Filming for Great British Bake Off will be taking place in a brand-new spanking location this year, due to Covid bubbles no longer being needed.
The Channel 4 show was one of the few that managed to continue going fairly normally, with the cast and crew sent off to Down Hall Hotel in Essex.
They were all required to stay within a Covid bubble, which meant staying in the location for the whole six weeks the show took place.
Contestants, crew and the judges were unable to go home at any point to visit their families while the process was ongoing.
Now, it’s been reported Love Productions, who is behind the winning format, is on the hunt for a new location to prop up the Bake Off tent.
An insider said: ’We won’t be filming in a bubble this year, but protocols will be in place to keep everyone safe.
‘All the team, particularly Prue [Leith], found it really tough not being able to go home each week.’
The source added to The Mirror: ‘They are delighted that this year it will go back to the way it was when they filmed at weekends and could leave during the week.’
The publication has reported that the hotel’s 98 rooms and 110 acres of parkland are available for bookings all summer, which suggests somewhere else will act as home to the series for 2022.
The first series of Bake Off started with the contestants travelling up and down the country each week before series two was filmed in Valentines Mansion in Redbridge, East London.
Production then moved to Harptree Court in Somerset for series three and four, until they set up at Welford Park in Berkshire, where the bakers took on the challenge until lockdown.
It’s possible the show could opt for a move back to its previous location in Berkshire, but it’s not yet known where in the country filming will take place.
Prior to last year’s programme, Noel Fielding, Matt Lucas, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood were said to have isolated in a luxury hotel in Hertfordshire.
Host Matt previously said of the 2021 series: ‘Like last year we’re going into a bubble.
‘All self-isolating and getting tested. And then we’re going into a Covid-free bubble, so we can all taste each other’s bakes and there can be handshakes and all sorts.’
The franchise was luckily able to keep up with its various specials, and Junior Bake Off series due to successfully filming in the Covid safe bubbles.
The Great British Bake Off returns later this year to Channel 4.