The days are getting shorter and the news is getting bleaker each day, but the arrival of November also brings with it a bright spot: The Great British Baking Show is coming back to Netflix, with all its soggy-bottom joy and saucy-puds cheer. Okay, not all of it: There is still no Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, or Mel Giedroyc, but Paul Hollywood holds his own among the new hosts.
"Collection 6," as its titled by Netflix, will start streaming on Friday, November 9, with the new cast of judges: Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith, and Paul Hollywood. The episodes already aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. earlier this year (as The Great British Bake Off, a title they can't use in the U.S. because of Pillsbury's trademark on "bakeoff"), so those on the other side of the pond have already previewed season nine — and Fielding's new haircut.
Apparently, it was quite the scandal when the series aired — he even jokes on-air about the shorter hair and prominent sideburns, and the show's Twitter account put out an APB for his "goth hair."
The only thing weirder than his facial hair decisions, though, is the trailer for the new season. Until the 9th, American fans have only the strange, mildly creepy world of anthropomorphic baked goods shown on the Channel 4 trailer for the season to tide them over: cupcakes begging for air, insecure cakes, flying scones, and so much more. Reports from the U.K. are that the season includes challenges like "Vegan Week," and campfire baking.
And the good news for fans continues beyond this month, too: Once we make it to the show itself, Eater reports that there's plenty more in the works, like a two-episode holiday special and another season slated for next year.
Will you be tuning in on November 9?