For those who don’t know, the great British Bake Off is a baking competition that is broadcasted in the UK once a year. It starts with 12 of the countries best bakers in the Bake off tent.
Each episode contains three challenges:
A signature bake, where the focus is on a unique version of a particular treat, with flavour, design and a perfect bake being essential.
The technical – a recipe is provided and all contestants make the same thing, but to perfection.
And finally, the showstopper. This is where everyone shows off their creative skills, and creates something that looks and tastes AMAZING!!!
Then at the end of the episode, the starbaker will be awarded,
and one contestant will leave.
OK, maybe I’m getting a little overexcited, but I’m not the only one! The first episode of this series was watched by over half of all TV viewers. So why is a programme about baking so popular?
For me, it goes back to my family. We would all watch the latest episode together, and it would be one of the few things we would all watch – five children are hard to simultaneously entertain, especially when interests range from painting and rom-coms to rollercoasters and horror films. We would all sit and debate who had made the best bread roll, or whose cupcake would be the hardest to make.
Part of the appeal is the pure simplicity, but also the skill shown. There’s no fake arguments, or heated fights and, best of all, no tacky romance. Instead, you can rest assured that the whole family will enjoy it. However, that doesn’t mean to say that it is lacking in the humour department.
Enter Sue and Mel.
Presenters tend to annoy me. Not that I have much experience, books always beat TV, but on the rare occasion that I do was watch a programme, presenters seem to try far too hard to be likeable. However, the dynamics between the Bake Off duo only add to the enjoyment.
Not to mention there constant success with finding cake related jokes…
And tireless judge-mocking.
But at the end of the day, they support those going through stressful bakes – what! Cakes are very anxiety provoking things.
Each episode lasts an hour, long enough to leave you satisfied but not bored and the layout works well to spread out the best bits of the content.
Mary and Paul provide a constant stream of stone cold criticism, but still point out the good bits. Part of the fun is glaring at mean judges.
However, the real stars are the contestants. By the end of the first few episodes, you have a good feel for everyone and their strengths (and weaknesses).
Everyone has their favourites, and each contestant has their own area in which they excel.
You can catch the fourth episode this Wednesday at 8:00, but until then, here are some exciting moments of drama from past episodes.