The first seasons of The Great British Baking Show, with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood at the helm, have been hiding in plain sight!
As America waits impatiently for the new season of The Great British Baking Show to premiere on Netflix, it’s likely that the most die hard fans have been watching previous seasons on repeat to fill the time. But, finding the earliest seasons starring Mary Berry has been quite a task….until now.
As much as viewers love recent seasons of the show, there’s just something about those first few seasons that was different…special even. During Bake Off‘s first season, the tent moved from week to week throughout the UK as bakers tackled various baking challenges set forth by the judges. The competitors were completely unaware of the baking fever they were about to set in motion.
America was first introduced to The Great British Bake Off (airing as The Great British Baking Show in the U.S.) in 2014.
It aired on PBS four years after it premiered in the U.K. But, when the Baking Show was removed from PBS, some of its earliest seasons seemed to disappear. Even YouTube clips have been removed without explanation.
Seasons 8 through 12 (listed as Collections 5-9) can be seen on Netflix. The eighth season of The Great British Baking Show marked the first without Mary Berry who left along with hosts Mel Geidroyc and Sue Perkins when Bake Off was moved from BBC to Channel 4. While Paul Hollywood’s new co-judge Prue Leith has endeared herself to the hearts of viewers as a compassionate and fair judge, longtime fans have longed to go back and watch the Mary Berry seasons.
Mary Berry fans have reason to rejoice!
After much research and heavy digging, it was discovered that the first 7 seasons of The Great British Bake Off are available on Roku! Roku is a free streaming app that can be dowloaded to any smart tv or mobile phone.
For those counting down the days until September 16 when Season 13 of the Bake Off premieres on Netflix, go check out the old seasons. It will serve as a sweet reminder of why we all fell in love with The Great British Baking Show to begin with.
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