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How to watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020: stream the new series online for free and from anywhere

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One of Britain's favourite cooking shows is back this week - and it's all about the celebs this time round. Having crowned 32-year-old Thomas Frake the best amateur chef in the country earlier this year, it's now time for MasterChef's red carpet cousin to grace the BBC with its presence, as a lineup of 20 vaguely recognisable faces all look to prove they've at least opened a tin of baked beans before. Read on as our guide explains just how easy it is to watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020 from anywhere in the world.

Watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020 for free

Celebrity MasterChef 2020 starts on Wednesday, July 1 - when it debuts at 9pm on BBC One. Subsequent episodes will air on different days and at different times - but they''ll always be on the BBC. This means it's free to watch MasterChef on BBC iPlayer- and Brits outside of the country can access the service from abroad by using a VPN

Scroll down for the full Celebrity MasterChef 2020 lineup, but if you're just after the headline acts, then we can definitely save you some time - because it's all about Judy Murray and John Barnes. 

That's right. Scotland's very own Tiger Mum will be giving us a glimpse of how she turned Andy and Jamie into the tennis champions they are today, while the Liverpool and England football legend will be hoping his culinary skills match up to his rapping and goal scoring prowess.

Other noteworthy competitors include the actor Phil Daniels, RuPaul UK finalist Baga Chipz, and a pair of British Olympians - women's field hockey gold medalist Sam Quek and rowing icon Sir Matthew Pinsent. They'll both be hoping to emulate last year's winner and fellow Olympic gold medallist, former track and field star Greg Rutherford.

As ever, the competition will be judged by perennial pudding-fancier Gregg Wallace and his straight-talking Aussie sidekick, John Torode. Will this year's cohort actually be able to tell their pork pies from their piccalilli? Here's how to watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020 online and find out.


How to watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020 in the UK

iPlayer app

Celebrity MasterChef 2020 debuts on Wednesday, July 1 at 9pm BST on BBC One. After that, the next episodes are scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

And because Celebrity MasterChef is on BBC One, it couldn't be easier to stream the new series online, thanks to the Beeb's excellent iPlayer app. It's completely free to use for anyone with a valid TV license - just sign-up with your email address and UK postcode and you're away.

UK residents abroad may struggle to get the same easy access they would at home - but in fact, all you need is a top-notch VPNand you'll get the same coverage you would in Blighty.

Here's how it works.

How to watch Celebrity MasterChef 2020 from abroad

While anyone in the UK will find it easy to watch Celebrity MasterChef, Brits who find themselves away from home may encounter a problem accessing the service's online streaming platform - due to geo-blocking.

Where this is the case, people who hold a valid TV license in the UK could consider using a VPN. This nifty bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access all the content and services you already pay for back home - but from anywhere in the world.

we always recommend ExpressVPN

There are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.

Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.

Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect to watch your favourite shows just like you normally would.

Celebrity MasterChef 2020: full lineup

As per the BBC, the 20 contestants looking to plate themselves up glory in this year's Celebrity MasterChef are:

  • Actors Shyko Amos, Phil Daniels and Felicity Montagu
  • Actor and comedian Crissy Rock
  • Comedian Judi Love
  • Recording artist Myles Stephenson
  • Musician Lady Leshurr
  • Conductor for the Kingdom Choir, Karen Gibson
  • Television presenters Gethin Jones and Dom Littlewood
  • Travel presenter Amar Latif
  • Television and radio presenter Jeff Brazier
  • Broadcaster and internet personality Riyadh Khalaf
  • Olympic gold medallists and sports presenters Sam Quek MBE and Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
  • RuPaul UK finalist and drag artist Baga Chipz
  • Reality personality Pete Wicks
  • Apprentice star and entrepreneur Thomas Skinner
  • Tennis coach Judy Murray OBE
  • Football legend John Barnes MBE

James Laird

James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.