When the Great British Bake Off starts as 2021 contestants announced

By Megan Nisbet

Channel 4 has officially announced the line-up and start date for The Great British Bake Off 2021 and we're not that far away from all things bread, biscuits and pastries.

Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith will be returning as judges with their famous handshakes and verdicts on soggy bottoms, with Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas as hosts.

And now the contestants for the twelfth series have been announced, including a police detective and a retired midwife, alongside the official start date.

Read more: Bake Off 2021: Matt Lucas says new contestants are 'brilliant' as team go into bubble

So when does GBBO start and who are the 2021 contestants? Here's what you need to know ahead of the new series.

Noel, Prue, Paul and Matt with The Bakers in the new series of Great British Bake Off (©Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)

When does The Great British Bake Off start?

Bake Off will officially be back on screens on Tuesday, September 21.

The first episode will air at 8pm on Channel 4 and will broadcast until 9:30pm.

Who are The Great British Bake Off contestants?

The 2021 line-up includes a police detective, a retired midwife and a student. You can read more about them here.

Here's the full list.

Left to right - Elizabeth, George, Juergen, Crystelle, Jairzeno, Rochica, Giuseppe, Tom, Maggie, Chirag, Amanda and Freya of the Great British Bake Off 2021 (Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions)

Amanda, 56, a Met Police detective from London

Crystelle, 26, a client relationship manager from London

George, 34, a Shared Lives coordinator, from London

Freya, 19, a student from North Yorkshire

Rochica, 27, an HR business partner from Birmingham

Jürgen, 56, an IT Professional from Sussex

Jairzeno, 51, a head of finance from London

Tom, 28, a software developer from Kent

Giuseppe, 45, a chief engineer from Bristol

Lizzie, 28, a car production operative from Liverpool

Chigs, 40, a sales manager from Leicestershire

Maggie, 70, a retired midwife from Dorset

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