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THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW: Season 3

The judges, hosts, and contestants of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 3. Contestants (back, l-r): Dorret, Alvin, Ian, Ugne, Paul, Stu, Marie, Tamal, Nadiya, Flora, Mat, Sandy. Judges/Hosts (front, l-r): Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry.
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The judges, hosts, and contestants of THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, Season 3. Contestants (back, l-r): Dorret, Alvin, Ian, Ugne, Paul, Stu, Marie, Tamal, Nadiya, Flora, Mat, Sandy. Judges/Hosts (front, l-r): Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry.

Airs Mondays, July 15, 2019 from 9-11 p.m., July 22-Aug. 26 at 10 p.m., and Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. & 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

⁠—The Proof Is In The Pudding: PBS Brings Back Viewer Favorite For A Summer Treat⁠—

Seasons 1-5 are currently available to stream on demand with KPBS Passport!

A dozen charming amateur bakers offer trays of edible treats and a tent full of doughy drama this summer when PBS brings back the U.K.’s unstoppable competition series, THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW, for a brand new season.

Returning judges Mary Berry, a best-selling cookbook author and the U.K.’s “doyenne of baking,” and Paul Hollywood, an artisan bread-making expert whose personal appearances rival those of rock stars, join hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc in search of the best all-around baker among the contestants.

In each episode of Season 3, challenges come in three categories: a Signature Bake, to test the contestants’ creative flair and baking ability; a Technical Bake, in which challengers receive basic recipes with ingredient lists and minimal instruction; and the Showstopper Bake, designed to display depth of skill and talent.

EPISODE GUIDE:

Sandy decorating her cake.
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Sandy decorating her cake.

Episode 1: “Cake” airs Monday, July 15 at 9 p.m. - Join 12 amateur bakers in the tent for their first competition. Madeira cake is the Signature challenge. For the Technical, they must duplicate Mary Berry's frosted walnut cake. Finally, they tackle black forest gateau for the Showstopper.

Tamal and Mel talking about dough.
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Tamal and Mel talking about dough.

Episode 2: “Biscuits” airs Monday, July 15 at 10 p.m. - Watch the remaining 11 bakers tackle biscuits. Biscotti are the Signature challenge, while the Technical demands puff pastry arlettes. The Showstopper task is to create and build an edible biscuit box filled with 36 biscuits of a different flavor.

Ian baking.
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Ian baking.

Episode 3: “Bread” airs Monday, July 22 at 10 p.m. - See how the remaining 10 bakers prepare to brave bread, including quick breads in the Signature challenge. The Technical calls for baguettes. For the Showstopper, the bakers must create edible 3D bread sculptures. Who will rise to the occasion?

Example bake of a three teared cheesecake.
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Example bake of a three teared cheesecake.

Episode 4: “Desserts” airs Monday, July 29 at 10 p.m. - View the stiff competition among nine remaining bakers. The Signature challenge is a French classic: crème brulée. In the Technical, bakers take on spanische windtorte. In the Showstopper, they must bake three faultless cheesecakes, then layer them.

Mel and Mat
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Mel and Mat

Episode 5: “Alternative Ingredients” airs Monday, Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. - See how the remaining contestants bake without sugar, gluten or dairy. In the Signature challenge, they create a variety of sugar-free cakes. Gluten-free pitas are in store for the Technical, and the Showstopper features dairy-free ice cream rolls.

Paul’s Showstopper
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Paul’s Showstopper

Episode 6: “Pastry” airs Monday, Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. - Enter the competition tent to see the bakers prove their pastry skills, first with frangipane tarts in the Signature. The Technical throws them into uncharted territory with a mystery pastry: flaouna. The Showstopper demands bite-sized vol-au-vents.

Technical Bake – Tennis Fruit Cake
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Technical Bake – Tennis Fruit Cake

Episode 7: “Victorian” airs Monday, Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. - Watch a full episode devoted to the Victorian age, which gave birth to modern baking. The Signature test is game pie, a stalwart of the era. The Technical recipe, fruitcake, dates to the late 1800s. And much-loved charlotte russe is the Showstopper.

Flora’s Signature Bake
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Flora’s Signature Bake

Episode 8: “Patisserie” airs Monday, Aug. 26 at 10 p.m. - Watch the five remaining bakers work their way through patisserie. In the Signature, they’re challenged to make cream horns. Then Mary sets a fiddly Technical task: mokatines. The Showstopper is a test of time and gravity: religieuse à l’ancienne.

Nadiya baking.
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Nadiya baking.

Episode 9: “Chocolate” airs Monday, Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. - Follow the semi-finalists as they come to grips with chocolate, a temperamental ingredient. The Signature task is chocolate tart, followed by chocolate soufflé in the Technical challenge. For the Showstopper, the bakers create chocolate centerpieces.

Nadiya’s Showstopper
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Nadiya’s Showstopper

Episode 10: “The Final” airs Monday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. - Learn which of the three finalists will ace the Signature challenge — filled iced buns; conquer the Technical — pastry they’ve all struggled with; and master the Showstopper — a classic British cake in a multi-layered presentation.

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CREDITS:

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW (known as THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE-OFF in the U.K.) is produced by the award-winning Love Productions, and was created by Anna Beattie and Richard McKerrow. Executive producer is Anna Beattie, the director is Andy Devonshire and the series producer is Paolo Proto.