Hold on to your buns, baking fans, because the wait is finally over. New episodes of The Great British Baking Show (a.k.a. The Great British Bake-Off) have at last arrived!
Since the long-delayed Season 11 concluded last fall, lovers of baked goods and soothing British accents have been waiting with bated breath to find out when a new batch of bakers would be on their way to the storied white tent. In early September, GBBO got everyone's hopes up with a maddeningly brief teaser video featuring the iconic theme music, before ultimately announcing that the show's latest season would be hitting the streaming service Netflix starting September 24.
Today, the first episode of the season—Cake Week—is finally available to stream.
As with the last several years, a new episode will debut in the U.S. on Netflix each Friday, following its original UK airing on Tuesdays.
The show (which is titled The Great British Bake-Off in the UK and The Great British Baking Show in the U.S. due to a copyright issue over the term "Bake-Off") pits a group of home bakers against one another each week in a series of themed challenges to test the heights of their culinary prowess. It's long had a devoted fan-following in the UK, and in recent years has become just as big a hit with American viewers.
Last year, just two months before the COVID-19 pandemic sent most of the world into lockdown, former co-host Sandi Toksvig announced that she would be departing the show, leaving new host, actor Matt Lucas, to take up the torch for the first-of-its-kind season in a socially-distanced bubble. This year, there will be no such shakeups, with Lucas returning alongside co-host Noel Fielding, with judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith likewise making a triumphant comeback to prod loaves, hand out handshakes, and let us know whether it was all worth the calories.
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