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How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 online from anywhere

The 12 bakers for 2021's The Great British Bake Off
(Image credit: Channel 4)

Full of baking disasters, Dessert Week highlighted the proof is well and truly in the pudding with many of the bakers crumbling under the pressure. Catch up on Week 4 in the tent with our guide on how to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 online, with a free stream available in certain regions.

Watch The Great British Bake Off 2021

When: every Tuesday evening at 8pm BST

Stream for FREE in the UK: Channel 4 /  All 4 (UK) 

Watch internationally: Netflix (US) / CBC (CA) / Binge (AU)

Watch anywhere: try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free

With Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas offering moral support, our 12 enthusiastic bakers are quickly dwindling, now down to just eight following Dessert Week's elimination. Bake Off's fifth week offers judge-favourite Jürgen another moment to shine with German Week up next, who will rise to the challenge, and who will inevitably crack under the pressure?

Two Paul Hollywood handshakes have been awarded, but with Star Baker appearing to be evenly spread across the tent, there's no clear class favourite for series 12 just yet.

Still, there's plenty of time for the remaining amateur bakers to whisk up something exceptional and impress judges Paul and Prue.

A slice of wholesome TV, get cosy in front of the telly and ensure you're all caught up on Bake Off ahead of Jürgen Week - sorry, German Week. Here's how to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 online - or The Great British Baking Show if you happen to be in the US.

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How to watch Great British Bake Off for free in the UK

The Great British Bake Off finds its home on free-to-air linear TV channel, Channel 4, with new episodes airing every Tuesday at 8pm BST.

If you can't make it in front of the TV, you can watch live online or catch up on-demand using Channel 4's streaming platform, All 4, where it's confusingly listed as 'Series 5'. In other words, A.B. - After the Beeb. 

You'll need to create an account to watch, but you won't be asked for any payment details. The All 4 app is available across a number of devices, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and media streamers like Amazon Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, Roku, and Now TV. Select Smart TVs also have All 4 built into its interface.

Episodes usually stay on All 4 to watch back for up to 30 days after their original air date.

How to watch Great British Bake Off online from anywhere in the world

We've detailed how you can watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 online, but bear in mind that if you're abroad at any point during this season's baking antics, you won't be able to stream from abroad or access All 4.

Don't chance missing a baking catastrophe thanks to geo-restrictions, though. While these restrictions may prevent you from accessing certain services and content, you can get around geo-blocks by using a VPN or Virtual Private Network. It's completely legal, very affordable, and easy to use - and it also encrypts your browsing, offering protection against cybercriminals and government snooping.

Use a VPN to watch The Great British Bake Off from anywhere

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Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...

1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN

2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select the appropriate location (a server in the UK in this case)

3. Go to the broadcaster's stream - head to All 4 and start watching The Great British Bake Off as if you were back at home

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How to watch The Great British Baking Show in the US

Known as The Great British Baking Show in the US, you'll be able to watch the 2021 season (Collection 9) not long after it airs in the UK on Netflix. In fact, new episodes will drop from Friday, September 24 at 3.01 am ET / 12.01am PT every week.

Plans for Netflix range from $8.99 a month depending on the quality of stream you want and how many simultaneous connections you desire.

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How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021 in Canada

Sadly those in Canada may have a bit of a wait on their hands, with season 11 of The Great British Baking Show only arriving in the Great White North in August 2021. This likely means season 12 won't air in Canada until next summer. That said, you can stream all previous seasons on CBC Gem, which is also where new episodes will drop when they do eventually air.

CBC Gem costs $4.99 a month and comes with a 30-day free trial. That said, you can watch some content with ads without an account.

Abroad in Canada, but want to watch The Great British Bake Off when it airs back home? You can subscribe to a VPN to by-pass geo-restrictions and access your preferred streaming service.

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How to watch The Great British Bake Off online in Australia

There's no official word on when season 12 of The Great British Bake Off will arrive down under. However, with streaming service Binge up-to-date with episodes from the previous season available to watch, we imagine Aussies won't have to wait long.

This is good news considering Binge costs just AU$10 a month and comes with a 7-day free trial, making it an affordable way to watch The Great British Bake Off when it does arrive.

Outside of the country? Get a VPN to unblock geo-restricted services.

The Great British Bake Off 2021 FAQ

The Great British Bake Off 2021 contestants

(Image credit: Channel 4)

The Great British Bake Off 2021 contestants

  • Amanda, 56, Detective from London
  • Chigs, 40, Sales Manager from Leicestershire 
  • Crystelle, 26, Client Relationship Manager from London
  • Freya, 19, Psychology Student from North Yorkshire
  • George, 34, Shared Lives Co-ordinator from London
  • Giuseppe, 45, Chief Engineer from Bristol
  • Jairzeno, 51, Head of Finance from London
  • Jürgen, 56, IT Professional from Sussex
  • Lizzie, 28, Car Production Operative from Liverpool
  • Maggie, 70, retired Nurse & Midwife from Dorset
  • Rochica, 27, Junior HR Business Partner from Birmingham
  • Tom, 28, Software Developer from Kent

Who are the hosts of Great British Bake Off?

Noel Fielding is joined by Matt Lucas for his second stint on the baking show since replacing Sandi Toksvig as co-host last year. Paul Hollywood is practically a part of the furniture at this point, with multi-talented Prue Leith (restauranteur, businesswoman, novelist) at his side judging the amateur bakers since the Bake Off's move from BBC One to Channel 4 in 2017.

What are The Great British Bake Off Covid-19 precautions?

Much like last year, all 12 contestants, as well as the host, judges, and crew, will be self-isolating and getting tested, before entering their baking bubble. As co-host Matt Lucas said in an interview on Lorraine, they can then "all taste each other's bakes and there can be handshakes and all sorts."

All 12 bakers for The Great British Bake Off series 12

(Image credit: Channel 4)

What Bake Off week is it?

If you're new to the tent, you may not know that each week of Bake Off takes on a theme, from pastry to biscuits, chocolate to bread week. The Bake Off team is keeping their baking utensils pretty close to their chest, but we'll be updating this list as and when we know.

  • Week One: Cake
  • Week Two: Biscuit
  • Week Three: Bread
  • Week Four: Dessert
  • Week Five: German
  • Week Six: TBC
  • Week Seven: TBC
  • Week Eight: TBC
  • Week Nine: TBC
  • Week Ten: TBC

Who was the Star Baker?*

*Spoilers lie ahead for anyone not caught up on the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off 2021...*

It’s the icing on the cake at the end of each episode - it’s the weekly Star Baker! First introduced in series 2, each week the judges crown a budding baker with the award and while it doesn’t guarantee safety in the following week it’s definitely worth the recognition! Here we’ll be keeping track of this season’s Star Bakers:

  • Week One: Jürgen 
  • Week Two: Jürgen 
  • Week Three: Giuseppe
  • Week Four: Chigs
  • Week Five: TBC
  • Week Six: TBC
  • Week Seven: TBC
  • Week Eight: TBC
  • Week Nine: TBC
  • Week Ten: TBC

Who left Bake Off this week?*

Here's an updated list of the contestants that we sadly said goodbye to at the end of each episode of season 12: 

  • Week One: Tom
  • Week Two: Jairzeno
  • Week Three: Rochica
  • Week Four: Maggie
  • Week Five: TBC
  • Week Six: TBC
  • Week Seven: TBC
  • Week Eight: TBC
  • Week Nine: TBC
  • Week Ten: TBC

How to watch The Great British Bake Off 2021: Episode-by-episode catch-up

Alice Marshall

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