How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021

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Season 12 of the hugely popular Great British Bake Off is set to return this month! Whether you’re catching up on previous seasons or tuning in live, you can watch how the cookie crumbles from anywhere with a VPN.

When does The Great British Bake Off 2021 start?

The twelfth season—or series, as they say in Britain—will begin airing on Tuesday, September 21, 8 p.m. BST, on Channel 4. Twelve contestants, four judges, one prize. Formerly broadcast by BBC Two and BBC One, Bake Off is now aired by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.

Different countries have different viewing options, so how you watch the show will depend on which VPN server location you select. There are a few easy ways to get your GBBO fix: via Channel 4’s on-demand streaming service All4, on Swiss TV platform Zattoo, or via Netflix in the United States three days after the UK premiere, starting Friday, September 24.

Stream The Great British Bake Off online on Zattoo (free)

Good news—you can watch Bake Off live on Zattoo for free! Here’s how:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to our Switzerland server location
  3. Go to Zattoo and sign in (or register for the ‘FREE’ account)
  4. Select Channel 4 and enjoy the show!

Watch The Great British Bake Off live online on Channel 4

You can also get The Great British Bake Off straight from the Channel 4 website:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a secure VPN location in the UK
  3. Visit the show’s page on the Channel 4 website at 8 p.m. BST on Tuesdays and click “Watch Live” at the top of the page. (You may need to log in or sign up, in which case you’ll need to enter a UK address.)
  4. Watch live and catch all the baking action!

Bonus: If you prefer to binge the season in delicious chunks, you can also watch already-aired season 12 episodes on the Channel 4 website, so you don’t have to worry about missing any of the drama.

Watch Bake Off on Netflix

Fans of the popular baking competition can also watch Bake Off (which is known as The Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) on Netflix, or binge previous seasons with the original hosts, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, and the beloved judge Mary Berry.

To watch Bake Off on Netflix:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location
  3. Visit Netflix and sign in, or sign up for a Netflix account
  4. Search for the show and enjoy!

(Note: If you’re having trouble accessing Netflix, don’t hesitate to contact the ExpressVPN Support Team by live chat.)

Who hosts The Great British Bake Off?

Since the switch from BBC One to Channel 4, the show was initially hosted by beloved entertainers Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, along with established judge Paul Hollywood and food writer and restaurateur Prue Leith. Last season, Matt Lucas of Little Britain fame joined as a judge to replace Sandi Toksvig.

While the newer seasons may not have nearly as many baking double entendres as in previous seasons, Bake Off never fails to sprinkle a few pastry puns into the mix.

Try your hand at making your own pastries and cakes with Bake Off recipes!

Biscuits, crumpets, cupcakes, and pastries. Who would’ve thought a show about baking could be so popular? While it’s hard to pick a favorite moment (or dish), there’s always room for some great British TV.

Looking to recreate some showstoppers of your own? You’re in luck! The Great British Bake Off’s official site has a list of all the recipes from the show. Give them a go!

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