Beloved British baking competition, The Great British Baking Show, is set to return with the fourth season of its holiday-themed special, The Great British Baking Show: Holidays. This festive extravaganza features “ghosts of bakers past,” as host Matt Lucas quips, including Rahul Mandal, Ruby Bhogal, and Helena Garcia for New Year’s special. Tom Allen, comedian and a frequent guest on the Baking Show’s after-show The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice, will host another special in the series, which according to a vague press release from Netflix, might feature the cast of Derry Girls.
The trailer for the holiday series promises much of the same cheerful attitude that the show is known for. Yes, it looks like it still gets tense under the tent, but the competitors are full of good cheer, banter, and jokes to keep the mood light. That doesn’t mean the competition isn’t challenging: The trailer reveals that one showstopper challenge involves creating an “illusion cake,” made to resemble a holiday feast.
The trailer doesn’t reveal much more about what the bakers might be whipping up this season, but in the spirit of the show, it still looks like the competitors are still good friends, which makes all their inevitable baking-related tribulations a little bit easier to watch. As for what bakes the judges have in mind, perhaps they might include a few of these classic English desserts.
The cast of Derry Girls unfortunately isn’t revealed in the trailer, but it does make sense that perhaps Netflix is keeping their appearance under wraps as a fun Christmas present to viewers.
What we do know for sure is that the holiday season is just more jolly with Noel, Prue, Matt, and Paul on our television screens providing some needed comfort (and perhaps even baking inspiration when it comes time to create our own Christmas feasts) to these chilly winter months.
The Great British Baking Show: Holidays season 4 premieres on December 3 on Netflix.