‘The Great British Baking Show’: When Does Collection 9 Drop on Netflix?

Get ready to return to the tent because The Great British Baking Show Collection 9 is set to drop sooner than it takes to make a meringue. Fans have loved the show since Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood invited some of Britain’s best amateur bakers to the tent in 2010. It’s so exciting when we hear the hosts say, “On your marks, get set, bake!”

In 2020, everyone from Paul Hollywood to the kitchen cleaners quarantined together in a “Bake Off bubble” so they could film collection 8, and it was a welcome surprise to see it premiere after lockdown. Now they’re doing the same for collection 9. Judges Paul Hollwood and Prue Leith and hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas will return, and we can’t wait to see what happens.

What’s the difference between ‘The Great British Baking Show’ and ‘The Great British Bake Off’?

The only confusing thing about The Great British Baking Show, aside from the often complicated bakes, is its name. The Great British Baking Show premieres weekly in collections on Netflix while The Great British Bake Off premieres in series every week on Channel 4 (used to be BBC) in Britain. In fact, the reason why Mary Berry left the show was because of its channel change.

The name confusion is because General Mills’ owns Pillsbury, which owns the trademark for “bake-off.” Pillsbury even has their own “bake-off” competition, founded back in 1949, reports Insider. To make it even more confusing, PBS first aired the show in America with season 5, during series three in the UK, then season 2, 1, 3, and 4. While that was happening, Netflix first dropped The Beginnings and then started its collections in season four. So The Great British Bake Off is returning for series 12 while The Great British Baking Show is returning for collection 9. Even more confusing is The Great American Baking Show, which started airing in America in 2015.

In 2020, when collection eight (season 11) premiered, American fans had to wait three days after Channel 4 originally aired them in the UK. So when this collection premieres, be sure to stay away from spoilers from UK publications, or else you’ll already know who leaves and what drama happens before the episode is ready to stream on Netflix.

Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry in the tent.
Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry | Sam Spurgeon/Comic Relief/Getty Images

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When does collection 9 of ‘The Great British Baking Show’ premiere on Netflix?

According to Collider, collection 9 of The Great British Baking Show is set to premiere this fall. Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact date yet. Series 11 premiered in the UK on September 22, 2020, and collection 8 premiered on Netflix on September 25, 2020. So if that’s anything to go by, we’ll have to wait another month.

According to Decider, the cast and crew will once again enter a “Bake Off bubble” to ensure the safety of everyone, and so they can give fans what they want. This also means the tent will be open-air, which is not exactly ideal for the bakers who are baking at an extreme speed and in hot weather. But at least being in the “Bake Off bubble” will allow the contestants the chance to bond as the contestants did in 2020.

In 2020, the show was one of the only productions to figure out a safe way of filming during the height of the pandemic. This year they’ll also return to Down Hall Hotel Spa and Estate, located outside of London.

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What can we expect from collection 9?

As far as what we can expect from the new collection, well, it’ll be the same old, only new. There’ll be new contestants, new bakes, new technologies, and new drama.

We hate seeing one of the bakers drop something or mess up, but that’s sort of the intriguing thing about the show. We don’t know if they’ll finish or completely ruin everything. The Great British Baking Show is like American Idol. Watching the first amateurs fail is so funny, but then when it comes time to choose between who goes home, we’re gripping onto our seats, praying Paul and Prue don’t pick our favorite baker. We can’t wait to see what this year’s bakers come up with and who will win that fancy cake dish.