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The Great British Bake Off 2021

Returns Tuesday 09/21

On your marks, get set, bake!

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by Anonymousreply 260October 24, 2021 5:38 AM

Why do they use so much sugar?

by Anonymousreply 1September 18, 2021 3:07 AM

I think it starts on Netflix in the US on 9/24.

by Anonymousreply 2September 18, 2021 3:08 AM

well you can find online streaming (not so legal) usually within hours after it broadcast on Ch 4.

by Anonymousreply 3September 18, 2021 3:09 AM

Meet the bakers, a Met Police Detective, a Quadrilingual Client Relationship Manager, and a retired nurse and midwife.

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by Anonymousreply 4September 18, 2021 3:10 AM

I miss Sue and Mel.

by Anonymousreply 5September 18, 2021 3:14 AM

still? they were gone 4 years ago, it's time to move on!

by Anonymousreply 6September 18, 2021 3:20 AM


by Anonymousreply 7September 18, 2021 3:21 AM

Again, why do they use so much sugar? The British Isles are not isolated any more.

Stop stuffing your bodies with sugar and anger.

by Anonymousreply 8September 18, 2021 4:17 AM

R4 Which is the gay contestant?

by Anonymousreply 9September 18, 2021 4:22 AM

I agree with R5, they were better hosts.

But more so, I really miss Mary Berry -- Prue is too arch and too self-conscious.

Paul Hollywood is a jerk, but that's what he seems to want people to think, so whatever. Mary Berry was a wonderful counterpart to his act. Prue, not so much.

by Anonymousreply 10September 18, 2021 4:31 AM

I spy someone amongst the new bakers who is going to have trouble keeping frosting out of the hair....

by Anonymousreply 11September 18, 2021 5:06 AM

No cuties.

by Anonymousreply 12September 18, 2021 5:12 AM

I’m not watching this, if it doesn’t have darling Mary Berry involved. It’s just another boring British show without her wit and class.

by Anonymousreply 13September 18, 2021 5:18 AM

I found Sue to be incredibly annoying, so I am glad she's gone.

by Anonymousreply 14September 18, 2021 6:02 AM

When it's announced that Mary Berry would not return, I was worrying the show would lose its touch, but surprisingly Prue held up really well, after just a few episodes on Ch. 4, Mary Berry was the past, I didn't' miss her at all.

by Anonymousreply 15September 18, 2021 6:41 AM

I miss Mary Berry, Sue and Mel. I don't know if it was just the way the show began and I was used to them, or what, but I still miss them. Noel has finally grown on me, and Prue as well, they do a fine job. I already liked Matt Lucas and I still like him. It's good, just not the same.

As for "why do they use so much sugar" because it's a fucking BAKING SHOW.

by Anonymousreply 16September 18, 2021 6:54 AM

I always think it's a bit odd that on the BBC it had three female and one male presenting, but on C4 it has 3 men and one woman. Also, it's a shame there's only one man who is approaching fanciable this year, unlike last year. I still think back longingly to the days of John and James (though John is a contestant on Strictly from tonight, so all is not lost).

by Anonymousreply 17September 18, 2021 12:51 PM

I still miss Fanny Cradock & Clemens Wilmenrod.

by Anonymousreply 18September 18, 2021 1:05 PM

Mary & Paul had chemistry and she brought humor. Prue and Paul may as well be on different shows. They toned down Noel after the first season, but he still seems inappropriate. He's also intrusive in ways that are less tolerable than Mel and Sue.

by Anonymousreply 19September 18, 2021 1:17 PM

Damn. No hot guys to cheer on. Mel and Sue were so much better than the 2 clowns they have now.

by Anonymousreply 20September 18, 2021 1:42 PM

Who doesn’t love boozy Pru?!

by Anonymousreply 21September 18, 2021 1:49 PM

I love Prue and her kooky sense of style. But I definitely preferred Mel and Sue to Noel and the bald fatty. I don't find them funny at all.

by Anonymousreply 22September 18, 2021 2:12 PM

I find Noel strangely very sexy, and Prue is acceptable, but I can’t stand Paul and his fat poky fingers or creepy Matt Lucas.

by Anonymousreply 23September 18, 2021 2:18 PM

I love that hunky muscular Paul.

by Anonymousreply 24September 18, 2021 2:24 PM

They ought to be required to cast a twink.

by Anonymousreply 25September 18, 2021 4:31 PM

They used to have at least 2 and sometimes 3 twinks a season. I always rooted for them, even when they were disasters. They have had several gay cuties, including the guy with Indian background, (Tamal Ray) and the guy who's currently on the British version of dancing with the stars. John Whaite. I agree that they should always have a few, since those of us on DL know that 1/4 of their audience is made up of gay men!

by Anonymousreply 26September 18, 2021 7:35 PM

well maybe they did their home work and found out their gay audience in UK are not into twinks

by Anonymousreply 27September 18, 2021 8:50 PM

My bottom is getting soggy with anticipation!

Are they doing "An Extra Slice" again this year? I hope some kind person posts the links to them again!

by Anonymousreply 28September 18, 2021 9:34 PM

Don’t be ridiculous, R27. We invented twinks.

by Anonymousreply 29September 18, 2021 9:39 PM

flash back , David flirts with Henry Bird!

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by Anonymousreply 30September 18, 2021 11:34 PM

A dearth of hotties this year. The only one I really like is Chigs. (What kind of name is that, anyway?)

by Anonymousreply 31September 25, 2021 4:25 AM

Xtra Slice HD clump

by Anonymousreply 32September 25, 2021 6:12 AM

r32 The link is posted on another thread.

by Anonymousreply 33September 25, 2021 12:45 PM

What the hell is a "malt loaf" anyway? That candied orange peel on top looked like maggots or worms.

by Anonymousreply 34September 25, 2021 12:46 PM

No hotties this series, but I’ll still watch. I think Jürgen or Giuseppe are the two to beat…which means they’ll be leaving soon because I never guess right.

by Anonymousreply 35September 25, 2021 2:45 PM

R8 consider taking your own advice.

by Anonymousreply 36September 25, 2021 2:49 PM

Chigs is hot.

Fondant is stupid and should be immediately disqualifying.

by Anonymousreply 37September 25, 2021 11:57 PM

I really don't enjoy Noel and Matt together, but Matt was fantastic as a judge on the first episode of DRAG RACE UK.

by Anonymousreply 38September 26, 2021 5:43 PM

I watched Bake Off: The Professionals and wished judget Benoit Blin could replace Paul. He's better looking and has a better personality.

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by Anonymousreply 39September 28, 2021 4:44 PM

Sacré bleu cheese dick!

by Anonymousreply 40September 28, 2021 5:04 PM

I've worked with Matt before and he's very charming and funny, but watching him I feel like he has to play a character on Bake Off, which is a shame because he's lovely how he is and it doesn't come off as well in GBBO. How he was on Drag Race is more of how he is in real life.

by Anonymousreply 41September 28, 2021 7:36 PM

Chigs plays soccer with his nephews. Gay!

by Anonymousreply 42October 2, 2021 1:08 AM

Jurgen supposedly has a son, but those people who (finally) answered his phone call didn't sound like they were family.

by Anonymousreply 43October 2, 2021 1:25 AM

I want to get fucked by Paul Hollywood and I don't care who knows it.

by Anonymousreply 44October 2, 2021 2:48 AM

Team Chigs! Who doesn’t find him at least conventionally attractive?

by Anonymousreply 45October 2, 2021 3:28 AM

If Chigs needs an American sugar daddy, please point him in my direction.

by Anonymousreply 46October 2, 2021 5:40 AM

What kind of nickname is Chigs?

by Anonymousreply 47October 2, 2021 8:24 AM

Chigs is very sexy, and gives lots of hugs to the other guys, especially Jurgen. I think he’s not comfortable coming out, but i’d light up his oven.

by Anonymousreply 48October 2, 2021 10:27 AM

Chigs has kind of a Bradley Cooper look.

by Anonymousreply 49October 2, 2021 12:14 PM

Well, this is definitely the most unattractive group of bakers they've ever had.

by Anonymousreply 50October 2, 2021 12:18 PM

Hot, but for the permasmirk. It’s very off putting.

by Anonymousreply 51October 2, 2021 12:19 PM

Jurgen and Giuseppe are going to be hard to keep out of the final three based on the first two episodes. It's crazy how overall unattractive the cast is.

by Anonymousreply 52October 2, 2021 2:20 PM

[quote] I love that hunky muscular Paul.

Paul's body is atrociously fat. He's one big ball of dough.

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by Anonymousreply 53October 2, 2021 2:40 PM

He has a toddler body.

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by Anonymousreply 54October 2, 2021 2:44 PM

R52 it's not Love Island. Maybe there could be one or two younger hot people that got cast but that's not what the show is about.

by Anonymousreply 55October 2, 2021 3:26 PM

Just watched the first episode. That vegan baker has the single most annoying voice/accent I have ever heard. Fingernails on a chalkboard.

by Anonymousreply 56October 2, 2021 3:30 PM

[quote]Paul's body is atrociously fat. He's one big ball of dough.

I would bend his fat ass over and pound him so hard

by Anonymousreply 57October 2, 2021 4:07 PM

Does it have polka-dots, Prue?

by Anonymousreply 58October 2, 2021 4:38 PM

Hmph I don’t really care about the “hotness” of hosts or contestants, but I understand why that’s a big deal here.

I really do like the show’s deep focus on process and flavor and structure. There’s a lot of material science “cloaked” in the challenges, and that makes the program feel like good nonfiction media. I also admire the (relatively) dampened emphasis on the timing of each challenge. I never feel “jacked up” on constructed conflict like I remember from some US food competitions (“when we return….disaster strikes Enid’s choux-pat!”.

Jurgen’s Teutonic protectionism will be interesting to see in the showstopper challenges. The Vegan Vocal Fry is very grating, and the whipped aqua fava canned bean water sounds gross, but I can see why they have a vegan on the cast. They do seem to look at all dimensions of diversity and they do it pretty nimbly, without too much obvious tokenism.

Pru is very good, better still for her ability to step into a role so masterfully completed before by Mary Berry. Pru is actually pretty baller, a very shrewd feed entrepreneur and technically very successful as a businesswoman. And she’s so nice, and stylish, and pleasant.

Indifferent about the male comic hosts Noel and Matt, each have on and off days. I hate Noel’s leggings, high heels, tunics and jumpers. He reminds me of that ok skank from the book “I’m with the Band”, Pamela Des Barres, or a trans Chrissie Hynde. Poor Matt is so pale and dumpy. He looks like he wandered in from an open-mic set in a hospice. That sounds mean, but it’s true. Poor guy.

by Anonymousreply 59October 2, 2021 5:17 PM

Fuck, that is meant to spell “food entrepreneur” above. d’oh.

by Anonymousreply 60October 2, 2021 5:20 PM

Oh, I love the show and wouldn't miss it, R55. It's just that there are normally several attractive people. It IS a television show, after all. People like looking at attractive people. They certainly don't all have to be, but there are normally several.

by Anonymousreply 61October 2, 2021 6:21 PM

As ever, it’s lovely to see the bakers helping each other out, as during the Biscuit Week showstopper. Very un-American.

by Anonymousreply 62October 2, 2021 6:30 PM

Matt really stepped in it when he tried to insinuate that Paul is George’s dad.

by Anonymousreply 63October 2, 2021 6:31 PM

George is a hot bear. I want him in me, quite deeply.

by Anonymousreply 64October 2, 2021 6:32 PM

George looks so much like Paterson Joseph.

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by Anonymousreply 65October 2, 2021 6:35 PM

Linky Stinky, r65.

by Anonymousreply 66October 2, 2021 6:37 PM

I would fuck Jurgen if he baked for me.

Its not the looks that makes the bakers hot.

Although if I was fucking Jurgen, I would probably also fuck Chigs on the side.

by Anonymousreply 67October 2, 2021 7:17 PM

[quote]Matt really stepped in it when he tried to insinuate that Paul is George’s dad.

I loved Prue telling him, "This is going nowhere." She should say that more often.

by Anonymousreply 68October 2, 2021 7:21 PM

That comment made me think of all the rejected jokes and bits that must have been said over the years. If they left that one in this time, the material the two of them tried this week must have been very weak.

by Anonymousreply 69October 2, 2021 7:58 PM

I want to [italic] slaughter [/italic] Lizzie.

by Anonymousreply 70October 3, 2021 1:24 AM

but she seems to be pulling the vegan shit off. who knows. i bet she's set for life now. 19 vegan gbbo...

by Anonymousreply 71October 3, 2021 1:30 AM

Young Jurgen. Not bad.

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by Anonymousreply 72October 3, 2021 1:37 AM

Well, if he were your bf now, you'd be his full time eyebrow trimmer.

by Anonymousreply 73October 3, 2021 2:00 AM

I could deal with that if he baked for me. I’m a bread whore.

by Anonymousreply 74October 3, 2021 2:35 AM

While waiting for new episodes this season, I binged the holiday specials. Hilarious. The stakes couldn’t be more adorably low. Plus, I think it’s pretty obvious that Paul and Prue are drunk off their asses in at least two episodes.

by Anonymousreply 75October 3, 2021 4:20 PM

I thought Paul was an avowed homosexualist.

by Anonymousreply 76October 3, 2021 4:26 PM

Paul is too much in love with himself to love the peen.

by Anonymousreply 77October 3, 2021 5:25 PM

Chigs and Crystelle are both very good-looking. I'd also argue that Rochica, Freya, and George are cute. What's missing this year is a hot little twink.

by Anonymousreply 78October 3, 2021 5:39 PM

Crystelle is gorgeous -- but could her family have any trashier names? Crystelle, Corelle, and Chanelle?

by Anonymousreply 79October 3, 2021 5:43 PM

Crystelle is an American. She is pretty but double majored in 2 different languages and lives at home.

Correction: Crystelle is a DLer. Except not pretty.

by Anonymousreply 80October 3, 2021 5:44 PM

George looks like porn guy Tony Daniels.

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by Anonymousreply 81October 3, 2021 5:48 PM

Chigs is oddly handsome and sexy! He has a very serious face at times but when he smiles his face lights up. It's lovely.

by Anonymousreply 82October 3, 2021 5:56 PM

Chigs is East Asian? I LOVE East Asian men! Delish!

by Anonymousreply 83October 3, 2021 6:14 PM

The police detective is skating on very thin ice, as is the overly posh jolly old woman.

by Anonymousreply 84October 3, 2021 6:44 PM

How do you get on this show? Is the guy who just started baking a few months before the show filmed some kind of prodigy, or have they just run out of talent in Britain? Why not give Henry another go?

by Anonymousreply 85October 3, 2021 8:18 PM

Google it you lazy whore ^

by Anonymousreply 86October 3, 2021 8:24 PM

This whole season is annoying me so far, except for Jurgen. Freya and the old woman are at the top of my list. Freya's hair is absolutely disgusting; does she ever wash or comb it? And, yes, her vocal fry is as grating as a Biscuit Week contestant trimming the hard edges of his gingerbread. The old woman (so-called Prue lookalike) was nice at first, but her relentless bright smile speaks to me of inner despair.

by Anonymousreply 87October 3, 2021 8:29 PM

I will say for Freya, though, that her homage to the horse Winnie was beautifully executed.

by Anonymousreply 88October 3, 2021 8:31 PM

Freya’s hair is a dream compared to Lizzie’s jacked up head bush. Lizzie’s accent is disgustingly overdone. We get it. You’re from Liverpool. Now go brush your hair.

She looks like a dead body that’s falling out of a rolled up carpet.

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by Anonymousreply 89October 3, 2021 8:53 PM

[quote]She looks like a dead body that’s falling out of a rolled up carpet.

I take great offense at that you ugly river horse!

by Anonymousreply 90October 3, 2021 9:03 PM

Girls, girls, you've both got skanky, flea-ridden barnets!

Oh, and you reminded me that some of the accents are really annoying this time around. Lizzie sounds like she's voicing a Beatles cartoon.

by Anonymousreply 91October 3, 2021 9:33 PM

Ugh, I can’t stand Fry-a. The way she pronounced “cappuccino” this week - “cappoocheeen” - nails on a chalkboard would be more pleasant to listen to.

by Anonymousreply 92October 3, 2021 9:42 PM

[quote] How do you get on this show? Is the guy who just started baking a few months before the show filmed some kind of prodigy, or have they just run out of talent in Britain? Why not give Henry another go?

Its baking, not mastering a musical instrument.

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by Anonymousreply 94October 4, 2021 1:41 AM

[quote] Chigs = HUGE PENIS!

Because every man that you find to be attractive has a HUGE PENIS!

by Anonymousreply 95October 4, 2021 1:53 AM

r93 gave Jurgen a rusty trombone.

by Anonymousreply 96October 4, 2021 1:57 AM

Guessing “Chigs” is short for one of those 20-letter Indian names like “Chigurapatnamappalli”.

by Anonymousreply 97October 4, 2021 2:32 AM

r95 = tiny meat

by Anonymousreply 98October 4, 2021 2:56 AM

R98 = tiny brain, tiny meat and a Hank Hill behind.

by Anonymousreply 99October 4, 2021 4:18 AM

Chirag, R97. Only one letter shorter, but maybe it was the extra syllable that he found exhausting.

by Anonymousreply 100October 4, 2021 4:50 AM

Do they have chiggers in the UK? Because if they do--that's kind of an unfortunate name.

by Anonymousreply 101October 4, 2021 5:51 AM

Wow, r99 you just repeated what I wrote about you. Genius! Groundbreaking!

by Anonymousreply 102October 4, 2021 6:49 AM

No, R101.

by Anonymousreply 103October 4, 2021 8:47 AM

Why did that horse riding chick keep over exaggerating the word CAPPUCCINO? She sounds like she’s in the middle of giving birth ever time she said that word. And I’m always grossed out when they’re stirring but speaking and their hairs flying all over as they whip or whatever sans gloves. It’s insanitary then pee colored teethed Noel is standing over the food so all I think is his rank British breath spewing into their bakes. But still obsessed with the show. The american ones can’t hold a candle this. When Paul says “sponge” I get a tingle downstairs.

by Anonymousreply 104October 4, 2021 10:42 AM

Can the Celeb Bakeoffs be viewed in the US?

by Anonymousreply 106October 4, 2021 2:21 PM

Search the Clump. He's the only brit "celb" I've known!

by Anonymousreply 107October 4, 2021 2:35 PM

Can I propose a Netflix crossover event where Freya and Lizzie do a little stint on Squid Game? A ripping round of Green Light, Red Light would fix their attitudes tout suite.

by Anonymousreply 108October 4, 2021 3:40 PM

I like Freya and her vocal fry. She knows it's annoying and she doesn't care which I admire.

Chigs looks too much like Nev from Catfish for my liking.

George is very sexy. I want to sniff him all over.

Jurgen is very German, of course, but is he maybe perhaps a bit of an Aspie too? Regardless, I like him.

I love Pru even though the "I'm an old woman and unsexy to men so I'm going to wear kooky clothes and colorful accessories" cliche is boring. Next year she'll have purple streaks in her hair, etc. At least she isn't wearing a grill like Madonna...yet.

Noel and Matt: I love how this very middle-of-the-road show made by grandmas and granddads for grandmas and granddads has offbeat hosts. I can't imagine an American show doing something like that.

by Anonymousreply 109October 4, 2021 3:52 PM

Can someone explain Freya’s accent? If she rides show horses, she’s got money, but she doesn’t sound posh.

by Anonymousreply 110October 4, 2021 5:08 PM

I like how R109 framed Prue's fashion choice as if she had to have made it in relation to her defunct sexiness. Even an accomplished 80-year-old woman does everything in relation to her perceived sexual value!

by Anonymousreply 111October 4, 2021 5:53 PM

r109 She's already done blue.

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by Anonymousreply 112October 4, 2021 6:43 PM

Lizzie is definitely overplaying the "kookiness". She probably thinks it's endearing.

Also, Maggie sounds nothing like Prue, given the latter is South African. Is Paul deaf?

by Anonymousreply 113October 4, 2021 6:51 PM

LOL at R112

by Anonymousreply 114October 4, 2021 9:38 PM

This uncultured American loves Lizzie’s accent and wants her to stay just for that.

Noel looks much cuter (and even more vampire-y) with his hair pulled out of his face.

I don’t know how the bakers resist smacking Matt when he stands there going on with an unfunny bit for eons. Irritating.

by Anonymousreply 115October 5, 2021 12:48 AM

[quote]Noel looks much cuter (and even more vampire-y) with his hair pulled out of his face.

I liked his eye makeup. He's lost a bit of weight, no? Poor thing, it's hard to maintain the scrawny goth look in middle age.

by Anonymousreply 116October 5, 2021 11:09 AM

Pedo alert at r54. Creepy.

by Anonymousreply 118October 5, 2021 5:00 PM

r 117 you didn't have to reply to my post in the first place but you just couldn't help yourself so this is what you get. You deserve it.

by Anonymousreply 119October 5, 2021 5:02 PM

Another episode starts!

by Anonymousreply 120October 5, 2021 7:02 PM

I don’t have anyone on ignore but a bunch of posts are missing.

What fresh hell is this?

by Anonymousreply 121October 5, 2021 7:24 PM

R121 Same. I assume someone got deleted.

by Anonymousreply 122October 5, 2021 7:28 PM

I haven't watched yet, but is Noel still using his "wacky" voice to say "Get set"?

by Anonymousreply 123October 5, 2021 7:31 PM

I like all of the cast this season. The German guy's voice bugs though.

by Anonymousreply 124October 5, 2021 7:50 PM

R123: yes, he is.

Like fingernails on a chalkboard. But I don’t imagine he’ll change his schtick now.

by Anonymousreply 125October 5, 2021 8:02 PM

I hate that voice, too.

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by Anonymousreply 127October 5, 2021 10:42 PM

Watching Bread Week presently, early through this special link above. It’s a good week. The hosts are struggling a bit, but the challenges are interesting.

by Anonymousreply 128October 5, 2021 11:29 PM

Crystelle bugs me. I never trust the contestants that come in with a full face of contour and make lots of little fusses when the cameras are around.

by Anonymousreply 129October 5, 2021 11:32 PM

I [italic]know[/italic] you're not including me in that category.

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by Anonymousreply 130October 6, 2021 12:48 AM

I never remember the winners from past seasons.

by Anonymousreply 131October 6, 2021 1:33 PM

R131 Same. I'm always invested in the show when it's broadcast, but I forget it all within a few weeks.

by Anonymousreply 132October 6, 2021 10:50 PM

Sigh. The second weak cast season in a row. Chigs is at least cute and George has a stupid hotness about him but it's all a pale copy of former seasons.

Freya annoys me but Lizzie is equally ghastly and I really can't understand anything she says.

by Anonymousreply 133October 7, 2021 5:08 AM

I remember the one the twink won.

by Anonymousreply 134October 7, 2021 5:10 AM

It seems likely that Chigs is Family.

40, attractive, unmarried, 'devoted to my nephews' and South Asian = Gay

He posted a little video on his Instagram of his recent trip to Mykonos and he used Madonna's "Holiday" as the background music....his companions were other cute 40something men and some skanky ho bag women.

by Anonymousreply 135October 7, 2021 5:52 AM

Talking about the extra slice, who is that high pitched queeny sidekick? Was he high on something? He is ruining everything and he needs to go!

by Anonymousreply 136October 8, 2021 12:09 PM

Agreed, R133, I can barely understand Lizzie either, and I'm pretty good with English accents. She's a Scouser (i.e., from Liverpool), if that explains anything.

by Anonymousreply 137October 9, 2021 7:06 PM

I’d also like to know what kind of accent that is that Freya has. Not the vocal fry, exactly, but the actual accent and manner of speaking. It reminds me of some character from tv but I can’t place it.

Yes, no cute guys this season, but Chigs is okay.

I watched the Prue seasons before the Mary seasons, and I much prefer Prue.

by Anonymousreply 138October 9, 2021 7:27 PM

Freya is from Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

by Anonymousreply 139October 9, 2021 7:57 PM

Nawth Yawk shuh

by Anonymousreply 140October 9, 2021 7:59 PM

Vocal fry and a Yorkshire accent...yuck! I can't stand listening to her and Lizzie - both are annoying.

by Anonymousreply 141October 9, 2021 8:01 PM

[quote]Crystelle is gorgeous -- but could her family have any trashier names? Crystelle, Corelle, and Chanelle?

"Corelle"? Like the dinnerware?

by Anonymousreply 142October 9, 2021 8:07 PM

[quote]both are annoying.

Unless we learn that Freya has "Pie?" tattooed inside her lip, I have to give Lizzie the edge.

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by Anonymousreply 143October 9, 2021 8:50 PM

All about Chigs (Chirag)

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by Anonymousreply 144October 9, 2021 8:53 PM

I’m guessing Lizzie is referring to the Eddie Izzard sketch, cake or death

by Anonymousreply 145October 9, 2021 9:02 PM

[quote]Chigs hopes to blow the judges

Pics please.

by Anonymousreply 146October 9, 2021 9:43 PM

Uninteresting group of people. How the hell does Jurgen afford to live on the water in Bournemouth?

by Anonymousreply 147October 10, 2021 12:54 AM

When i close my eyes and listen to Freya, i hear Bubble from AbFab.

by Anonymousreply 148October 10, 2021 3:13 AM

I’m rooting for the Italian daddy

by Anonymousreply 149October 10, 2021 3:16 AM

Jurgen is probably a math genius and uses it in his career which is why his family is rich. He’s probably intrigued by the science of baking. Just like he gets a thrill out of “conquering” a tough math problem, he probably gets a thrill out of conquering a difficult baking challenge.

Just a hunch but I recognize the type.

by Anonymousreply 150October 10, 2021 3:46 PM

I want George to fuck me on my back. I want to lick the sweat off his bald head as he pounds me very roughly. I want to bury my mouth in his hairy, sweaty, musky armpit and when he comes I want to hold the hairy sweaty globes of his arse.

by Anonymousreply 151October 11, 2021 10:46 PM

There have been a few male contestants over the years from science or engineering backgrounds who took up baking as adults and excelled at it (the shy Indian guy a couple seasons back?).

I wish more men in the US baked. It’s cute.

by Anonymousreply 152October 12, 2021 12:37 AM

r151 = the very definition of a soggy bottom.

by Anonymousreply 153October 12, 2021 7:43 AM

It's dessert week!

by Anonymousreply 154October 12, 2021 7:02 PM

I won't give away who won star baker tonight...let's just say it's well deserved!

by Anonymousreply 155October 12, 2021 9:11 PM

I accidentally spoiled it for myself by looking at the Daily Mail site. Damn it!

by Anonymousreply 156October 12, 2021 9:56 PM

The spoiler was the baker who got kicked off, not the star baker.

by Anonymousreply 157October 12, 2021 9:58 PM

Omg Chistelle’s sisters are named for a perfume & unbreakable dinnerware.

by Anonymousreply 158October 12, 2021 11:30 PM

Link to EP 4 - Dessert Week

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by Anonymousreply 159October 12, 2021 11:31 PM

How do they cast this program? They manage to find such appealing contestants. It’s hard to do that.

My own favorites seem to be Giuseppe and Chigs, because they smile so easily and really lean into these challenges.

The winner telephoning home to announce they’ve been named star baker is always touching, but this week is especially sweet and poignant. So good!

by Anonymousreply 160October 13, 2021 12:42 AM

Chigs is cute as hell.

by Anonymousreply 161October 13, 2021 12:56 AM

ok, tonight's winner called his/her mom! 🤔

by Anonymousreply 162October 13, 2021 1:27 AM

I tend to like all the contestants so much that I can't bear to watch them leave so I wait until the next episode to see who's gone.

by Anonymousreply 163October 13, 2021 2:01 AM

I don't think Chigs is cute, but everyone has different tastes. I'm on team George, though I don't think he's long for this series.

by Anonymousreply 164October 13, 2021 8:11 PM

I think Chigs might be taking the third spot in the finals.

by Anonymousreply 165October 14, 2021 12:53 AM

Hello! This is a baking competition, not a beauty pageant!

by Anonymousreply 166October 14, 2021 2:15 AM

That's as may be, r166, but I want George's baguette, quite deeply.

by Anonymousreply 167October 14, 2021 10:18 AM

Chigs is hot

by Anonymousreply 168October 14, 2021 10:20 AM

I hate Prue's cartoon character jewelry, wardrobe and glasses. Not as much as I hate Noel's tights, oversized tops and hair. Paul joked about Prue and Maggie. No one mentioned that Noel and Lizzie look like siblings.

by Anonymousreply 169October 16, 2021 2:09 AM

R163 I do that too. As soon as I hear who was star baker I fast forward the rest of the episode.

I didn’t see Jurgen for a while at the beginning of this week’s episode, so I was worried he got the boot. Glad he’s still around!

by Anonymousreply 170October 16, 2021 2:29 AM

Video Link to Extra Slice Ep. 4

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by Anonymousreply 171October 16, 2021 2:54 AM

I liked Maggie, but holy hell, what a disaster this week. The judges pulled their punches on the strawberry cake, because it was just so pathetic compared to the rest.

Paul is already tired of vegan Freya, she’ll need to watch out.

by Anonymousreply 172October 16, 2021 1:28 PM

Who could ever tire of desserts based on bean water?

by Anonymousreply 173October 16, 2021 3:30 PM

Lizzie looks durrrrtay.

by Anonymousreply 174October 16, 2021 10:33 PM


by Anonymousreply 175October 16, 2021 11:33 PM

[quote] Lizzie looks durrrrtay.

[quote] No one mentioned that Noel and Lizzie look like siblings.

by Anonymousreply 176October 17, 2021 12:53 AM

r174, Hahaha...I concur! Her hair color drives me crazy. Just awful and ugly. Why would you present yourself like that on tv? Just baffing...

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by Anonymousreply 178October 17, 2021 2:50 PM

I hate to say it but you know it's true: It's not uncommon for ugly people to ugly themselves up more with tattoos and piercings and weird facial hair and weird hair styles including orange. I'm not sure why they do it, but they do.

Chigs is cute enough compared to the other contestants but he'd never get a second look at the average gay bar.

What did Jurgen say about using hard water to speed up the boiling process? He seems pretty confident that his understanding of the science of baking will secure him the win.

Still love Freya, rooting for her and her awful speaking voice. Don't really care about Crystelle, won't miss Maggie (her eagerness to please and be over-the-top friendly and lovely at all times made me uncomfortable--she probably beats her kids)

by Anonymousreply 179October 18, 2021 2:59 PM

[quote] she probably beats her kids

what's wrong with that, a bit spanking hurts nobody!

by Anonymousreply 180October 18, 2021 3:02 PM

They never talked about or showed Maggie’s family - although maybe it was the people she was playing tennis with?

by Anonymousreply 181October 18, 2021 3:39 PM

Poor Maggie. What a way to go.

by Anonymousreply 182October 18, 2021 3:43 PM

Maggie was incompetent as hell.

If her baking was any indication of her job performance, her baby delivery probably had a 30% mortality rate.

by Anonymousreply 183October 18, 2021 3:49 PM

She needs a guest spot on "Call the Midwife."

by Anonymousreply 184October 18, 2021 3:57 PM

Maggie seems rather private. There's no information on her surname (unlike most of the other bakers) and she doesn't mention having any family.

by Anonymousreply 185October 18, 2021 3:59 PM

too bad Maggie didn't win any star baker, otherwise it would be interesting to see whom she would choose to all.

by Anonymousreply 186October 18, 2021 4:06 PM

She’s humiliated. Cut her some slack.

by Anonymousreply 187October 18, 2021 4:06 PM

she had an awful week, her cake collapsed, and she forgot the flour which was a bit strange, but she is old and the old people do forget things, I hardly call that humiliated.

by Anonymousreply 188October 18, 2021 4:16 PM

I don’t think she forgot the flour. I think there was an ingredient list and the flour was on the last page? Or something? Maybe? I dunno. I lost interest in her and her annoying rosacea.

by Anonymousreply 189October 18, 2021 4:25 PM

“It turns out the direction to add flour was one line on the next page and Maggie didn't see it.”

by Anonymousreply 190October 18, 2021 4:27 PM

They not only give you a list of ingredients, but they give you the ingredients in a neat little stack. The flour was not in the cupboard. It was right in front of her face. SMH.

by Anonymousreply 191October 18, 2021 4:27 PM

I think Noel’s big painted ogre head came popping into the picture when Maggie’s was reading the recipe, perhaps she was traumatized

by Anonymousreply 192October 18, 2021 4:29 PM

[quote] I don’t think she forgot the flour. I think there was an ingredient list and the flour was on the last page? Or something? Maybe?

R189 is a prime example of old people’s memory decline

by Anonymousreply 193October 18, 2021 4:42 PM

The flour was right in front of her face. When was the last time she made a pudding that did not require flour?

by Anonymousreply 194October 18, 2021 4:45 PM

What exactly do Brits mean by “dessert?”

by Anonymousreply 195October 18, 2021 4:53 PM

I can’t tell what they mean dessert because they call it pudding. “What’s for pudding, mum?”

by Anonymousreply 196October 18, 2021 4:59 PM

I love how this show has contestants saying, "I have no idea what in the hell I'm doing" only to have Paul say, "This is excellent, the best I've ever tasted" multiple times, each and every episode.

by Anonymousreply 197October 18, 2021 5:08 PM

I don’t understand the British categories/deliniations - there’s dessert, which includes puddings, but cakes are a separate category, and pastry is also a separate category?

by Anonymousreply 198October 18, 2021 5:11 PM

You seem to understand it quite well r198.

by Anonymousreply 199October 18, 2021 5:12 PM

But why aren’t cakes a dessert? They are too close to bread?

by Anonymousreply 200October 18, 2021 5:13 PM

Senile dementia ^

by Anonymousreply 201October 18, 2021 5:24 PM

[quote] But why aren’t cakes a dessert? They are too close to bread?

Perhaps they want to include skills that are not cake, biscuit (cookie), bread nor pudding. Skills that fit into neither of those categories.

by Anonymousreply 202October 18, 2021 5:27 PM

"For this challenge, you shall prepare a marzipan in the shade of Noel's teeth."

by Anonymousreply 203October 18, 2021 5:46 PM

I’d send the Vegan chick home just for the hell of it.

by Anonymousreply 204October 18, 2021 6:48 PM

Her vocal Frey has got to hurt.

by Anonymousreply 205October 18, 2021 7:05 PM

^fry, dammit

Freya’s fry, not Freya’s Frey. Sheesh.

by Anonymousreply 206October 18, 2021 7:08 PM

To Brits 'dessert' is normally just a general name for the sweet course, as is 'pudding' or 'afters'. On Bake-Off they use it to cover all the sweet things that don't have another more specific classification (cake, bread, biscuit etc).

by Anonymousreply 207October 18, 2021 9:32 PM

I do not mean to be offended, but the more British nomenclature is explained, the more confusing I find it.

I will never get how they use "pudding."

by Anonymousreply 208October 18, 2021 10:18 PM

Pudding is UC, darling.

by Anonymousreply 209October 18, 2021 11:25 PM

Maggie - ha! We laughed when she turned over the sticky toffee pudding and out dropped something looking like animal scat.

by Anonymousreply 210October 18, 2021 11:31 PM

Perhaps she was the Brit tv retard to bring awareness to dementia.

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by Anonymousreply 212October 19, 2021 12:56 AM

R208 In British English, "pudding" is used as a generic term for dessert. While you'll see 'desserts' on a menu, we don't tend to use the term at home very much because it comes across as quite formal.

Freya's vocal fry is off the charts in this episode.

by Anonymousreply 213October 19, 2021 8:01 PM

I wish the fuck that Freya would get kicked off.

by Anonymousreply 214October 19, 2021 10:32 PM

Doesn’t every series have an annoying young female character?

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by Anonymousreply 215October 19, 2021 11:10 PM

new is up

by Anonymousreply 216October 19, 2021 11:11 PM

Not an attractive bunch. Lizzie is just gross. Paul & Pru continue to lack chemistry and it sucks the life out of the show. Noel and Matt are unfunny. George the bear is the only one I actually like.

by Anonymousreply 217October 20, 2021 12:54 AM

Link to tonight's episode 5 - German week

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by Anonymousreply 218October 20, 2021 4:13 AM

I wish instead of Prue they would bring back past contestants to judge, even on a rotating basis. Prue never has anything constructive or useful to say. At least the past bakers could commiserate and talk about what they learned. And I’d much rather see them (except for Candace or Ruby, that is) than Prue.

by Anonymousreply 219October 20, 2021 6:02 AM

R219 = Mary Berry!

by Anonymousreply 220October 20, 2021 6:22 AM

I like Prue! I like Merry Berry too.

by Anonymousreply 221October 20, 2021 10:35 AM

Prue is boring---schoolmarm-ish despite the wacky accessories. Zero chemistry with Paul. He just seems to be phoning it in, wishing he were elsewhere. I'll bet he'd happily get rid of Noel and Matt.

by Anonymousreply 222October 20, 2021 11:56 AM

Or they could bring in Paul’s past barmaid girlfriends to co-judge. I’d watch that too.

by Anonymousreply 223October 20, 2021 4:56 PM

[quote] Prue is boring---schoolmarm-ish despite the wacky accessories. Zero chemistry with Paul. He just seems to be phoning it in, wishing he were elsewhere. I'll bet he'd happily get rid of Noel and Matt.

In other words, nothing about Paul has changed.

by Anonymousreply 224October 21, 2021 3:24 AM

Paul had chemistry with Mary. I think she made most of the effort, but still they were interesting as a pair. he and Prue have no energy whatsoever.

by Anonymousreply 225October 21, 2021 3:26 AM

[quote] Paul had chemistry with Mary

what kinda chemistry was there? grandma and uncle?

by Anonymousreply 226October 21, 2021 4:01 AM

Kidding and mutual respect, Helen Keller.

by Anonymousreply 227October 21, 2021 12:17 PM

It is of course now Dame Mary Berry. Paul and Mary did have a friendship outside the series, and may still do (it's not going to be mentioned on the show these days, for obvious reasons), but you never get the sense that Paul would be dropping in on Prue of an afternoon, as he did with Mary.

by Anonymousreply 228October 21, 2021 12:39 PM

Dame Mary said that she learned a lot from Paul, who was a very different kind of baker, with his bread background and mostly on the job training, That someone in her 80s can talk about learning new things is pretty remakable and sign of real respect.

by Anonymousreply 229October 21, 2021 1:04 PM

Mary just always seemed like some old lady home baker who wandered in. Prue seems to have an expertise.

So Mary got the job because she was a friend of Paul?

by Anonymousreply 230October 21, 2021 7:20 PM

[quote]Mary just always seemed like some old lady home baker who wandered in.

But nobody could bite into the corner of a cookie quite like her.

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by Anonymousreply 231October 21, 2021 8:18 PM

I don't know what's more surprising: that Jurgen didn't win German week, or that they finally settled on "génoise" and not "Genoese."

by Anonymousreply 232October 22, 2021 1:31 PM

Mary Berry has written dozens of cookbooks and judged countless competitions. Prue has a more corporate background although she also has written cookbooks and had cooking school. She seems very tied in with the Conservative party (her son is an MP and she was on some Tory committee) although she's originally from South Africa. Prue's also a dame. Nonetheless, she has no chemistry with Paul Hollywood and the show really sucks in its current form.

by Anonymousreply 233October 22, 2021 10:14 PM

Dame Mary has been a staple of British Television for 50 years!

And, yes, that's the core of the problem with the show now....Paul and Prue have ZERO chemistry together while Paul and Mary had great chemistry!

Paul also seems like he's hella bored with the show.

by Anonymousreply 234October 22, 2021 10:31 PM

I did NOT like how Paul kept snarking on poor Maggie for forgetting the flour. It was mean and it obviously upset her. OTHER contestants have forgotten an ingredient over the years (everyone who bakes on a regular basis has done this as well). If Sue and Mel were still on the show, I think they wouldn't have been happy about Paul being such a dick. Sue has already said that in the very beginning of the show, producers were trying to steer the show to being more adversarial and confrontational and Sue and Mel balked and said, "we're not interested in doing that kind of show...it's a mistake and we'll have no part of it" and the producers wisely stepped back.

by Anonymousreply 235October 22, 2021 10:34 PM

Mary? Meh-ry is more like it.


by Anonymousreply 236October 23, 2021 12:09 AM

I'm sorry, but forgetting the flour in a perfectly normal English pudding is not something "everyone" has done.

by Anonymousreply 237October 23, 2021 2:23 AM

1973-1976 was a period of loud clothing for Mary. Unlike other people, she outgrew it.

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by Anonymousreply 239October 23, 2021 2:32 AM

R237 It's not her old age or "dementia" that caused Maggie to forget the flour, I am pretty sure she knows how to make puddings at home, but in the tent, that pudding was a technical challenge the judges set for them, they are required to strictly follow the recipe to make the pudding, and Maggie didn't notice the flour was listed on the last line of ingredients on the second page, she read the first page but not the second page, she might even have her doubt "there was no flour?" but that's what she read on the first page, she just went for it with no flour.

by Anonymousreply 240October 23, 2021 2:53 AM

Wrong person was sent home this week. Another contestant has consistently performed worse during the season and is still there.

by Anonymousreply 241October 23, 2021 3:37 AM

Not knowing Mary Berry had ever done television before she seemed like a rather uninteresting old lady who was not comfortable on camera.

I would have thought Prue was the old pro. She seems a lot more relaxed and outgoing than Mary.

With Mary, Paul was clearly the main judge. With Prue it is more of a partnership.

by Anonymousreply 242October 23, 2021 4:19 AM

I don't get the Mary love. If you look at the clips from the 70s she is just as awkward in her delivery as she is now. In the one with Steak and Kidney pie, she sounds completely amateur stumbling over her words.

And Steak and Kidney pie? That sounds like the weirdest most disgusting combination I could think of.

by Anonymousreply 243October 23, 2021 4:24 AM
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by Anonymousreply 245October 23, 2021 6:40 AM

R245 Please stop, we get it you are a big Mary Berry fan but please don't spam here, this thread is about GBBO not Mary Berry. If we want to watch Mary Berry cooking, we can find them on YouTube.

by Anonymousreply 246October 23, 2021 7:58 AM

Someone mentioned upthread Prue and Paul not being the closest offscreen. I think it's due to personality and generational differences. Prue and Sandy are close friends offscreen. They even did a show last year together.

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by Anonymousreply 247October 23, 2021 9:41 AM

I think the wrong person went home this week, too.

WHY is that ghastly old lady cop, Amanda still stinking up the tent?!?!? She's horrible and should have went home weeks ago.

Frankly, either Amanda or hunky but dim George should have left the tent before the person they booted.

And, doing German Week with an actual German on as a contestant was mean and stupid. It put him in an awkward position of it either looking like the producers were playing favorites AND it put pressure on Jurgen that really wasn't fair. You could tell he wasn't very comfortable with the situation.

The show is not nearly as good as when it was on BBC...since it moved to Channel 4 it's gone down in quality with the producers making stupid decisions.

by Anonymousreply 248October 23, 2021 9:56 AM

Isn’t Paul the one who arranged to move the show off the BBC and push Mary, Sue, and Mel out? That was my impression at the time…

I think the correct person went home but that there is a lot of chaff in the contestants this year. There are five or six more contestants you know are lined up for the chopping block and shouldn’t make it to the final.

Did Noel get COVID?

by Anonymousreply 249October 23, 2021 10:13 AM

I love Jurgen’s accent/voice. It’s adorable.

But girl! Trim those eyebrows!

by Anonymousreply 250October 23, 2021 11:17 AM

It wasn't Paul who moved the show - he had zero say, It was the production company who went for more money.

by Anonymousreply 251October 23, 2021 12:16 PM

[quote] [R245] Please stop, we get it you are a big Mary Berry fan but please don't spam here, this thread is about GBBO not Mary Berry. If we want to watch Mary Berry cooking, we can find them on YouTube.

Mary! Cut the dramatics. I posted 2 links to two of her newer series. How about you stop spamming the thread with hyperbolic nonsense.

by Anonymousreply 252October 23, 2021 1:45 PM

The Mary hater criticizes her for being awkward in the 70s? Hon, that was ages ago. She's an old pro now, literally and it's nice that likes to kick back a drink once in awhile.

by Anonymousreply 253October 23, 2021 4:18 PM

Was she well known? It looks like she was on a local station back in the 70s. I am not trying to be snarky, but she seems to have been picked up out of obscurity for the Baking Show, but some are talking like she was some kind of celebrity.

by Anonymousreply 254October 23, 2021 5:08 PM

R254, they don't have local stations in the UK and she does done tons of tv over decades. The corporate hack, right winger Prue has do tv, as well, but she still seems to have a stick up her butt.

by Anonymousreply 255October 23, 2021 5:19 PM

Big, big fan of the gentle, refined and telegenic Mary Berry. And it’s because I really enjoyed Mary in the first season’s of Bake-Off (and all her other media old and new) that I really admire Pru for stepping in so handily and maintaining the tone and quality of the Bake-Off judging process. She’s telegenic in a different way, and very honest and clear in her commentary. She’s excellent.

I do see this season’s cast as pretty evenly divided. It looks like an even split between really careful ‘process’ bakers and some charismatic home bakers whose flavors, appearance and stories are interesting, but less so than the actual « mastery » seen in the top contenders. I can see that they are trying to appeal to all viewer tastes, and that’s hard to do. It’s still a great show and worth watching. I also notice that colleagues at work who enjoy and talk about the show tend to be sweet, kind people.

by Anonymousreply 256October 23, 2021 6:25 PM

[quote] WHY is that ghastly old lady cop, Amanda still stinking up the tent?!

That’s who I thought should’ve left. I’ve no idea why they keep her. Because they need a menopausal lady until the very end? She’s awful, she’s never done a good bake. The person who left has done a few excellent bakes, considering limitations.

GBBO kept Laura Adlington on far longer in one of the earlier s series, but Laura had a friendly outgoing personality & the added attraction of being obese, so GBBO got points for not “fat shaming” an obese girl by letting her go. Amanda has absolutely nothing going for her.

by Anonymousreply 257October 23, 2021 6:26 PM

The judges keep mentioning that Amanda’s flavors are wonderful. Her baking technique is the issue. Paul said her showstopper this most recent episode was one of the most delicious things he’s eaten in many years, it was just messy/sloppy.

by Anonymousreply 258October 23, 2021 6:30 PM

There’s clearly only one solution to this debate. Mary and Prue need to strip naked to the waist and wrestle in the mud.

by Anonymousreply 259October 23, 2021 6:34 PM

Stop saying “the person who left”. Anyone reading this far into the discussion of a new episode has got to expect spoilers. I cheered when Freya left. I can’t take her voice.

by Anonymousreply 260October 24, 2021 5:38 AM
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