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  1. Video clips from today's book launch event. Full speech And from a different angle. Also loved this. :D (Slightly longer version) Edit: And one more
  2. GBBO In The Media

    And people considered that was a tone-downed version of Noel. 😅 His choice of shirt provided a little fun for the viewers each episode. Not in a 'Look at me, I'm eccentric' attention-hogging way, so no need to worry. Great British Bake Off: ‘Last year we just tried to make sure we didn’t destroy our careers’ A chat/interview with the judges and presenters from last month - presumably held on one of the filming days. (🚨 The conversation itself doesn't contain any spoilers about last series but 🚨 DO NOT scroll past the final Q&A or this message 'The Great British Bake Off returns next month on C4'. There's a picture of last year's winner a few inches down.) Here are some excerpts from it. # Do you all feel more relaxed this year, now that it’s more familiar? Noel: Yes. Last year we were under an enormous amount of pressure to not ruin this sacred show that everyone loved, so we weren’t as worried about the bakers, we were just trying to make sure we didn’t destroy our own careers. [Laughs] Prue: I thought, will this be my swansong? Noel: We were like, let’s get in, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll set fire to the tent and leg it. # How were Noel and Sandi put together? Noel: I kept coming and meeting Sandi, and going: “That was great fun, I have no idea what they want.” Because they didn’t say. I’m a child. I’ll go anywhere. “Do you want to go and meet Sandi?” “Yeah. Love Sandi.” We got on immediately. They were so scared at that point, having moved to Channel 4, and they were being quite cautious. So they made us meet again about five more times. Sandi: I just kept going, it’s Noel, it’s Noel. It’s got to be Noel. Prue: Did you meet other people? Sandi: I did, yeah. Noel: How to make someone feel special! There was a long queue. # Is the show reality TV? Prue: Of course it is, in the sense that these are real people and we’re watching them and seeing their journey and all that stuff. But what makes it different from most reality shows is that the results are not cooked by the producers. They genuinely just film what happens. Noel: It’s filmed like a documentary. Prue: No one wants to humiliate them, they’re not chosen in order to be laughed at, there isn’t a desire to set people up for a fall.
  3. Probably because Seth didn't get nominated... For the 18th, where their studios are located (NY or LA) made the difference, I guess.
  4. S03.E10: The Final

    I think I made my position clear in my comment and agree with Brookside's earlier post. In the recent series, (sorry I have to use another spoiler tag) Again, if the judges are influenced by the production team, the famous 5 hours of deliberation between Mary and Paul wouldn't have needed - hardly any footage of that heated discussion made the cut to milk it, either. It's a bit ironic that John was striving for validation from others so much, but even when he achieved something so important to him, its legitimacy gets(got) questioned relentlessly. ETA: FWIW, James was my outright favorite from the start. I wasn't too keen on John, because he often came across as too desperate to me, possibly due to the said reasons & didn't care that much about Brendan. So the outcome of this series has nothing to do with how I feel.
  5. S03.E10: The Final

    Besides what Brookside noted, there were a couple very shy (not TV-friendly) ones as well. Again, this series wasn't exactly huge back then and no one had made a career out of it until that point. Normally the line-up has more young-ish people than the other way around and they tend to be more creative and shine more as the series progresses. Male/female, young/old, the judges can't manipulate outcome just to appear fair. In most weeks it's rather clear who would go and there were very few controversies regarding the judges' decisions despite the fact that viewers can't taste them and rely only on how they look and judges' comments. Transparency was one of the points constantly complimented on this very board as well. Speaking of final & age, there were some grumbles over series 3/4/5 (US season 5/2/1). Series 3: Some argue the oldest finalist should've won but didn't because of his age. Series 4: All three were young ladies, age couldn't have been an issue. Series 5: The oldest won. Many felt underwhelmed or thought it was absurd that someone star-bakered four times didn't win. (IMO, the setup of this series final was similar to that of the Series 3. James/Richard, Brendan/Nancy, John/Luis) Series 8: No names but I can't spot a pattern. Admittedly the judges are only human and can't be completely unbiased. Still I don't think they have done anything too dubious to make me question their impartiality.
  6. I don't get it. Everyone knows what happened and it'd only cause unnecessary confusions. This is the first time a series starts with something other than cake week? Anyway, meet this year's bakers! https://thegreatbritishbakeoff.co.uk/bakers/series-9/ https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/21/great-british-bake-off-2018-full-line-up-of-contestants-revealed-7862901/
  7. S03.E10: The Final

    Noticed Mary's abridged recipe given to the bakers mentions 'dip(ping)' at least 3 times. Since none of the finalists have made it before no wonder they followed the instruction until realizing it's not working! The complete recipe Mary Berry's fondant fancies 15. Take the cakes out of the fridge and place one onto a fork. 16. Dip each square into the icing one at a time and carefully set onto a cooling rack, with parchment underneath to catch the drips. Try not to get finger prints on them - for this reason it is best to insert the fork at an angle so that you can slide the cake off onto the cooling rack easily. This is how Mary did in the Masterclass* episode of the series. To Paul's question why dipping not pouring, Mary answers she thinks it gives a smarter finish and she found it easier to do. However, from her full recipe, the key for the method seems to be chilling the squares in the fridge after almost every step and she didn't allow them enough time for that. Not everyone agrees with her though. ;) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/9615108/So-Mary-how-do-you-bake-the-perfect-fondant-fancy.html * I seem to remember reading three episodes of Masterclass will be available later for the US audience via either PBS or Netflix.
  8. S03.E10: The Final

    The pleasure is mine. :) I find the contrasting approaches towards the final between John and James fascinating. The two were under serious time pressure due to the exams in the late stages of the series and all were wrapped up somewhere between the semi-final and the final. James said he was so exhausted he almost wished to be at home at some point. He made it quite clear that baking was just a hobby and nothing would get in the way of becoming a doctor. So for him the BO final was just something to enjoy, a stress-free weekend. He felt guilty that he made so far despite taking the competition less seriously than other contestants did and just having fun, and thought Paul was a bit irritated by his too carefree attitude. On the contrary, doing well in the Bake Off meant a lot to John, since he wanted to make a statement to his family and it could lead to something more consequential. Ironically he felt juggling the two mammoth tasks made him a better time-organizer & helped him do well on the exams and as soon as the exams were over he fully concentrated on preparing for the BO final.
  9. S03.E10: The Final

    Brendan was quite honest about how he felt about the result in the interviews I linked above. He was confident going into the final weekend, expected his name would be announced. He seemed to believe he was the deserved winner based on the performance but didn't only because of external reasons.
  10. S03.E10: The Final

    As I also binge-watched the earlier series naturally I haven't read much about those series either, unless I found certain things too intriguing not to look up. For anyone who's interested I'd like to share a few pre & post final interviews I've read over the week. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2217320/The-Great-British-Bake-Off-The-finalists.html *Past the John's hand injury photo, the inaugural series winner gives some tips for the final. If you don't want to get spoiled, avoid reading the rest of the article. John - https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/great-british-bake-off-winner-john-1383703 - https://www.whatsontv.co.uk/news/john-whaite-ultimately-id-love-my-own-bakery-207569/ Brendan - https://www.birminghampost.co.uk/lifestyle/brendan-lynch-wont-hang-up-3909746 - https://thetab.com/uk/stand/2012/10/09/cultureinterview-brendan-lynch-the-billy-elliot-of-the-baking-world-778 James - https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/great-british-bake-scot-james-1376915 - https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/tv-radio/great-british-bake-star-james-2215263
  11. S03.E09: Patisserie

    As for what James and John have been up to since then, James is currently a doctor working in the NHS and John recently has made a career switch*. Their respective activities are well documented on their own Wikipedia page - 🚨🚨But don't go there until having watched the final. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Morton_(baker) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Whaite * Here he explained why - 🚨 Again do NOT open the link, unless you know the final result. https://twitter.com/John_Whaite/status/1020768438615146497 (Sorry, I don't mean to be teasing. The links are for later use.)
  12. Joan Collins was also curious about his name, when they were on The Graham Norton Show. https://clyp.it/xtcqmwbq
  13. Just in case anyone missed it, there's a dedicated Garage Sale Mysteries forum. 🕵️‍♀️ http://forums.previously.tv/forum/4059-garage-sale-mysteries/
  14. S03.E08: Biscuits

    Just to be clear, I wasn't implying which was the original. My comment was about Sue's 'an iconic biscuit' reference that was clearly picked up by the bakers. Since it wouldn't be obvious for us non-Brits, I was thinking of adding some context to the challenge.
  15. GBBO In The Media

    And I assumed the conditions in the shed of the Australian or Canadian series would be far better, since they are more spacious, likely equipped with proper A/Cs. Guess not...