Junior Bake Off

Junior Bake Off is a British television baking competition in which young bakers aged 9 to 15 tackle a series of challenges involving baking cakes, biscuits, bread, and pastries, competing to be crowned Junior Bake Off Champion.

Junior Bake Off
Title screen of Junior Bake Off on Channel 4
Directed byAmanda Westwood
Presented byAaron Craze
Sam & Mark
Harry Hill
JudgesPaul Hollywood
Mary Berry
James Martin
Graham Hornigold
Allegra McEvedy
Nadiya Hussain
Liam Charles
Prue Leith
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series5
No. of episodes73
Executive producer(s)Kieran Smith
Anna Beattie
Production location(s)Valentines Mansion (2011)
Harptree Court (2013)
Welford Park (2015–)
Running time28 minutes (2011–2016)
60 minutes (2019–)
Production company(s)Love Productions
Original networkCBBC (2011–2016)
Channel 4 (2019–)
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release31 October 2011 (2011-10-31) 
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off
External links
Production Website

The series debuted in 2011 as a spin-off from the The Great British Bake Off and is also produced by Love Productions. Four series of Junior Bake Off were broadcast on CBBC from 2011 to 2016. Following its parent series' departure from the BBC in 2017, Junior Bake Off resumed with a fifth series in 2019 on Channel 4, with comedian Harry Hill as presenter and Prue Leith and Liam Charles as judges. The fifth series concluded on 22 November 2019. The show will return for a sixth series in 2020.[1]


Each series of Junior Bake Off includes 15 episodes. While The Great British Bake Off features three challenges per episode (signature, technical, and showstopper), Junior Bake Off includes only the technical and showstopper challenges. In the first four series, aired on CBBC from 2011–16, the format featured 40 young bakers aged 9 to 12 years old divided into 10 qualifying rounds or heats.[2] Each episode featured only four bakers, with one eliminated each episode. The remaining bakers from each heat were brought back for 'Finals Week' (divided into two semi-finals, followed by two finals, and then one grand final) which determined the winner.

The format was altered in 2019 when the series moved to Channel 4. The episodes were increased from 30 minutes to one hour, the number of bakers halved to 20, and the upper age range of the contestants increased from 12 to 15.[3] Instead of only four bakers taking part in each qualifying round, the bakers are divided into two groups of 10 each, with five eliminated from one group during the first five episodes, and five eliminated from the second group during the second five episodes.[4] The remaining five bakers from each group are combined in the week-long finals, resulting in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.[5] The 'Star Baker' award, given to the judges' favourite baker in each episode, was not included in the CBBC version of the show but is a part of the Channel 4 format.

Series overview

Series Eps. Premiere Finale Winner Finalists Channel
1 13 31 October 2011 17 November 2011 Freya Watson Kai CBBC
2 15 11 November 2013 29 November 2013 Harry Emma
3 15 2 November 2015 20 November 2015 Amari Alyth
4 15 7 November 2016 25 November 2016 Nikki Lilly Macy
5 15 4 November 2019 22 November 2019 Fin Aleena Channel 4

Series 1 (2011)

The first series began on 31 October 2011 on CBBC.

Series 2 (2013)

A second series began on 11 November 2013 on CBBC.[6] Chef James Martin replaces Hollywood as judge.

Series 3 (2015)

A third series began airing on 2 November 2015 on CBBC, with Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes replacing Craze as hosts. Allegra McEvedy and Graham Hornigold took over from Berry and Martin as judges.[7]

Series 4 (2016)

The fourth series began on 7 November 2016 on CBBC.[8] Allegra McEvedy returns as judge with Nadiya Hussain replacing Graham Hornigold. Presenters Sam & Mark returned to host.

Series 5 (2019)

The fifth series began on 4 November 2019 on Channel 4.[9] Harry Hill presented the series which was judged by Prue Leith and Liam Charles.

Series 6

The sixth series of Junior Bake Off will air in 2020 on Channel 4.[10]


  1. "Junior Bake Off: Who are the presenters and judges for the new series?". BBC. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  2. "New judges announced for CBBC's Junior Bake Off". BBC. 1 October 2015. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  3. Potts, Olivia (11 November 2019). "Junior Bake Off: the kids spinoff that's the perfect antidote to baking brutality". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  4. "Junior Bake Off 2019 contestants from new Channel 4 series". Tellymix. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  5. Bond, Kimberley (31 October 2019). "When is Junior Bake Off on TV? Who are the hosts and judges? How does it work?". Radio Times. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  6. "Junior Bake Off: Series 2 – Episode 1". Radio Times. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  7. "New judges announced for CBBC's Junior Bake Off". BBC. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  8. "We can still get our Bake Off fix as Junior Bake Off returns really soon". Digital Spy. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  9. https://inews.co.uk/culture/television/junior-bake-off-2019-contestants-presenters-when-channel-4-start-time-821934
  10. Darvill, Josh (15 November 2019). "Junior Bake Off applications: How to apply for 2020 series". TellyMix. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
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