The Great British Bake Off tent is an amazing place.
As we witnessed last night, a show focused on cakes and biscuits can get extraordinarily tense, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats.
By week three, contestants have already won over the hearts of the nation, as they tearfully confess to judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith that they have a soggy bottom.
Like all things in 2020, the filming of the year’s series has been affected by coronavirus.
Contestants and judges left their homes to film the much-loved show so they could form a social bubble, allowing Hollywood handshakes to continue.
But contestant Laura Adlington, from Gravesend, Kent, has revealed that some of the shows previous rules have stayed in place.
And she didn’t mince her words, describing it as a “right pain in the ass.”
For continuity purposes, bakers are required to wear the same clothes all weekend.
And while that might be fine for tidier bakers, it can be a real pain if you are messy, as you need to wash and dry your clothes overnight.
In last night’s episode, Laura complained about the mess she had made while creating her incredible jelly koi fish pond cake.
And it clearly still irritates her as she held an Instagram Q&A to discuss the hit show.
One fan asked: “If the bakes are done on separate days, why do you have to wear the same clothes?”
Laura replied: “Just for continuity apparently. It was a right pain in the ass having to wash, dry and iron your outfit after a long day of filming!”
If you thought the contestants have it hard, spare a thought for the poor crew member whose job it is to wash every piece of equipment used – by hand.
Dishwashers are too noisy to run while filming, so an unlucky crew member spends up to 16 hours scrubbing dirty dishes.
On average, each series requires 1,000 dishcloths, 80 sponges and a whopping 30 litres of washing-up liquid.
A Bake Off insider said: “A dishwasher would be too noisy and take longer.
“If you’ve got caramel, you’ve got to use plenty of elbow grease, so a human washer-upper is best.”