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How to watch Great British Baking Show 2020 online and on Netflix

How to watch Great British Baking Show
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Great British Baking Show release date, cast

Release dates: Weekly on Tuesdays (UK); weekly on Fridays (U.S.)
Cast:
Paul Hollywood (judge), Prue Leith (judge), Noel Fielding (host), Matt Lucas (host)
Episodes: 10

Ready, set, bake! It's time to watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. Series 11 of the competition series is airing first in the UK (where it's called The Great British Bake Off) and a few days later in the U.S. on Netflix for Americans. Let the oven wars continue, with episode 3's theme of bread — always a challenging week in every season.

Watching The Great British Baking Show is the ultimate comfort food — something everybody can enjoy in these difficult pandemic times. GBBO is truly feel-good TV, where you can root for a lineup of amateur bakers who love to create decadent desserts and pastries, from tarts to sponges to meringues to cakes. 

This edition of GBBO is a bit different. For one, there's a new host — comedian Matt Lucas takes over for Sandi Toksvig. He joins returning host Noel Fielding, and mainstay judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. 

The Great British Baking Show also had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, like most other film and television productions. Filming on season 11 was originally set for April, but was delayed to July. Usually, the process takes place over 12-13 weekends, but due to the pandemic, it occurred over six weeks in a "self-contained biosphere" at Down Hall Hotel in Bishop's Stortford. The cast and crew quarantined and got tested before entering the GBBO bubble, then did the same before returning home.

But a lot of The Great British Baking Show remains the same. There will be 12 amateur bakers and various theme weeks, like a Japanese week. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix.

How to watch Great British Baking Show from anywhere, with a VPN

If you're away from home, in a country with geo-restrictions that won't let you watch Great British Baking Show, you don't need to miss out. It's pretty easy with the right VPN (virtual private network) to stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch Great British Baking Show in the US

If you're in the U.S., The Great British Baking Show episode 2 is streaming now! 

The rest of the episodes drop weekly on Fridays.

If you absolutely can't wait for your GBBO fix and want to watch along with British fans, check out the UK airing info below and our info on ExpressVPN.

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How to watch Great British Bake Off in the UK

Under its original title, The Great British Bake Off airs weekly on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. BST on Channel 4. 

Brits without an antenna can watch GBBO for free, live or on-demand, via the app All 4.

The Great British Baking Show contestants: Who are the bakers?

GBBO season 11 features 12 amateur bakers. They are:

  • Dave, 30, a security guard from Waterlooville, Hampshire
  • Hermine, 39, a Benin-born accountant from London
  • Laura, 31, a digital manager from Kent
  • Linda, 61, a retirement living team leader from East Sussex
  • Loriea, a Jamaican-born diagnostic radiographer from Durham
  • Lottie, 31, a pantomime producer  from West Sussex
  • Makbul, 51, an accountant from Manchester
  • Marc, 51, a bronze resin sculptor from Cornwall
  • Mark, 32, a project manager from Liverpool
  • Peter, 20, an accounting and finance student from Edinburgh
  • Rowan, 52, a music teacher from Worcestershire
  • Sura, 31, a pharmacy dispenser from London

The Great British Baking Show hosts

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GBBO has seen a bit of a revolving door when it comes to hosts and judges. Only Paul Hollywood has remained through all 11 seasons. His fellow judge, Prue Leith, joined in 2017 when the series moved from BBC to Channel 4. 

That's the same time that Noel Fielding came on as a co-host, with Sandi Toksvig. However, Sandi left the show before season 11 and has been replaced with Matt Lucas, who American viewers may recognize from Bridesmaids and Alice in Wonderland.

The Great British Baking Show episodes

The Great British Baking Show will consist of 10 episodes. The first three episodes run for 90 minutes instead of the usual 75 minutes.

Episode 1: Cakes
Signature: Battenberg cake
Technical: Pineapple upside-down cakes (1st: Sura)
Showstopper: Celebrity hero cake bust
Star Baker: Peter
Eliminated: Loriea

Episode 2: Biscuits
Signature: Chocolate florentines
Technical: Coconut macaroons (1st: Dave)
Showstopper: 3D Biscuit Table Setting
Star Baker: Dave
Eliminated: Mak

Episode 3: Bread