The Great British Bake Off has become one of our most beloved TV shows in its decade on air – having wowed us with cake creations and charmed us with its contestants since it made its debut on BBC Two in 2010.
And despite Covid presenting a challenge to filming in recent years, the action in the tent goes on – with the 2020 series filmed under Covid-secure conditions, and the judges and presenters isolating ahead of the 2021 series.
But while certain aspects of the production might have been a little different to usual over the past couple of years, one thing about the series hasn’t changed – the fact that even though each episode is filmed over two days, everybody wears the same clothes for the duration of each episode.
Just why don’t they change? Here’s what you need to know…
Why do the contestants on Bake Off wear the same clothes for the whole of each episode?
So you’d think, given that each episode is set across two days, that the contestants might want to change their clothes for day two – after all, we can imagine that even an apron might not fully protect their choice of outfit from getting floury, grubby or a little bit sweaty (given the show was filmed in the summer and it can get a little balmy in there).
However, that’s not the case, with the bakers having to wear the same outfit for the whole of the filming period (although obviously they change it every week) – and the reason is simple – it’s entirely for continuity purposes.
Former Bake Off finalist Kim-Joy Hewlett told the Express: “I know that we have to wear the same outfits but I don’t know the actual reason why – but I’ve heard lots of different reasons.
‘It’s nice for continuity to have everyone in the same thing.’
It can present quite the challenge though, as Selasi Gbormittah explained in a post for Metro.co.uk last year.
‘I was very worried about a sweaty day in the tent so would spend the evening after the first day of filming hand washing my tops in my hotel room sink with a bar of hotel soap and then dry them on the radiator overnight ready for the next day’s filming,’ he said.
‘I was a savvy banker and didn’t splash out on two of the same item of clothing.’
It isn’t all bad news though, as there is at least one item of clothing which does get changed on day two of filming, as 2013 winner Frances Quinn has explained.
‘Luckily they change the aprons so we don’t look like a Jackson Pollock painting by the end of it,’ she told Cosmopolitan.
So now you know…
The Great British Bake Off continues on Channel 4 on Tuesday night at 8pm.
Credit: Original article published here.