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The Great British Baking Show is a competition for bakers based in the United Kingdom. This highly popular competition has also been shown on public television stations all across the Untied States. Contestants are invited by the show's producers each season to demonstrate their skills to the judges. At the end of each episode, one person is declared the Star Baker while another person is eliminated and sent home. The show ends when a final winner is chosen from the contestants by the judges.

Each episode of The Great British Baking Show begins with an initial competition. Contestants are asked to bake a given item such as gluten free rolls or sweet petit fours that can be served to a crowd. Contestants are watched by the audience as they work through the process of creating a particular kind of dessert. Viewers are shown the details of the dessert each particular baker is creating including the basic flavors of the product such as honey and strawberry and then given a drawing of what the baker hopes the end product will look like once the product is finished. Bakers are shown commenting on the process of baking certain items and telling the viewer what they hope the end product will ultimately look and taste like.

During the episode, blind judging takes place. Judges are given a number for each contestant. Viewers listen as the judges comment on the product they are given to sample. Comments typically include commentary on the texture of the item as well as the overall look and whether or not the baker has used the proper baking techniques to create the desired end result. Each baked item is ranked and each baker given feedback about the product before they are kept or sent home.

The Great British Baking Show is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (133 episodes). The series first aired on December 28, 2014.

The Great British Baking Show is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Great British Baking Show on demand atApple TV+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla, iTunes, PBS online.

Sunday 7:00 PM et/pt on PBS
11 Seasons, 133 Episodes
December 28, 2014
Food, Reality
8.6/10
Cast: Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood
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The Great British Baking Show Full Episode Guide

  • Custard slices send the chefs scrambling, walnut whirls have them in a twirl, then dessert towers push them to new heights. Whose bakes take the cake?

  • Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding present this year's semi-final, the last four bakers facing three patisserie challenges to decide who will be going through to next week's final. The signature round features plenty of alcohol, while the technical challenge sets the bakers the task of making pastry horns. Finally, for the Showstopper, they must use all the precision they can muster to construct a cake made entirely from smaller cakes.

  • Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding host a 1980s-themed episode of the contest. The signature challenge features a classic quiche, while the technical round requires the bakers to master a popular retro sweet treat. For their final showstopper task, the contestants must keep their cool while preparing an ice cream cake before judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood pick this week's star baker and decide who will be leaving the tent.

  • Konnichiwa, bakers! Cuteness reigns supreme as Japanese Week brings winsome steamed buns, cunning matcha crepe cakes and kicky kawaii showstoppers.

  • Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding present the halfway point of the culinary contest, with pastry week. The bakers must put their own stamp on a Cornish classic and are set a retro technical challenge. For the showstopper round, they must concoct a classic tart in a pastry cage, before judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood decide who will be this week's star baker and who will be going home.

  • The competition starts to heat up during Chocolate Week, as Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood set three tricky challenges to test the remaining bakers. There's a deceptively simple traybake in the Signature, a Technical packed full of chocolate and nuts, and a celebration Showstopper that pushes the bakers' skills with white chocolate to the limit. Who will impress Prue and Paul enough to keep their place in the tent, and who will be heading home?

  • Just what you knead. Free-form soda breads, vivid rainbow-colored bagels and mighty, meaningful harvest plaques see the cooks rising to the occasion.

  • Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding present Biscuit Week. The Signature challenge involves a sophisticated combination of fruit, nut and chocolate, and the bakers must then produce two takes on a tropical Technical. For the Showstopper round, they are challenged to create an elaborate table setting made entirely from biscuits, before judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decide who will be crowned Star Baker and who will be leaving the contest this week.

  • The contest begins with Cake Week, beginning with a signature challenge to produce a classic Battenberg. For the technical round, Paul sets the contestants the task of making a fruit sponge, and the final Showstopper Challenge gives the bakers a chance to express their creativity.

  • Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host the final of the culinary competition. As family and friends gather on the lawn outside, the last three bakers enter the tent to prepare a chocolate cake as their signature bake. For the technical challenge, they must master that most delicate of dishes, the souffle, and finally for their showstopper, they must create an edible illusion using only cake, sweet bread and biscuits.

  • Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host a special festival-themed round of the culinary competition. The episode kicks off with a signature challenge in which the bakers must draw inspiration from celebrations across the world. Moving on to the technical round, the contestants find the makings of a classic deep-fried Italian dish lurking beneath the mysterious gingham cloths. Finally, the Showstopper puts the bakers' precision and creativity to the test before judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith decide who will be crowned StarBaker.

  • Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host Dessert Week as the baking contest crosses the half-way point. The signature challenge is an elegant and challenging bake with a lot of delicate layers, while the technical round will test the bakers' ability to pull off delicate assembly and precise decoration. Finally, for the Showstopper, they must create a spherical celebration cake. Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood are on hand to taste the results - and decide who will be crowned Star Baker and who will be leaving the tent this week.

  • Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig introduce a special round of the baking challenge in which contestants must create confectionery inspired by the Roaring Twenties. The signature challenge involves a decorative twist on custard pies, while the technical round will be a test of the bakers' timing and consistency. Finally, for the Shows, they must create a three-tiered masterpiece inspired by their tipple of choice. Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are on hand to assess the results of their efforts and decide who will be leaving the tent.

  • Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig host Dairy Week, with Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood judging the baker's efforts. The first of the three challenges is a decorative signature bake that involves a tricky turn-out. The bakers then move onto the technical challenge, which is a complex recipe with a long history that dates back to Henry VIII. With the first day behind them, the contestants regroup for the final challenge of the week - an intricate showstopper usually found at the centre of Indian weddings.

  • Bread Week has arrived, and the remaining bakers face the challenge of proving their worth with Paul's speciality. First, the contestants must prepare a signature bake that is designed to be shared, while the ingredients for a popular summer staple are lurking beneath the gingham cloth in the technical challenge. Finally, an ambitious Showstopper will test their steady hands and artistic flair.

  • It's the second round of the culinary competition, which this time focuses on biscuits. For the signature round, the contestants must concoct a luxurious chocolate-coated bake. The technical challenge is a nostalgic one for Paul Hollywood, who asks the contestants to prepare a snack that was a favourite of his father's. Finally, the showstopper round requires the bakers to rise to an eye-catching challenge that is designed to test which of them will snap under the pressure.

  • The series gets underway with cake week - during which two of the bakers will be sent home. The first stage of the challenge features a fruit cake, while the technical is a retro classic that requires intricate decoration. Finally, for the showstopper, the contestants must create the birthday cake they wish they had received as a child.

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