Tuesday, 21 September 2021

GGBO


 The Great British Bake Off contestants were introduced today and it’s a more ethnically diverse bunch than we’ve  ever seen before…. 2 Greeks, a geek, an Asian, a hairy Italian, a humourless German, one posh old lady who cries ,a  bright Liverpudlian, a Greta Thumburg lookalike, a gay Jamaican…….etc …..they are all here…. All we needed was a Jewish New York lesbian in a wheelchair and every box would have been ticked.
It feels that they’ve tried a tad too hard…..

The programme still works after eleven years because it’s about nice people doing nicely talented things in a nice way 

32 comments:

  1. I love this show. Is this the first new season since the pandemic? It's been a while since we have gotten a new season here in the states, unless I somehow missed it.

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  2. I like watching the Great British Baking Show too (as it's called here in Canada) but our broadcasts lag one season behind you. Right now CBC is showing the 2020 season and is about halfway through.

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  3. We don't get the GBBO in NZ until it's picked up by Sky network. By then it's years out of date. Sad.

    Jo in Auckland

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  4. Barbara Anne10:03 pm

    I still miss Mary Berry, Mel, and Sue and cannot abide Pru and those two other unfunny people. Also, in the few shows I watched after Mary, Sue, and Mel departed, the 'challenges; were ridiculous. Alas! Sometimes change isn't good.

    Hugs!

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    1. Prue is ok
      The others are a bit bland

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    2. I miss Mary but don't mind Prue - she has grown on me. The other two just annoy me - could quite happily do without them.

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  5. It does rather sound as though you have no chance of getting on the show if you don't tick any of the 'minority' boxes. I haven't got a television, but would watch this, if I had!

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  6. Looking forward to this new series of GBBO. I miss Mary Berry, but, as you might say, Hey-Ho!

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  7. I found it during COVID and it was a bright shiny star in a time of transition and fear. I love how nice they all are.

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  8. I prefer watching it with Prue I like her humour-and when she had a short holiday with Sandi Toksvig I watched that twice x

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  9. We love the show. I'm not sure when we'll get this newest season (series) here in the states but we can't wait to see it. We also got hooked on a Pottery show and a Portrait Artist show in the same vein, a competition. SO good!!

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    1. Netflix drops new U.S. season Sept. 24. Just a few more days to wait. (Insert delighted squeal here.)

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  10. I love that show, even though the one I'm watching is probably years old.

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  11. When my son comes over and cooks dinner for us we watch this show. It surprised us how entertaining and addictive it is; we look forward to this new season, which I hear will be available in the US soon.

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  12. The last one I saw was a kids version. They were amazing.

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  13. I think I must be the only person on the planet who doesn't watch! xx

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  14. GGBO? is that a new name - Great Gay Bake off? I don't watch it - IB (It's boring)

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  15. I wonder whether something isn't lost when people are chosen for tv programmes, or in the workplace, where ticking the minority boxes takes precedence. When I see it I just turn over as it feels really false to me.

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  16. Nothing wrong with GBBO but, I am getting a bit fed up with TV companies ticking boxes just for the sake of it …..as MarisAna said, it all seems so false now. Just pick the best people. ….. I’ll still be watching though !!!!! XXXX

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  17. I understand Netflix is going to show the new season with a short delay here in the USA, in the past we had to wait as much as a year.

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  18. I am starting to think I am an outcast nowadays , White bloke married to a white woman for 35 years. three white kids , Who will all struggle to get jobs as they arent coloured or LGBT , I did a spell working for a large UK professional company they made no secret of the fact that preference was given to ethnic minorties regardless of qualifications , I was ushered from the meeting from HR after suggesting that might be racist?

    All for equality in all things but the worlds gone mad...

    Mary berry has no chance of getting on the TV any more

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    1. I'm not sure your comments rose to the level of racism. But it does sound as if you have unchecked white privilege. The reason it's important to make space for those who have been marginalized in the past is because of the systemic nature of discrimination. I try to focus on all boats rising with the tides. We all will be better when those on the margins are given opportunities.

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  19. I do love this show. People are so generous with one another. None of the bitchiness of some American reality TV. I meant to comment before that I also loved the movie The Intern. It's easy to watch whenever it comes on, and I've watched it several times now. Goodness in people is soothing.

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  20. It's amazing how this show just goes and goes. It's feel-good TV, isn't it? What we all need these days!

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  21. Why does it matter what colour you are or what your sexuality is? It's a programme about baking featuring people from Britain. I read a review last night where the writer said that they (the contestants) don't take themselves seriously, but they take their cakes seriously. Maybe the watching audiences could bear this in mind. Just my thoughts.
    I love the programme, just caught up on last night's, laughed all the way through it and loved the musical intro. For me it's lost its BBC twee-ness lol

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  22. I don't watch cooking/baking shows. That said, I love well prepared food displayed on fine china. I'll set a china and crystal table with lots of wine...and even clean up if I do not have to cook.

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  23. What does the second G stand for?

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  24. I think that even though it seems like people are 'trying too hard', pretty soon, it will be something that we don't even think about. It will become second nature to see people as people. I like where we are headed, and I'm not going to worry about the steps to there as long as we are headed in the right direction.

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  25. I don't watch it but I do watch the Sewing Bee and over the seasons the diversity of contestants has improved no end. I really think this is due to a wider range of people applying rather than selective selection. At the beginning the Sewing Bee had token blokes who were really not very good, but now they are really holding their own. Blokes who sew are a much more niche minority than blokes who bake, btw. and interestingly, they're all white and all gay. And mostly married! One, Matt, is married to a drag queen and makes costumes for them. Jo Lycett is fabulous.
    The absolute absece of Paul Hollywood makes this programme SO much better IMHO. Patrick Grant is a much preferable expert. Hollywood just turns my tum.

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