Just b*ke right off will you…..
The country has gone mad. The media has gone mad. It’s driving me mad. What is it with The Great British Bake Off?
It is one of those annoying TV programmes that gets shortened to an acronym – TGBBO – like TOWIE, TOTP and BBLB. One of those shows that is so popular it must have a spin-off – An Extra Slice.
And it seems that the whole country, with the exception of C and I, are watching it, talking about it, or writing about it. It is all over the TV, newspapers and the internet like a rash. And, I just don’t get it……
Now, I can fully understand the sex appeal of Paul Hollywood. I can see how a female audience would go weak at the knees watching him kneading his dough and waving his rolling-pin around. He is after all a Middle Man lookalike…..
But the same could not be said so easily of Mary Berry and the rather unfunny comedy duo which is Mel and Sue. Nigella Lawson, Holly Willoughby and Claudia Winkleman they are not! And neither is Jo Brand, although you can at least see why she applied for the role. And, she can be funny.
This is a show in which people watch other people baking in a large tent in the middle of rural England. It is a flurry of flour, eggs, aprons and pinafores, and emotion without the benefit of the sequins, lycra and high heels of Strictly. It is all pies, bread, biscuits and cupcakes without the swimming costumes and gymnastic dexterity of Splash! or the, I would have thought, broader appeal of a MasterChef. And yet it seems to be the Talking Dog Show to everyone else’s Puck (an Episodes reference), being on its fifth series, even without the benefit of Ant and Dec or the financial backing of Simon Cowell. It has won a BAFTA and with 9.1 million viewers it is BBC Two’s most watched programme ever, beating Top Gear into second place, and as a reward for its popularity now has a prime spot on BBC One.
Recruitment to the Women’s Institute must be at an all time high….and to Weight Watchers.