Bake Off stars ‘trapped’ like prisoners in luxury hotel due to strict Covid rules on set
The Great British Bake Off actors were said to have been “trapped” like prisoners while working and secluding themselves in a luxury hotel.
Channel 4 bosses have made the decision to tighten security at the Hertfordshire site amid growing concerns over the Delta coronavirus variant.
Despite the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, the producers of Channel 4 are taking no chances and made sure all stars get tested as they form a social bubble.
As filming for the next series begins at Down Hall Hotel, the show’s producers have doubled down on their security staff in an effort to maintain a safe ‘biosphere’ for Covid that could be easily contaminated by someone from the outside. .
Bake Off presenters Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are currently filming on set, along with judges Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Bake Off bosses “taking no chances” as they consider a summer air date.
Lifting the veil on strict precautions, a TV insider said The sun : “The last thing the producers want is anything that could risk stopping or canceling the shoot altogether.
“So they take no chances when it comes to protecting the spectacle, even setting up all the tents, huts and other temporary structures to help create an almost impossible perimeter to pass.
“If a key were thrown in the work, it would be especially maddening for Channel 4 because Bake Off is their most watched show. And in addition to filming the main show at Down Hall, they also do the Christmas special, the specials. Celebrity and Junior Bake Off in one bundle.
“So there is a lot at stake, and the message is: Please stay away or face rejection.”
Bake Off bosses are hopeful that the 12th series of the hit family show will air later this summer.
This isn’t the first time the cast of GBBO has visited the 98-room luxury hotel and spa, which also served as the venue for last year’s show.
The posh hotel grounds are also where the tents are erected to shelter GBBO competitors during the baking challenges.
It comes nearly a year after Channel 4 had an impressive season amid a pandemic, which saw Peter Sawkins become the youngest winner ever.
A Channel 4 representative has been approached by The Mirror for further comment.
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