Get your pastries and Hollywood Handshakes at the ready, because The Great British Bake Off finale airs tonight. 

Here's everything you need to know, including when to tune in, how to watch the final from the US and abroad, which contestants made it to the end and how to apply to compete in the main series yourself. 

When does The Great British Bake Off finale air?

The wait is nearly over, as the Bake Off finale airs tonight, Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 8pm GMT.

In these modern times, you don't just have to watch the bakers struggle with a technical recipe the traditional way. Instead, you can watch on All 4 – live or on-demand with catch-up through a wide range of devices including smart TVs, games consoles, media streamers, phones and tablets.

The Great British Bake Off 2021 finalists

After several weeks of tough bakes, the contestants have now been whittled down to three. They are:

  • Chigs - Aged 40 from Leicestershire, Sales Manager who learnt to bake last year through online tutorials, with specialities in chocolate work
  • Crystelle - Aged 26 from London, Client Relationship Manager who likes to experiment with flavours inspired by her Portuguese-Goan-Kenyan heritage
  • Giuseppe - Aged 45 from Bristol, Chief Engineer who learned how to bake from his Italian father

Bake Off trailer

We now have a trailer for the final of Bake Off, which promises a tense affair. Take a look below:

GBBO presenters and judges

Both Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are back for hosting duties. As always, both Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be judging the proceedings. 

Who won GBBO 2020?

The final of The Great British Bake Off 2020 came down to three contestants; Peter, Dave and Laura. It was a close call between Peter and Dave, but by being daring with his showstopper, Peter just managed to snag the trophy. He's the youngest ever contestant to win the Bake Off. 

Bake Off Peter

Where to watch Bake Off from outside the UK

As per usual, Bake Off is available through regular UK broadcast TV (or however you get your TV), airing on Channel 4.

If you want to watch from outside the UK - such as the US, where you might know it as The Great British Baking Show - then there are a couple of ways to watch the latest series. 

Watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix

Netflix has the rights to The Great British Baking Show, and airs the latest episodes three days after they release in the UK. Therefore, you can catch all the activity in the tent on Fridays (with the final episode dropping on 26 November), providing you have a Netflix account. Subscriptions for this start from $8.99 per month. 

Watch The Great British Bake Off on Channel 4 with a VPN

If you're worried about spoilers and want to watch the latest episodes as soon as possible, then there is another way: use a VPN (virtual private network) to make it appear as if your device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the Channel 4 website.

There are loads of VPNs out there, but our top recommendations are NordVPN and Surfshark, both of which we've found to be reliable, speedy, and pretty affordable. If you want to see what other options are out there, then take a look at our list of the best VPNs for streaming video.

Once you've downloaded and installed your VPN onto your device, here's the steps you need to take:

  • Connect to a UK sever on your chosen VPN

How to watch Bake Off in the US

How to watch Bake Off in the US

  • Sign up for an account (it’s free, but requires your email)

How to watch Bake Off abroad

How to watch Bake Off abroad

All 4 requires you to turn off any ad-blockers - which includes any optional ad-blocking in your VPN - so make sure you do that before trying to watch. If you still can't connect, try a different server within your VPN until you find one that works for you.

Please note that this is against All 4’s terms of service, so proceed at your own risk.

How to apply to be on the GBBO 

If you're a budding baker and would like to apply for Bake Off, then applications for 2022 are now open. You can send in your details to be on the show via the official sign-up page