Great British Bake Off episode 4 2020 – Chocolate Week: The competition starts to heat up during Chocolate Week, as Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood set three tricky challenges to test the remaining bakers. There’s a deceptively simple traybake in the Signature, a Technical packed full of chocolate and nuts, and a celebration Showstopper that pushes the bakers’ skills with white chocolate to the limit.
Who will impress Prue and Paul enough to keep their place in the tent, and who will be heading home? Presented by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding.
Great British Bake Off episode 4 2020 – Chocolate Week
It’s chocolate week, and it’s brutal. Prue sorrowfully surveys a baker’s showstopper with the words no one ever wants to hear: “Such a pity that it’s not edible.” But, on the other hand, we also learn the nature of what Matt Lucas cheekily calls a “Prue-gasm” after the judge is transported by delight at another offering.
The bakers must battle hot weather and a tent temperature of upwards of 25 degrees as they try to wrangle white chocolate in the showstopper round and everyone makes full use of the fridges.
This is after an opening signature challenge baking brownies. Paul Hollywood is unforgiving, insisting to one sweatily nervous contestant: “Brownies are one of the most basic things to bake; if you can’t get that right…” followed by one of his bored-serpent looks.
Everyone is on edge: “We’re going to get hammered here” says one baker, braced for judgement.
Great British Bake Off episode 4 2020
Bake Off in the time of a global pandemic is very different behind the scenes as the 12 contestants, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith and presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas leave behind their loved ones to enter their own bubble.
But this sacrifice means that on-screen, fans will be relieved to learn, all is as familiar and comfortable as a well-loved bobble hat. The opening episode is a corker, with a bunch of good-natured, self-deprecating and often brilliant amateurs and the funniest round I can ever recall. It’s the showstopper and it’s hilarious. A fondant Freddie Mercury, anyone?
The elder statesman of Bake Off, Paul is the only member of the team who has been with the show since its very beginning, originally judging alongside Mary Berry until the move to Channel 4 in 2017. Paul also hosts the US version of the programme, The American Baking Competition and has served as head baker at a number of hotels in the UK and abroad, after first beginning his career at his father’s bakery when he was still in his teens.
Although it was Bake Off that really made Paul a household name, he had made some other TV appearances beforehand on shows including The Heaven and Earth Show and This Morning, while since making his name as a judge he has appeared on a number of programmes including his own show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds.
Paul is known for his often harsh comments and for setting frequently challenging tasks in the signature challenge, while his coveted “Hollywood handshakes” reserved for the very best bakes have become a popular feature of the show.