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Mel Giedroyc has opened up about filming her latest series for Channel 4 in the middle of the pandemic. However, the star admitted she and those she was quarantining with did have “a few parties” during the process in a candid chat.

Mel is set to present a new competition series after her Bake Off exit a few years ago.

She’ll be helming Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker on Channel 4, which sees contestants undertaking woodworking projects.

The show was filmed back in September 2020 with all of the contestants and Mel in a bubble near the Welsh borders.

In a chat with the Radio Times, she admitted this was “pre-vaccine” times so they had to be careful.

Although, she did share how they were able to socialise with each other while being kept away from people not involved in the show.

Mel told the publication: “It was great fun. We weren’t all sitting there in our oatmeal knickers, chanting in a circle.

“We were all quarantined. We were all safe. Nobody was leaving and nobody was coming in.

“So we had a couple of parties in the middle of lockdown, which was a treat.”

The presenter went on to add: “The contestants were working so hard; they were wielding huge bits of wood.

“It’s not as quaint as Glow Up or Sewing Bee. It’s a different beast, this show: it’s loud and physical.

“We needed a couple of little dances around the field and to drink some ale.”

Lockdown rules were not in full force back in September as they had changed several times throughout 2020.

On September 14, the government did bring in a rule that social gatherings of more than six people were illegal in England.

This had several exemptions as it did not apply to schools and workplaces.

Weddings, funerals and organised team sports were also exempt from the rules.

Mel didn’t share when exactly she and the team were filming the show.

Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker will premiere soon on Channel 4.

It sees nine contestants battling it out across six weeks to be crowned the winner.

They’ll also be trying to impress judges Alex De Rijke and Helen Welch.

A synopsis of the show promises: “This inspirational series takes place in a custom-built workshop filled to the brim with the very best tools and wood; nestled in stunning ancient Welsh woodland.

“Revelling in the unabashed beauty of the surroundings, this series is a bucolic sensory overload.”

You can read the full interview in the Radio Times, which is out now.

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