How to watch The Great British Bake Off online

The tenth season of The Great British Bake Off will premiere on August 27 at 8 PM BST (12 PM PST / 3 PM EST). There’ll be a new episode every Tuesday night until the final, which should be on October 29, assuming the show follows the same schedule as in previous years. There’s certainly a lot to look forward to, and below, we’ll explain how to live stream The Great British Bake Off online for free, from anywhere.

Note that we’ll only be recommending official sources. The Great British Bake Off is a hugely-popular show, even outside of the UK, meaning unlicensed streams will almost certainly be available. However, we advise against using these as they can be taken down at any moment for copyright violation. And often only provide laggy, low-resolution video. You can watch Bake Off for free anyway, so there’s no need to resort to shady, unreliable streams.

This show will only air on region-locked platforms. As such, you’ll need a VPN to watch The Great British Bake Off season 10 abroad.

How to watch The Great British Bake Off with a VPN

VPNs can seem intimidating at first but they actually make it very easy to access geo-blocked services abroad. Follow the steps below to unblock and stream The Great British Bake Off from the USA, Canada, Australia, or anywhere else.

Here’s how to watch The Great British Bake Off online abroad with a VPN:

  1. First, sign up for a suitable VPN. We particularly recommend ExpressVPN but NordVPN and CyberGhost are both great low-cost alternatives.
  2. Download the appropriate version of your VPN’s app for your device and log in.
  3. Connect to one of your VPN’s British servers (ideally in London or another major city).
  4. Now, create an All 4 account. You’ll be asked to enter a British address but this is actually optional, so feel free to leave this section blank.
  5. Log in to All 4 and try playing a video. If you see an error (“The service is not currently available in your area”), clear your browser’s cache and cookies then reload the page.

This show will air live, and as such, we recommend making sure your VPN works before Bake Off season 10 is due to start. This way, you’ll know of any problems in advance and will have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team.

How to live stream The Great British Bake Off for free on UK TV

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Channel 4 is the exclusive broadcaster of The Great British Bake Off, as it has been for the last few seasons. This means that British viewers can stream all ten episodes live and free-of-charge on All 4. You won’t have to worry about missing an episode either, as they’ll be available on-demand for 30 days after airing.

Looking to catch up on older episodes? Netflix UK currently has seasons 1–7, plus a 30-day free trial. This means you can sign up, watch as much as you’d like, and cancel to avoid being charged. Unfortunately, though, the only way to stream seasons 8 and 9 is to buy them on Amazon Prime Video for £18.99 each.

You should note that British law requires you to have a TV license if you’re watching anything online at the same time that it’s on TV. As such, you’ll need a license to stream Bake Off live, but not if you only watch it on-demand. All 4 doesn’t actually check whether or not you have one, though, instead relying entirely on an honor system.

All 4 is region-locked and only available in the UK but you can access it from abroad using a VPN. Still don’t have one? ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning you can use it to watch The Great British Bake Off outside of the UK and simply claim a full refund if you’re unsatisfied.

How to watch The Great British Bake Off season 10 on US TV

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You can watch prior seasons of The Great British Bake Off on Netflix US, although it’s called The Great British Baking Show. Additionally, Netflix lists the seasons out of order since this show didn’t come to the US until a few years after it began. Currently, seasons 4–9 are available although they’re called “Collections” 1–6. Collection 7 (which is really season 10) will arrive on August 30, just a few days after it begins in the UK.

America also has a spin-off called The Great American Baking Show, who’s fifth season is set to begin sometime in December. Previously, older episodes were available on ABC but these have since expired. As such, the only way to watch is on Amazon Prime Video. This is less than ideal, however, as only the first season (entitled The American Baking Competition) is available, and it costs $4.99.

To access ABC, Netflix US, or Amazon Prime US, you’ll either have to be in the US or connected to an American VPN server.

How to watch international versions of The Great British Bake Off online

The Great British Bake Off season 10 will only be shown in two countries, but several others have released their own version of the show, so there’s likely something similar to keep you occupied while you wait:

The Great British Bake Off season 10 will only be shown in two countries, but several others have released their own version of the show, so there’s likely something similar to keep you occupied while you wait:

Canada

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The third season of The Great Canadian Baking Show will begin on September 18. Canadian fans will be able to watch new episodes live, for free, by signing up for CBC Gem. As an added bonus, this service currently allows you to stream every episode from seasons 1 and 2 on-demand, as well as season 4–9 of The Great British Baking Show.

CBC Gem is geo-restricted and can only be accessed in Canada. If you’re in another country, you’ll have to connect to one of your VPN’s Canadian servers.

Brazil

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Bake Off Brazil just started its fifth season and airs every Saturday at 10:30 PM local time on SBT. Fans of the show can stream new episodes live, free-of-charge, and without registration, although SBT doesn’t allow you to watch prior episodes on-demand.

SBT is free-to-use but can only be accessed if you’re in Brazil or using a Brazilian VPN server.

Other locations

With regional versions of The Great British Bake Off in over a dozen countries, there’s a good chance that there’s one where you are. The show’s Wikipedia page has a list of all international Bake Off shows, as well as their current status (canceled, airing, and so on), and the network they’re on.

What do we know about season 10 of The Great British Bake Off?

If you’ve seen The Great British Bake Off before, you’ll have a good idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are both returning as judges, and the inimitable Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig will be back as the show’s hosts in season 10.

Having said that, there are a couple of differences this year: Paul Hollywood has recently revealed that he thought the challenges in previous years were “too difficult”. In order to encourage viewers to try the recipes out for themselves at home, the challenges have been simplified slightly in season 10, although the level of competition will still be very high.

The second change is that this year’s bakers are, on average, younger than those who have appeared in previous seasons. This could be a bid to lure in dispel the idea that baking shows are exclusively for older viewers but given Bake Off’s already immense popularity with young adults, it seems a tad unnecessary.

Who are this year’s bakers?

As ever, 13 bakers will compete in The Great British Bake Off. Below, we’ve listed this year’s contestants and a little bit about each of them:

  • David Atherton, aged 36, health advisor from London
  • Henry Bird, aged 20, student from Durham
  • Steph Blackwell, aged 28, shop assistant from Chester
  • Rosie Brandreth-Poynter, aged 28, veterinary surgeon from Somerset
  • Michael Chakraverty, aged 26, theater manager from Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Dan Chambers, aged 32, support worker from Rotherham
  • Michelle Evans-Fecci, aged 35, print shop administrator from Tenby
  • Alice Fevronia, aged 28, geography teacher from London
  • Jamie Finn, aged 20, waiter from Surrey
  • Helena Garica, aged 40, project manager from Leeds
  • Amelie Le Bruin, aged 24, fashion designer from London
  • Priya O’ Shea, aged 34, marketing consultant from Leicester
  • Phil Thorne, aged 56, HGV driver from Rainham