Great British Bake Off episode 7 2020 – 1980’s Week: Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding host a 1980s-themed episode of the contest. The signature challenge features a classic quiche, while the technical round requires the bakers to master a popular retro sweet treat. For their final showstopper task, the contestants must keep their cool while preparing an ice cream cake before judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood pick this week’s star baker and decide who will be leaving the tent.
It’s one of the hottest days of the year and it’s sweltering in the Bake Off tent so even Paul Hollywood’s famous glacial stares don’t take the edge off the temperature. And what is the showstopper the bakers are being asked to make? Ice cream cake, of course. You’ve never seen so many melted puddles of gloop – and that’s just the contestants, who have to sling wet tea towels around their necks to cool down.
This week’s theme is the 80s (hence the Arctic Roll-style showstopper), which is perhaps a little unfair as most of the bakers were mere toddlers in that decade. Unsurprisingly, Matt Lucas’s renditions of hits by Spandau Ballet and George Michael are met with blank looks while one young baker vaguely suggests that “Prawn cocktails were big back then”. Perhaps not big in cakes, though.
Great British Bake Off episode 7 2020 – 1980’s Week
Great British Bake Off episode 7 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.