Giant streaming service Netflix has acquired the rights to show the Channel 4 version of fan-favourite The Great British Baking Show in the U.S.
The show (known in the U.K. as The Great British Bake Off) has found rabid fans in the U.S, but in the past, American viewers had to wait months to view seasons of their favourite series. Not any more. Netflix will upload the latest season of Bake Off on Friday, November 9, only 10 days after the show chose its latest winner (which we will not dare spoil here) on Tuesday night. It does still mean U.S. viewers should definitely avoid Googling anything because spoilers are going to be fresh all over the internet. The BBC reported that the show's finale was watched live by 7.5 million viewers. That's up slightly from the 7.3 million viewers who watched the finale a year ago.
Netflix describes the latest version of the show as Collection 6, according to Eater. That's because its group of Bake Off episodes include four seasons of the original show, which featured judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. These aired on PBS, which called them The Great British Baking Show, as Pillsbury has a lock on the term "bake-off" in the United States.
This is the second series of GBBS to go straight to Netflix. The first season, which debuted in August, was also the U.K.’s first with a new cast of judges and hosts taking over after the show moved from BBC One to Channel 4 last year. Paul Hollywood stayed, while Mary Berry was replaced by Prue Leith, and co-hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins were replaced by Sandy Toksvig and Noel Fielding. The revamped GBBO received largely positive reception from both critics and fans. Hollywood and all three “new” castmates return (with Fielding's mop significantly trimmed, and showing off some serious sideburns) for the upcoming season.
Netflix also has plans to stream a GBBS holiday special this year and another season of the series (the U.K.'s season ten) early next year.