When does Bake Off start in 2021 and can you watch it on Netflix?

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The Great British Bake Off is back now for 2021 and with episodes going out every week, fans want to know whether you can watch Bake Off on Netflix. 

Along with a whole host of new contestant ready to show off their skills, questions about where Bake Off is filmed this year are coming up as the show has taken to a new location this year after the baking show's move to Channel 4 in 2017 . But some things have stayed the same, as much-loved judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back and probably hoping to see fewer 'soggy bottoms' from the bakes on offer this year. Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding are also returning with their own unique brand of presenting magic as hosts of the reality baking contest.

So, with whisks and innuendos at the ready, when does Bake Off finally start and can you watch it on Netflix?

When does Bake Off start in 2021?

The Great British Bake Off 2021 started on Tuesday 21st September at 8pm, Channel 4 confirmed.

The series has been filmed in 'bubbles' this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But the show is still expected to feature the usual 10 episodes and in each episode, viewers will see the amateur bakers take on three challenges based on that week's theme: a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a show-stopper.

With their bakes laid before the judges at the end of each challenge, it's down to Paul and Prue to decide which is their favourite following the blind tasting.

With one episode already available to watch, take a look at some of the series' highlights so far:

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For the first show-stopper challenge, bakers had to defy the laws of gravity.

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Each week, the judges award one baker the title of 'star baker' while another is eliminated from the competition and sent home. This goes on until the quarter-final and semi-final, with just three contestants making it through to the final.

But having the title of 'star baker' is just a symbolic gesture and by no means does it guarantee them being put through to the following week.

If they are lucky enough to make it through, though, they get the chance to wear a badge on their apron during the next round.

Can you watch Bake Off on Netflix?

Yes, you can watch Bake Off on Netflix. Variety confirmed that the new series will be streamed for audiences around the world shortly after its UK broadcast.

Bake Off became the fifth most-streamed show among American audiences in October 2020 after Netflix released episodes of show in America three days after they ran in the UK.

Since then, both US and UK audiences have been able to enjoy a backlog of episodes featuring past Great British Bake Off contestants (opens in new tab) as well as Bake Off: The Professionals (opens in new tab) and Celebrity Bake Off (opens in new tab) in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer.

And now with the amateur main series upon us, fear not, if you're planning a late sunshine getaway you'll still be able to watch your favourite show without missing an episode.

Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding as you can now watch Bake Off on Netflix

Bake Off is available to watch on Netflix now, Credit: Channel 4
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When does Bake Off go on All 4?

The first episode of the new season of Bake Off is now available to watch on All 4. 

Each episode will appear on the catch-up site soon after it finishes live on Channel 4 as well as appearing on Netflix.

To watch All 4, you must have a television license. However, you do not need one to watch Bake Off 2021 on Netflix.

Who are the Bake Off 2021 contestants?

Bake Off 2021 contestants have now been unveiled...

Amanda

Age: 56 | Location: London | Job: Detective with the Metropolitan Police

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"Absolutely thrilled to be part of the bake off family," Amanda wrote on Instagram, announcing that she was joining the show for the 2021 season.

Chigs

Age: 40 | Location: Leicestershire | Job: Sales Manager

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Calling his choice to go on the show "one of the biggest risks" of his life, contestant Chigs only started baking for the first time during the lockdown last year.

Crystelle

Age: 26 | Location: London | Job: Client Relationship Manager

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Another new comer to the world of baking, Crystelle only started baking three years ago. She loves fusing spices from the places she's travelled to in her baking, evidenced by the delicious array of foods on her Instagram account.

Freya 

Age: 19 | Location: North Yorkshire | Job: Student

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Freya is a psychology student, model and normally creates all her cakes with exclusively vegan ingredients. Speaking about the requirement to use the same non-vegan ingredients during the technical challenge as everyone else on the show, Freya said that she had "plans to Veganise the recipes" from the show when it's over.

George

Age: 34 | Location: London | Job: Shared Lives Co-ordinator

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George also takes inspiration from his Greek-Cypriot heritage in his baking, cooking up all the classic Greek dishes in his spare time. While only one episode in, it's clear George has a good eye for detail and looks for perfection in his presentation.

Giuseppe

Age: 45 | Location: Bristol | Job: Chief Engineer

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Giuseppe is a self-confessed "food snob" who took to baking after becoming committed to feeding his children homemade sweets, rather than anything mass produced. Originally from Italy, he takes inspiration from the country and from his father, who was a professional chef.

Jairzeno

Age: 51 | Location: London | Job: Head of Finance

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Jairzeno's cakes are really something! Just check out his Instagram for some of the marvellous creations we can expect to see over the coming weeks. From Neapolitan pound cake to an illustrious guava, pink grapefruit and chilli creation, we can't wait to see what he bakes next. 

Jürgen

Age: 56 | Location: Sussex | Job: IT Professional 

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"A bake without sugar is like a breath of fresh air," Jürgen says. After moving to the UK and being unable to find the traditional breads made in his home country of Germany, Jürgen decided to make his own. Now the baker is known for his breads, particularly the Jewish challah bread.

Lizzie

Age: 28 | Location: Liverpool | Job: Car Production Operative

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This cake enthusiast prefers simple baking and believes that flavour and quantity come up trumps over precision. Announcing her appearance on the show, Lizzie wrote on Instagram, "BRING ON THE BAKES. I am dumbfounded to be able to say I have been in bake off tent !!!! But more excited for you to get to know the amazingly talented and awe-inspiring bakers I now get to call my mates😊."

Maggie

Age: 70 | Location: Dorset | Job: Retired Nurse and Midwife 

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Pictured here alongside host Prue Leith, Maggie is another contestant on Bake Off 2021. She has a HUGE collection of recipe books and loves to make traditional bakes and cakes, but also like to challenge herself with different and exciting flavours.

Rochica

Age: 27 | Location: Birmingham | Job: Junior HR Business Partner

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"SO late to the party (as usual) BUT I am EXTREMELY EXCITED to officially announce that I am going on The Great British Bake Off," Rochica said on Instagram when she revealed she was going on the show. "This still doesn't seem real!"

Tom

Age: 28 | Location: Kent | Job: Software Developer

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"Well, isn't this exciting! Looks like the most surreal experience of my life has taken a turn for the stranger! 😁😋🍰," said Tom of his Bake Off experience. "I hope you are all looking forward to this year's series! I've had the best time getting to know the other lovely bakers this year, so I'm sure you all will too!"

Who won Great British Bake Off 2020?

Edinburgh student Peter Sawkins was crowned winner of the 2020 Great British Bake Off.

The 20-year-old triumphed in what the judges described as the 'closest final' in the TV show's 11-year history.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.