Get your pastries and Hollywood Handshakes at the ready, because The Great British Bake Off is coming back for 2021. 

Here's everything you need to know, including when the next Bake Off series airs, how to watch the show in the US, who will be presenting this year and how to apply to compete in the main series yourself. 

When does The Great British Bake Off start?

The wait is nearly over, as Bake Off airs tonight, Tuesday 21 September 2021 at 8pm BST.

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.

Bake Off trailer

We now have a teaser for the next season of Bake Off, with a look at the iconic tent and voiceovers of the presenters, judges and bakers. Take a look below:

GBBO presenters and judges

Both Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding will return for hosting duties. Fielding was absent from the Christmas specials as he was on parental leave, but he has been confirmed to return. As always, both Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood will be judging the proceedings. 

The Great British Bake Off contestants

Channel 4 has now revealed the bakers who will be entering the tent this year. You can find out who there are below:

  • Amanda - Aged 45 from London, Detective with the Met Police who has influences of her Greek-Cypriot heritage in her baking
  • 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
  • Freya -  Aged 19 from North Yorkshire, Psychology Student who bakes vegan food with unexpected twists
  • George - Aged 34 from London, Shared Lives Co-ordinator who has a keen eye for detail and creative bakes with a Greek-Cypriot twist
  • Giuseppe - Aged 45 from Bristol, Chief Engineer who learned how to bake from his Italian father
  • Jairzeno - Aged 51 from London, Head of Finance who uses Caribbean spices and flavours, inspired by his home country of Trinidad
  • Jürgen - Aged 18 from Sussex, IT Professional and Amateur Trombonist who bakes German bread 
  • Lizzie - Aged 28 from Liverpool, Car Production Operative who appears quite frantic and messy on the outside, but is in fact calm within
  • Maggie - Aged 70 from Dorset, Retired Nurse and Midwife who loves outdoor adventuring activities such as kayaking and sailing
  • Rochica - Aged 27 from Birmingham, Junior HR Business Partner who turned to baking when an injury stopped her from dancing
  • Tom - Aged 28 from Kent, Developer who found baking a welcome respite during lockdown, especially when he couldn't sing or act

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 first episode dropping on 24 September), 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 unfortunately applications for 2021 are now closed. They will likely reopen for 2022 later on this year, and you can send in your details to be on the show via the official sign-up page