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The Great British Baking Show - NO SPOILERS, PLEASE
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  • Post #121 - October 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm
    Post #121 - October 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm Post #121 - October 14th, 2019, 6:50 pm
    I love Noel, but for a 90s kid like me, duh. I like Prue and her outfits too. And miss Mary. Paul has always been the toxic one, imo.

    And I never noticed the two day outfits thing until my wife pointed it out. You're not alone on that one.
  • Post #122 - October 14th, 2019, 9:32 pm
    Post #122 - October 14th, 2019, 9:32 pm Post #122 - October 14th, 2019, 9:32 pm
    Hi,

    The impression I get, this show is taped on weekends. During the week, the contestants return home.

    They know what is expected for the initial bake and show stopper, so they practice those bakes. An earlier season, I think it was Ruby (or Martha) who had other obligations and did not practice as much as they thought they should. They winged it more than most other contestants would consider prudent.

    I guess they must launder between Saturday and Sunday, because they'd be a mess beginning the show stopper on Sunday.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #123 - October 14th, 2019, 10:23 pm
    Post #123 - October 14th, 2019, 10:23 pm Post #123 - October 14th, 2019, 10:23 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:I guess they must launder between Saturday and Sunday, because they'd be a mess beginning the show stopper on Sunday.

    You'd think, right? But I did a little digging and this article seems to indicate otherwise . . .

    The Great British Bake Off is usually filmed over the course of two days per episode.

    Because of this, producers are very strict on having contestants wear the exact same clothes to avoid any mishaps with continuity.

    So even if the bakers get a little hot under the collar on day one, they still have to wear the same clothes on the second day.

    Former winner Frances Quinn told Cosmopolitan: "Luckily they change the aprons so we don't look like a Jackson Pollock painting by the end of it."

    =R=
    There are many things that are legal that are not a great idea --Nick Shabazz

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #124 - October 15th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    Post #124 - October 15th, 2019, 12:40 pm Post #124 - October 15th, 2019, 12:40 pm
    I've loved Noel Fielding since The IT Crowd, and I think he adds a warm, funny, positive element to the latest version of the show.

    But I do think TGBBS has gotten more mean-spirited, like so many US competition shows (cooking and other). I blame this choice of dynamics on the producers (which is also to say, the switch from the BBC to ITV), rather than the presenters, but it seems especially a downgrade to me in the case of TGBBS, which used to be a much more pleasant and peaceful respite from the world outside.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #125 - October 15th, 2019, 3:22 pm
    Post #125 - October 15th, 2019, 3:22 pm Post #125 - October 15th, 2019, 3:22 pm
    Katie wrote:But I do think TGBBS has gotten more mean-spirited, like so many US competition shows (cooking and other). I blame this choice of dynamics on the producers (which is also to say, the switch from the BBC to ITV), rather than the presenters, but it seems especially a downgrade to me in the case of TGBBS, which used to be a much more pleasant and peaceful respite from the world outside.

    I feel the opposite, that it's a delight to watch the contestants help each other and cheer each other on. If there's a meanness, it's in the technical challenges.

    I don't watch a lot of other contest shows (we stopped watching the Tim Gunn-less Project Runway, we still watch Top Chef when we remember). Top Chef actually has improved its game, it's less cutthroat, petty, feudish and fully of personal drama (or more likely it's no longer edited to highlight those aspects).

    I miss Mel and Sue -- they were sillier than Noel and Prue are. It seems the humor is mostly limited to costuming in the intro.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #126 - October 15th, 2019, 4:34 pm
    Post #126 - October 15th, 2019, 4:34 pm Post #126 - October 15th, 2019, 4:34 pm
    Joel, I agree with you, the meanness is not among the contestants but with the technical challenges they're being given, and I'd also say, some of the criticisms from the judges and some choices that seem odd to me about who gets eliminated.
    "Your swimming suit matches your eyes, you hold your nose before diving, loving you has made me bananas!"
  • Post #127 - October 15th, 2019, 5:06 pm
    Post #127 - October 15th, 2019, 5:06 pm Post #127 - October 15th, 2019, 5:06 pm
    Taking into consideration the context of judges' comments, I can only think of two instances in seven seasons where I thought the wrong person was eliminated. One of them really irritated me but happily, the person who skated did not go on to win. The other instance (a different season) took place much later in the competition and it seemed to be a closer call, so I didn't find it as irritating.

    I don't see anything innately mean in assigning the contestants increasingly difficult technical challenges but doing so does make the viewing less enjoyable for me because watching several people fail at making something isn't a particularly enjoyable experience. After all, this isn't Nailed It, which I watched once before tiring of it.

    However, watching the contestants accomplish something difficult is more rewarding than watching them accomplish something easy, so I understand it's a tough line to straddle. The private banter between the judges as they jokingly delight in the Technical's degree of difficulty feels benign to me, especially in light of how the judges interact with the contestants. It never seems personal and they're plenty kind. On top of that, pretty regularly one of the judges admits to not ever having heard of the item assigned in the Technical, which indicates that there's no shame in the contestants not knowing, either. It just doesn't add up to meanness for me.

    =R=
    There are many things that are legal that are not a great idea --Nick Shabazz

    Every human interaction is an opportunity for disappointment --RS

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain

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