through to the next round.
     Baker was eliminated.
     Baker was the Star Baker.
     Baker was a series runner-up.
     Baker was the series winner.

EpisodesEdit

     Baker eliminated
     Star Baker
     Winner

Episode 1: CakeEdit

For the first challenge, the bakers were instructed to make a fruity cake using fresh fruit, with no dried fruit permitted. For the technical challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 12 chocolate mini rolls using Prue's recipe, which contains peppermint cream. The showstopper challenge required the bakers to make an illusion cake: a cake that appears to be some other object.

Baker Signature
(Fruity cake)
Technical
(12 Chocolate mini rolls)
Showstopper
(Illusion cake)
Chris Tropical Fresh Fruit Cake 12th 'Raised Pork Pie and Egg Surprise' Cake
Flo Citrus Layer Cake 9th 'One in a Melon' Cake
James Orange, Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble Cake 2nd 'Mock-accino and Croissant' Cake
Julia Courgette Lemon Cake 3rd 'Russian Doll' Cake
Kate Moroccan Strawberry and Rose Cake 1st 'Chocolate Terrarium' Cake
Liam Apple and Almond Crumble Maple Loaf 8th 'Stackin' Sunday' Cake
Peter Coconut Cake 10th 'Bread on a Breadboard' Cake
Sophie Pineapple and Coconut Sandwich Cake 5th 'Champagne Bottle and Bucket' Cake
Stacey Granny Smith Apple and Walnut Cake 11th 'Black Evening Clutch Bag' Cake
Steven Bonfire Night Cake 6th 'A Baker's Lunch' Cake
Tom Gilded Pear and Cardamom Cake 7th 'Stack of Books' Cake
Yan Windfall Apple Crumble Cake 4th 'Banana-ramen' Cake

Episode 2: BiscuitsEdit

For the signature Challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 24 sandwich biscuits. For the technical challenge, the bakers faced a very difficult challenge of making fortune cookies of two types of flavours - one is almond and one is orange. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a biscuit board game that should be at least 40cm long in diameter and has at least 8 elements.[19]

Baker Signature
(24 Sandwich Biscuits)
Technical
(12 Fortune Cookies)
Showstopper
(Biscuit Board Games)
Chris Chocolate Chia Seed Biscuits with Whisky Caramel Filling 11th 'The Great British Sail Off' Game
Flo Gin Jam Butties 10th 'Pick My Bones' Game
James Rhubarb and Custard Whirls 3rd 'Coppit' Game
Julia Middle Eastern Delight Sandwich Biscuits 4th 'A British Baking' Game
Kate Coconut Seashells for a Titanic Afternoon Tea 8th 'Jungle' Game
Liam Coffee Malted Pecan Shorties 7th 'Classroom Classics' Game
Sophie Lemon Limoncino Sandwich Biscuits 2nd 'Snakes and Ladders' Game
Stacey Sparkly Chocolate and Marshmallow Fluff Cookies 9th 'Get to School' Game
Steven Amarpressi Biscuits 6th 'Check Bake' Game
Tom Coffee and Amaretto Kisses 5th 'Drain Pipes and Ladders' Game
Yan 'Mrs. Marian's ' PB 'n' B' Biscuits 1st 'Adventures in Bakeland' Game

Episode 3: BreadEdit

For the signature Challenge, the bakers were instructed to make 12 teacakes in 2 hours and 45 minutes. For the technical challenge, the bakers were tasked to make a cottage loaf. For the showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a multi-coloured bread sculpture with at least 3 colours using natural food colouring in 4½ hours.

Baker Signature
(12 Teacakes)
Technical
(Cottage Loaf)
Showstopper
(Multi-coloured bread sculpture)
Flo Cinnamon and Orange Teacakes 7th 'Davy Jones' Locker' Bread Sculpture
James Nordic Teacakes 9th 'Owl in the Woods' Bread Sculpture
Julia Earl Grey Dried Fruit Teacakes 2nd 'The Snail Under a Mushroom' Bread Sculpture
Kate Blueberry Buns 10th 'Kraken' Bread Sculpture
Liam Jamaican Spiced Teacakes 5th 'Kneadapolitan' Bread Sculpture
Sophie Tagine Teacakes 6th 'Picnic Basket' Bread Sculpture
Stacey Cranberry and Cinnamon Teacakes 1st 'Ascot Hat' Bread Sculpture
Steven Madras Cocktail Teacakes 3rd 'The Bag I Knead' Bread Sculpture
Tom Orange and Cranberry Teacakes 4th 'Pink & Yellow Rose Centrepiece' Bread Sculpture
Yan 'Mrs's P's' Masala Chai Spiced Teacakes 8th 'Basil the Vegetarian Dragon with his Pumpkin Hoard' Bread Sculpture

Episode 4: CaramelEdit

For the signature challenge, the bakers were required to produce 18 identical millionaire shortbread. The technical challenge was set by Prue where the bakers were tasked to make stroopwafels. Only one test waffle was allowed, and the challenge proved to be a very difficult one for the bakers with none of them producing an adequate caramel. For the final showstopper challenge, the bakers were required to make a caramel cake consisting of at least three layers of sponge. They were required to incorporate spun sugar into their decorations.

Baker Signature
(18 Millionaire shortbread)
Technical
(12 Stroopwafel)
Showstopper
(Caramel cake)
James 'Windy City' Millionaire Shortbreads 2nd Nutty Caramel Cake
Julia Pecan Salted Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 9th Poppy Seed Caramel Cake
Kate Salted Bay Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 6th Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake
Liam Salted Peanut Butter Millionaire Shortbreads 3rd White Layered Ginger Caramel Cake
Sophie Jaffa Millionaire Shortbreads 4th Bird's Nest Caramel Cake
Stacey Rum Salted Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 1st Chocolate and Coffee Caramel Cake
Steven Orange Macadamia Nut Millionaire Shortbreads 7th Caramel Crown Cake
Tom Stem Ginger Caramel Millionaire Shortbreads 5th Hummingbird Cake
Yan 'Lil' Red's Ginger and Nuts' Millionaire Shortbreads 8th Animals of the Rainforest Caramel Cake


RatingsEdit

The first episode to be broadcast on Channel 4 received an overnight viewing figure of 6.5 million, which is the channel's highest viewing figure since the 2012 Paralympics, but down from the 10 million obtained in the previous series on BBC1.[20]

Official episode viewing figures are from BARB. Figures are total counts including HD and Channel 4 +1.[21]

Episode
no.
Airdate 7 day viewers
(millions)
28 day viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly ranking
Weekly ranking
all channels[22]
1 29 August 2017 (2017-08-29) 9.46 TBC 1 1
2 5 September 2017 (2017-09-05) 9.23 TBC 1 2
3 12 September 2017 (2017-09-12) TBC TBC TBC TBC
4 19 September 2017 (2017-09-19) TBC TBC TBC TBC
5 26 September 2017 (2017-09-26) TBC TBC TBC TBC
6 3 October 2017 (2017-10-03) TBC TBC TBC TBC
7 10 October 2017 (2017-10-10) TBC TBC TBC TBC
8 17 October 2017 (2017-10-17) TBC TBC TBC TBC
9 24 October 2017 (2017-10-24) TBC TBC TBC TBC
10 31 October 2017 (2017-10-31) TBC TBC TBC TBC

ReferencesEdit

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  22. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 1 September 2017.