Hollywood celebs, chart-topping artists and DJs, prominent comedians, and even an Olympic gold medalist will be among the cast members of everyone’s favourite baking program, which will return with a truly star-studded lineup. This year’s Bake Off celebrity competition will include a big group of 20 celebrities, who will compete over the course of five weeks this spring, with four bakers stepping up to the kitchen counter each week.
Fans of The Great British Bake Off celebrity Netflix show and charming British celebrities in the United States will be happy to hear both good and bad news. The good news is that James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Katherine Ryan will compete in a reduced version of the renowned baking competition to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer in this year’s star-studded charity edition of the series, the annual Great Celebrity Bake Off. The bad news is that it’s bad, bad, bad, bad, bad, awful, bad, bad, bad, and poor. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news is that not only will The Great Celebrity Bake Off not be added to Netflix, but it also won’t be streamable anywhere else outside of the U.K.
It’s a truly devastating turn of events for any non-U.K. resident who wanted nothing more than to watch Mr. Tumnus construct a legitimately impressive cake in the shape of a snow leopard. (Guilty!) That said, you can still take in at least a small sampling of the delightful five-episode series thanks to The Great British Bake Off celebrity Netflix’s blessedly regular updates to its social media pages, which, along with all the info about the series that we’ve gathered below, will easily tide you over until you’re ready to pick up and move to the U.K. just to gain access to Channel 4’s online streaming site.
What is the Great Celebrity Bake Off?
The celebrity bake-off The 2019 Show has partnered with Stand Up to Cancer for the past four years to produce a celebrity version of the long-running baking series to generate money for the charity. Each season has five episodes, each with a different set of four renowned Brits competing. Aisling Bea, John Lithgow, Russell Brand, James Blunt, and Tan France have all competed in the past.
The Great Celebrity Bake Off online show follows the standard structure of the Baking Show, with three challenges—a signature, technical, and showstopper—followed by the crowning of a star baker from among the amateur bakers. The judges and hosts are the same as on the original show; this year, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are judging, and Matt Lucas is hosting alone because Noel Fielding was on paternity leave at the time of production.
Celebrity Baking Contest 2021 Baking competitions, such as the one shown above for making Victoria sponge, are a part of the traditional English village fete that inspired the series. Producer Anna Beattie came up with the idea for the baking competition after conversing with a friend who had seen “bake-offs” in America. “I loved the idea of village fetes and an old-fashioned baking competition with people who were just trying to make a good cake,” Beattie said of the traditional English village fête baking competitions. Beattie, on the other hand, was unable to arouse the interest of any channel in the proposal for four years.
In early 2009, they pitched the idea to Janice Hadlow, then-controller of BBC Two. The proposal from Hadlow and Commissioning Editor Charlotte Moore was approved, and the show was commissioned and produced over the next six months. The creative team first chose Mary Berry as a judge, and then, after an audition, Paul Hollywood was added.
The series is shot in bunting-draped marquees in gorgeous gardens, emulating the atmosphere of an English village fête. The filming locations changed in the first series, but from the second series onward, only one location was used for each season. With the exception of Series 11, when the COVID-19 outbreak cut production down to six weeks, the show is usually filmed over a period of 12 to 13 weeks, usually on weekends.
Amateur bakers who apply to be on the 2019 Celebrity Bake Off show are first evaluated by a researcher, followed by a London audition with two of their baked goods. They next go through a screen test and a producer interview. In a second audition, the candidates must bake two recipes in front of the judges and the cameras. Between 10 and 13 individuals are chosen for the programme after a psychological evaluation.
Changes in the broadcast and personnel
The first episode of The Great British Bake Off: Celebrity Edition on Netflix aired on BBC Two on August 17, 2010. It aired on BBC Two for four years, growing in popularity to become the channel’s most popular show. It was relocated to BBC One in its fifth season, where it stayed for three years. In 2015 and 2016, it was the most-watched show on British television.
Following lengthy negotiations, Love Productions announced that the seventh series of the show will be the show’s final BBC airing. Love and Channel 4 signed a three-year agreement to air the show on September 12, 2016. The global distribution rights to the show, which are expected to be renewed in 2028, are still owned by BBC Studios. When the show was moved to a new network, Giedroyc and Perkins declared that they would not be returning.
Watch The Great British Bake Off with a VPN
Using a VPN (virtual private network), which allows you to surf the internet while pretending to be in a different country than where you are, is by far the best way to watch Celebrity Bake Off 2019 on All 4 from outside the UK. You’ll be able to view the episode on the same day it airs in the UK and avoid spoilers.
There are a lot of VPNs out there, but our favourites are NordVPN and Surfshark, which we’ve found to be dependable, fast, and reasonably priced. Take a look at our list of the top VPNs for streaming video if you want to see what else is available. You can download a free VPN from one of our recommendations if you’d rather save some money to pay for your pastries to munch on while watching Bake Off. Be aware, however, that free VPNs have slower speeds, lower bandwidths, and store your data, all things that paid VPNs do not do. Once you have your chosen VPN, simply install it on your device—most work on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and more. Here are the rest of the steps you need to take:
- Connect to the UK sever on your chosen VPN
Watch The Great British Baking Show on Netflix
While the Celebrity Bake Off 2021 cast series is not currently available on Netflix, the main series, The Great British Baking Show, is. If you’re not signed up, accounts start at US$8.99 per month, and you can sign up on the Netflix website. the great british bake off celebrity netflix Show drop on Netflix kicks off on Friday 24 September 2021, and each new episode will release on Fridays. In addition, if you’re not in the US but have a Netflix account, you can also watch The Baking Show on this streaming service by using a VPN. Simply download your VPN, connect to a US server, sign in to Netflix as usual, and search for the great celebrity bake-off to watch online. You can find more in our guide to watching Netflix US from abroad.