The Great British Baking Show's holiday edition is actually better than the original
The Great British Baking Show's holiday edition is actually better than the original ( Source : twitter )


Olly Alexander, Lydia West, and Nathaniel Curtis are some of the cast of The Great British Baking Show: Holidays on Netflix.

Known as television's kindest competition, the program has not had the best last few years, declining in viewership since the eighth season when it jumped from public television to Channel 4 and Netflix.

But the cast and crew are not part of the problem as the criticism remains well deserved with likable personalities. The challenges are not what they used to be, consequently letting the rating tank off with its lack of thrill. The 13th season was a disaster, with fans calling it a ruin of their all tradition, as the recipes were not even close to baking.

So it is up to the holiday edition to regain its reputation with its two episodes. The Christmas spirit may make or break its future, as one spade would get devoted to the holiday, and the next would be to the New Year.

Indeed, only time will tell if the latest season descends on the steaming platform on Friday, November 18.

Meet The Cast Of The Great British Baking Show: Holidays.

The Great British Baking Show: Holiday Edition cast includes Olly Alexander, Lydia West and Nathaniel Curtis, among others. 

Many have already called it better than the original, with its all-star cast of four bakers going against each other. They are here to take things off and make the holidays captivating as the hand-picked fan favorites from the past season as they hope for a second chance to covet the winning title. 

Olly Alexander

The Great Christmas Bake Off featured It's A Sin stars Olly Alexander who got a handshake from Paul Hollywood
The Great Christmas Bake Off featured It's A Sin stars Olly Alexander who got a handshake from Paul Hollywood ( Source : dailystar )

British singer and actor Oliver Alexander Thornton is 32 years old and originally from northern Yorkshire. He works as the lead singer of Years & Years and remains the darling of Chanel's four-dram series, It's a Sin.

Indeed, it's not his first time putting his skills to use as he also partook in the previous season of the program. Fans went wild after discovering his hidden talents as his leftover veggie Xmas pie impressed judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood.

His company must add a great cook to his portfolio, as he is here to give the other contestants a run for their money. 

Lydia West

It’s a Sin star Lydia West on the hit Channel 4 drama
It’s a Sin star Lydia West on the hit Channel 4 drama ( Source : thetimes )

29-year-old Lydia West is friends with Alexander as they worked together in the Channel four drama Its a Sin. The Islington, London native called Identity School of Acting her alma mater and worked in Years and Years. Her compelling performance has earned her a BAFTA nomination. 

As a child, she got intensive training in ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary dance but had to quit because of an injury.

After getting her degree in business, she dived into acting, working for BBC and HBO before scoring the role of Monique Thompson in the Apple TV+ series Suspicion and Netflix comedy The Pentaverate. 

Nathaniel Curtis

Actor Nathaniel Curtis talks about his role in It’s A Sin
Actor Nathaniel Curtis talks about his role in It’s A Sin ( Source : bbc )

English actor Nathaniel Curtis a graduate of London’s East 15 Acting Schooland, struggled till he found his breakthrough role playing Ash Mukherjee in It’s a Sin. The critically acclaimed show won multiple awards and was Channel 4’s biggest-ever drama.

Indeed, his cooking abilities are just as proficient as his acting ones, as he got a handshake after judges tasted his turkey and pancetta leftover Xmas pie on The Great British Bake Off. His recipe stood for its peculiar usage of mustard seeds as it easily became one of the tastiest meals on the table.

Shaun Dooley

Doctor Who series 11 adds Misfits and Broadchurch actor Shaun Dooley
Doctor Who series 11 adds Misfits and Broadchurch actor Shaun Dooley ( Source : digitalspy )

Voiceover artist Shaun Dooley is the last edition to British Bake Off and is a 48-year-old from South Yorkshire. He made it into the industry as Groove on a Stanley Knife in 1997. 

He also had appearances in the primetime soap EastEnders as Tom Stuart for three years.

Indeed, his wife, Polly, is his partner in crime, collaborating on an album, Got It Covered, for Children In Need. The project was successful with voices from Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Luke Evans, and many more.

When Does Netflix's The Great British Baking Show: Holidays Premiere?

Netflix's The Great British Baking Show: Holidays premieres on November 18. As they are an exceptional update, they would not follow the usual ten-hour watch time of the original format and would be a quick watch.

Indeed, the dishes range from baked fruit crumbles to Christmas puddings and mini panettones to get the holiday season kickstarted.

The four contestants would have the warm guidance of Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, with Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding returning as hosts.

Paul had declared to be lenient in solidarity with the Christmas season and trying to be as kind as possible.

Where To Watch The Great British Baking Show: Holidays?

Alt the show calls Netflix its home turf, there are other ways to tune in when the snow finally starts falling. 

The show may be a hit or a miss, but it is available for watching on Hulu and Roku. 

Those looking to watch it live can head to BBC called four and watch it in front of a fireplace with friends and family.