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'Great British Bake Off' Winner Frances Quinn Reveals Just How Tough A Day's Filming Can Be

'You haven't really got a life outside.'

18/09/2017 11:42 BST | Updated 18/09/2017 11:42 BST

While we always suspected that filming on ‘Great British Bake Off’ was no piece of cake, former winner Frances Quinn has spoken out about just how gruelling a weekend in the tent can be.

Frances, who won the fourth series of ‘Bake Off’ back in 2013, has recalled having “no life” away from the show while filming was in full swing, despite the recording process only taking place over two days.

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Frances in the 'Bake Off' tent

She told Cosmopolitan: “You haven’t really got a life other than [the show]. No social life. That was the most stressful time.

“We had to get a train down on the Friday and we’d have a wake up call at 5am, we’d be in the tent at 7am. We’d wrap filming at about 8pm and then it would be the same again the next day. I’d get back at about midnight on the Sunday.

“It’s not just a two-hour bake with a few buttercups.”

As well as the tough challenges set by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry - the latter of whom has since been replaced by newcomer Prue Leith - Frances recalled having to be interviewed by production as many as eight times a day, and wearing the same outfits two days in a row for continuity reasons.

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Frances with judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry
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