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Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel Giedroyc.
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Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Mel Giedroyc.

Airs Mondays, June 25-Aug. 20, 2018 at 9 p.m. and/or 10 p.m. on KPBS TV (see episode guide)

This summer follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best.

In a season never before seen in the U.S., join original judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood as twelve bakers don their aprons and head for the iconic tent in the heart of the British countryside.

With 30 new challenges, each episode will test their baking prowess, creativity and skill in a bid to find the UK’s best amateur baker.

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Episode 1: “Cake” airs Monday, June 25 at 9 p.m. - Follow 12 bakers who tackle an upside down cake for the Signature bake. In the Technical, they undertake Paul's recipe for rum babas — baffling some of them. For the Showstopper, they attempt to produce a cake that reveals a hidden design when sliced.

Episode 2: “Bread” airs Monday, June 25 at 10 p.m. - See how 11 bakers make 24 flatbreads for the Signature bake. The Technical challenge has them in a twist as they attempt an eight-strand plaited loaf. To stay in the tent, they must produce 12 sweet and 12 savory bagels for the Showstopper.

Episode 3: “Tarts” airs Monday, July 2 at 10 p.m. - Watch the remaining 10 bakers try to wow Paul and Mary with unusual flavor combinations in tartes tatin. A treacle tart in the Technical seems simple, but proves the downfall of some. Producing a Showstopper under the judges’ gaze is no easy task.

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Episode 4: “Desserts” airs Monday, July 9 at 10 p.m. - The bakers start off with an array of rich tortes in the Signature challenge. They then face the Technical, creme caramel; for some, there's more wobble than expected. The six-hour Showstopper is a mighty layered meringue.

Episode 5: “Pies” airs Monday, July 16 at 10 p.m. - In the Signature, the bakers must master a perfect Wellington. The fiendishly difficult Technical challenge, hand-raised pies, proves the downfall of many. American pies are the Showstopper feature. Who will be this week's star-spangled baker?

Episode 6: “Puddings” airs Monday, July 23 at 10 p.m. - For their Signature challenge, the bakers go all out with two types of sponge puddings. In the Technical, they face Queen of Pudding, a recipe direct from the archives of Mary Berry. A Showstopper strudel stretches them to their limits.

Episode 7: “Sweet Dough” airs Monday, July 30 at 10 p.m. - Last week, after a food processor accident led to an unprecedented decision, there are seven bakers left to prepare regional buns in the Signature, jam doughnuts in the Technical and an enriched dough loaf in the Showstopper. TWO bakers must go.

Episode 8: “Biscuits” airs Monday, August 6 at 10 p.m. - The Signature demands delivery of perfectly baked crispbreads. Time and temperature work against the bakers in producing chocolate tea cakes in the Technical. The Showstopper tests the quality of the bake and how well it works as a building material.

Episode 9: “Patisserie” airs Monday, August 13 at 9 p.m. - Four bakers vie for a place in the final. Each labors to deliver petits fours to Mary and Paul’s exacting Signature standards, and two watch their fraisier cakes collapse in the Technical. All pull out the stops for the Showstopper, choux gateaus.

Episode 10: “The Final” airs Monday, August 20 at 10 p.m. - Three finalists attempt pastry perfection with a Signature pithivier. Then, after one of the most intricate Technical challenges ever devised — fondant fancies — they’re on to the Showstopper: a masterpiece made with notoriously difficult chiffon sponge.


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