Netflix nabs U.S. rights to air new episodes of The Great British Baking Show

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The Great British Bake Off, the most charming and lovely piece of English pop culture since Paddington Bear, had been airing stateside on PBS as The Great British Baking Show, albeit several seasons behind. But since moving from commercial-free BBC to commercial network Channel 4 in 2017, and losing beloved judge Mary Berry and co-hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, the revamped show has not yet aired in the United States.

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On Thursday, Netflix announced that it has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to The Great British Baking Show, with new hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding, new judge Prue Leith, alongside mainstay Paul Hollywood. Netflix will drop 10 episodes of U.K. series eight (the first with the new hosting roster) on Aug. 31. Netflix will air U.K. series nine in America later this year, and will broadcast the yet-to-be-aired U.K. series 10 in America in the fall of 2019. Netflix also announced two-episode holiday specials will be airing every year through 2020. The good news about the Netflix version: commercial-free!

And if you still having Mel and Sue withdrawals, Netflix also announced it’ll also be adding the U.K. series three of Bake Off (currently only series four through seven are on Netflix).

Kevin Pang was the founding editor of The Takeout, and director of the documentary For Grace.

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The US publishers snoozed and losed with me so I searched my own ways of viewing; if anyone out there is stressing the new episodes are just as good. Noel, Sandi and Prue are naturals and honestly there aren’t any noticeable growing pains.