'The Great British Baking Show' 2021: What We Know

You'll get to see a new batch of bakers return to the tent this fall.

noel, prue, paul and matt with the bakers
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The Great British Baking Show has been a balm during the last few stormy years, with fans tuning in to watch bakers attempt complicated recipes while offering each other more encouragement than harsh competition. Luckily for us, Netflix has announced that TV's most heartwarming competition show will return very soon—on September 24, 2021, to be exact.

And Netflix just released a clip from Friday's season premiere, which appears to be the show's classic Cake Week. The video reveals this year's 12 bakers, and we get to see them enter the tent for the first time. They also quickly get in the action as they load their ovens, roll their cakes, and assemble the first jaw-dropping, gravity-defying showstoppers of the season.

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For those who are new to the show, the British baking competition, known in the U.K. as The Great British Bake Off, takes place over several weeks of challenges. Judges have amateur bakers make complicated cakes, biscuits (British for hard cookies), breads and pastries. One contestant gets crowned the "Star Baker" each week, with another getting eliminated. At the end, one baker wins the show's famous engraved cake stand.

When will The Great British Baking Show air in 2021?

Netflix has announced that The Great British Baking Show's new 10-episode season will premiere on September 24 in the U.S., with new episodes dropping every Friday. For those of you across the pond (or with access through a VPN), each episode will air in the U.K. on Channel 4 three days before they drop on Netflix, starting September 21, per Variety.

The cooking competition show will come back nearly a year after the show's 2020 season, which ran on Netflix last September. As with the 2021 season, each episode hit the U.S. streaming service three days after they aired in the U.K.

U.K. viewers got to see The Great Celebrity Bake Off earlier this year, but that edition of the show unfortunately never made it across the pond.

Where is The Great British Baking Show filmed?

The latest season was filmed at the Down Hall Hotel Spa and Estate just outside London, with production under a strict COVID lockdown. A surprise teaser dropped earlier this month showed us the first glimpse of the baking tent for this year. The clip, soundtracked by the show's theme, has us dreaming of this year's new bakes.

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The show first filmed at Down Hall last season, where it was one of the first shows to resume production after pandemic shutdowns. Host Matt Lucas confirmed to the Radio Times that filming began last May in the "Bake Off Bubble," with the cast and crew taking over Down Hall and setting up the baking tent.

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Who will host The Great British Baking Show?

The show's long-standing judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are confirmed to return. Also returning are veteran host Noel Fielding and newbie Matt Lucas, who took over hosting duties from Sandi Toksvig last season.

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Who's in the cast of The Great British Baking Show?

This year's cast hasn't been announced, but apparently this year's bakers have already become quick friends in the Bake Off Bubble. Sources told British tabloid The Sun that the judges and hosts typically join the bakers and the rest of the staff at the hotel bar after filming.

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