After its controversial arrival on Channel 4 last year, The Great British Bake Off is back for a second series on the channel - and its ninth overall.

Here's everything you need to know, including when the Bake Off final is, who's hosting this year, and how to apply to compete in the next series.

When is the Bake Off final?

The Great British Bake Off 2018 final takes place tonight, Tuesday 30 October at 8pm on Channel 4, and the final three bakers will face off for the grand prize.

In these modern times, you don't just have to watch the bakers struggle with a technical recipe the traditional way. Instead, you can watch on All 4 – live or on-demand with catch-up through a wide range of devices including smart TVs, games consoles, media streamers, phones and tablets.

Who are the finalists?

Only three people get to make it to the final stage of the Bake Off contest, and we finally know our finalists for 2018: Kim-Joy, Rahul, and Ruby.

Who left Bake Off this year?

Sadly not every baker makes it to the end (though it wouldn't be much of a show if they did), and here's who's left so far, including the latest to leave the Bake Off tent:

  • Week 1: Imelda left after failing the Wagon Wheel challenge in Biscuit Week
  • Week 2: Luke went out during Cake Week after a disastrous chocolate Showstopper
  • Week 3: Antony's 'dry' chelsea buns didn't impress during Bread Week
  • Week 4: Uh, nobody. Terry was ill, and so the judges decided not to send anyone home
  • Week 5: This was a doozy: both Terry and and Karen exited in a double elimination for Spice Week, while Paul was forced to judge solo as Prue was ill
  • Week 6: Dan left the tent after his pastry fell flat
  • Week 7: Jon and his Hawaiian shirts bid farewell to the tent after Vegan Week
  • Week 8: Rahul and Manon both struggled this week, but in the end it was Manon's time to leave 
  • Week 9: Briony used salt instead of sugar, and went home in Pasty Week

Who are the presenters and judges?

After last year's move to Channel 4 shifted the Bake Off lineup pretty dramatically, you might be reassured to know that there's more consistency this year: Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding are returning to present the show, while Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith are back to judge this year's sugary confections.

Who are the GBBO 2018 bakers?

The lineup of bakers was unveiled on 21 August, a week ahead of the first show.

They are:

  • Antony, 30, who grew up baking with his father in India
  • Briony, 33, a self-taught baker that uses YouTube tutorials to master techniques
  • Dan, 36, a full-time father of two that takes pride in making his bakes beautiful to look at
  • Imelda, 33, bakes treats for her huge family in Northern Ireland, as well as her colleagues
  • Jon, 47, bakes for his wife and four children in Wales as a way to unwind after a busy day at work
  • Karen, 60, fell in love with baking during her 15 years living with her husband in a house in France
  • Kim-Joy, 27, was born in Belgium, grew up in London, studied in Bristol and lives in Leeds. She uses her busy background to inspire her varied bakes.
  • Luke, 30, has been baking since he was 10 years old. He enjoys creating clean, precise masterpieces.
  • Manon, 26, grew up in France in a family of female bakers. She truly fell in love with the art when she moved to London.
  • Rahul, 30, takes pride in his 'East-meets-West' baking style, and his job as a research scientist means he pays utmost attention to detail.
  • Ruby, 29, loves to sneak something alcoholic into anything she bakes for her family and friends.
  • Terry, 56, has a background in fine art that comes across in his baking. His daughters encouraged him to apply for GBBO and it sounds like he's glad they did!

How to watch Bake Off 2018 from outside the UK

As per usual, The Great British Bake Off 2018 will be available through regular UK broadcast TV (however you get your TV), airing on Channel 4.

If you want to watch from outside the UK - such as the US, where you might know it as The Great British Baking Show - then you'll need to use a VPN (virtual private network) like NordVPN so it appears you're device is local if you want to watch along with the UK on the Channel 4 website. For more details see our best VPNs article.

If you don't mind waiting a little longer, the new series will be coming to US Netflix, but it's currently only set to arrive "later this year", so you'll have to risk spoilers from UK viewers if you want to wait for Netflix to start showing it.

How to apply for GBBO 2019

If you're a budding baker and would like to apply for Bake Off in 2019 then you'll have to hang tight for the following season as applications are now closed.

If you're an amateur just holding out hope for the next season of the regular show, keep an eye on the Channel 4 Take Part website.

Watch the trailer

Channel 4 released the first trailer for GBBO 2018 in early August, and it follows in the footsteps of last year's teaser, bringing a collection of cakes and pastries to musical life: