PUBLISHED: 13:29, Thu, Oct 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 13:30, Thu, Oct 8, 2020
As the nights draw in, The Great British Bake Off returns to screens to warm the nation’s hearts. This series was filmed in perhaps the most challenging of circumstances amid the coronavirus pandemic, which led the show to be filmed under strict COVID-19 restrictions including forming a bubble and rigorous testing. As the show returns, fans are curious to know more about what really goes on in the tent and if what they see on the small screen really plays out in the same way.
Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to former Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle, who shared secrets from the tent including what the judges are really like.
Jane was a runner-up in 2016, going up against aerospace engineer Andrew Smyth and PE teacher Candice Brown - who won the competition.
The garden designer was part of series seven, the last one to air on the BBC before it relocated to Channel 4 following a bidding war for the show.
Jane was judged by veteran baker Paul Hollywood and the queen of cakes herself Mary Berry.
Bake Off judges: Mary Berry, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood (Image: BBC * CHANNEL 4)
Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle has revealed some secrets from the tent (Image: PH)
However, Jane also took part in a Christmas edition of Bake Off which saw her creations judged by Mary’s replacement Prue Leith.
She lifted the lid on Bake Off judges, saying: “They are exactly as you see them. So, Paul stays in character most of the time.”
Jane joked: “Well, he’s a bit mean. Actually, when I did the Christmas show in 2018, he was lovely for that weekend. He was jolly and Christmassy and things.
“But he’s there to strike a little bit of fear into our hearts and doesn’t really let that slip.”
She continued: “I had Mary, of course, who was always lovely.
Bake Off finalist Jane Beedle has launched a cookery school (Image: PH)
“But at the Christmas show, I had Prue and she is incredible. She is so vibrant and so full of life and so funny. I just thought she was brilliant.
“At the end we were there listening to The Darkness because they were