Sue Perkins has claimed Great British Bake Off contestant Iain Watters “really lost it” during the show’s infamous Bin Gate debacle. In one of the hit baking competition’s most infamous moments ever, Iain dramatically binned his Baked Alaska after it failed to set during the 2014 series. Reflecting on the incident, which made front page news when it aired, former Bake Off host Sue revealed there was also a lot going on behind the scenes that didn’t make it into the show. Appearing on Ed Gamble and James Acaster’s Off Menu podcast, Sue said: “I had to talk to him. Yeah, he was effing and jeffing. There’s a lot of effing and jeffing which was the first time we’ve had that on camera in Bake Off.“Obviously there’s a lot of it going on backstage, mainly because I’m just foul of mouth but normally it’s very mellow, as you know. He really lost it.“And in that moment I was with him, it was life and death, but then slowly this creeping contextualisation of just… I’m with a man in a tent, whose ice cream has melted. This is… Meanwhile in Syria…”  Sue continued: “I had to take him out, and we had to have a little chat, be nice guy, and just say, ‘Come on, let’s bring some perspective to this. Maybe, maybe not, somebody opened the fridge door, it might have affected the temperature.’“But I have to say the aplomb with which he just got the foot on the pedal of the pedal bin. It was like something out of Thelma and Louise, when you see that close up of it going up and down.”The ramifications of #BinGate were huge, mainly for Iain’s fellow contestant, Diana Beard, who found herself on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse, when she was accused of sabotaging Iain’s Baked Alaska.However a statement from the BBC insisted she was not to blame for the ice cream melting. “Diana removing Iain’s ice cream from the freezer for less than a minute was in no way responsible for Iain’s departure,” the broadcaster said at the time. Sue co-hosted the first seven series of The Great British Bake Off with comedy partner Mel Giedroyc prior to the show’s move from the BBC to Channel 4 in 2017. It is now hosted by Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding, while long-serving judge Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith cast an eye over the contestant’s bakes. The latest episode of the Off Menu podcast is available to stream now. READ MORE:Bake Off Unveils Star-Studded Line-Up For New Celebrity SeriesMel Giedroyc Did The Absolutely Unthinkable To Someone's Meal While Working In CateringSue Perkins Rages At 'Utter, Smirking D**k' Matt Hancock Over Squirming GMB Interview
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Paul Hollywood found a useful way of filling his time while bubbled up in the Great British Bake Off’s biosphere. The baker has revealed he taught Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding how to drive while filming the current series of the Channel 4 show. Neither of the show’s presenters are able to drive, so famous petrolhead Paul opted to help them learn using the on-set buggies at Down Hall in Essex. Speaking to The Mirror, Paul said: “Neither of the male hosts have actually got a driving licence.“So I was trying to teach Matt a few little tricks on the go kart and how to drive it at speed. But it was, it was fun. We need a challenge actually.“We need to get a newspaper involved where we end up teaching Noel and Matt how to drive a car. Get a licence for them.”Fellow judge Prue Leith: “I tell you what, Matt got to drive just as fast as Paul Hollywood. In the end, he was zipping around with that bug. And I kept thinking, ‘That’s a guy who can’t drive!’.”Paul added: “Now he wants to do his test. The buggies did the trick.”During filming of the latest series, all of the cast and crew had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks so they wouldn’t have to socially distance on camera. All of the hosts, judges and bakers lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers” during the six-week shoot. Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The shoot, which was described as “gruelling” by the show’s bosses, saw the team work on a two days on, two days off basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, previously revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” he said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.READ MORE: Great British Bake Off's Return Has Set A Pretty Impressive Record For Channel 4 Take A Peek Inside The Bake Off Bubble With Matt Lucas' Behind-The-Scenes Tour Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson Skit On The Great British Bake Off Attracts Ofcom Complaints
Matt Lucas has offered fans of The Great British Bake Off an inside look at the show’s bubble, with a behind-the-scenes tour. During filming of the latest series, all of the cast and crew had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks so they wouldn’t have to socially distance on camera. With much intrigue about what that was like on location in the grounds of Down Hall in Essex, Matt filmed a video during his first day to share with viewers. In a clip posted on the show’s official Twitter account, Matt revealed the four “shepherds huts” he, Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood were able to make use of in their downtime. There was also a tour of the production village, which was seen to have many Covid safety measures, including hand gel and temperature checks, and was also home to the area where the ingredients are prepped.  Matt also took us inside Down Hall, where he caught up with Paul.  What’s life like inside the Bake Off biosphere? Join @RealMattLucas as he heads to the Tent for his first day on the show! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/mFzFHYBaKy— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 28, 2020All of the hosts, judges and bakers lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers” during the six-week shoot. Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The shoot, which was described as “gruelling” by the show’s bosses, saw the team work on a two days on, two days off basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, previously revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” he said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.READ MORE: GBBO's Latest Axed Baker Penned A Letter After Their Exit, And It's A Real Tear-Jerker Great British Bake Off Returns To Innuendo-Heavy Best In Biscuit Week Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever
Warning! This article reveals the result of the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off.Former Great British Bake Off contestant Mak has penned a tear-jerking letter following his controversial elimination. On Tuesday night, the 51-year-old was axed from the competition after his efforts during Biscuit Week failed to impress judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood. While Mak insisted he had expected to leave the tent, there was still some conversation as to whether it was the right result, after Rowan narrowly escaped elimination, despite having served up some incomplete bakes.Following the result, an emotional open letter from Mak was shared on the official GBBO Twitter account, as he thanked the show for being “a beacon of light” in a year that “the world was in turmoil”. He wrote: “There aren’t that many shows on TV that brings a nation together. In recent times only one sticks out and it’s the Bake Off. A show of legendary stature and iconic value.“The stars aligned for me for series 11 (2020). The world was in turmoil but for me, 2020 was all about the Bake Off.“The privilege to have been selected and go in front of the nation with my quirky features was unbelievable.“It was an honour to be a part of a show that was a beacon of light – there is always hope in baking.”“There is always hope in baking”Here’s marvellous Mak’s letter to all you Bake Off fans out there… #GBBOpic.twitter.com/mVgoSdjVHf— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 29, 2020He concluded: “Let’s end oppression and inequality through our kindness and love. Go Bake Off!”Yep, there’s definitely something in our eye.  The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Returns To Innuendo-Heavy Best In Biscuit Week Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson Skit On The Great British Bake Off Attracts Ofcom Complaints Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever
Recently, Great British Bake Off is finally returning to Channel 4 after rumors that the show would be canceled.The Great British Bake Off contestants have confirmed, and as usual, the electric bunch is waiting to impress the Great British Bake Off judges and hosts.The Great British Bake Off is a British TV baking competition, produced by Love Productions in which bakers compete against each other is a series of rounds trying to impress the judges with baking skills and one contestant gets eliminated in each round.The show then shifted to Love Productions and signed to a three year deal with the broadcaster Channel 4, so the rest of the series broadcasted in that channel.The show’s deal with BBC has renewal; hence BBC has all global distribution rights of the show up to the year 2028.And just why did the contestant Sura knock a rival’s cake?However, the wait is over, the most awaited show of the television Great British Bake Off has featured on Channel 4 on 22 September.
The Great British Bake Off finally returned to our screens on Tuesday night, and there was a new face in that famous tent.Matt Lucas has joined Noel Fielding on the Bake Off presenting team following Sandi Toksvig’s departure - and needless to say, there were japes a plenty from the Little Britain star.As well as mocking Boris Johnson before the show had even properly started, Matt delivered plenty of memorable gags that went down a (sweet) treat with viewers.Here are some of the highlights…On fluffing his debutAs Matt and co-host Noel went to kick off the signature challenge, he shouted “Bake!” at the wrong time – first too early, and then too late. Hats off to Matt Lucas! He made quite an impression in Cake Week! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/0UJgbCx1P6— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 22, 2020On his eating habitsSpeaking to one contestant, Matt admitted: “I have the eating age of a nine-year-old. I just eat Super Noodles.“You know they are called Batchelors Super Noodles? Because I am homosexual I call them Confirmed Batchelors Super Noodles.”On the show’s high stakesAs the technical challenge came to a close, Noel announced: “Bakers, you only have got half an hour left.”Matt replied: “We don’t mean half an hour to live, we just mean half an hour to the end of the challenge, so don’t panic too much.”Noel then added: “One of you has got half an hour to live…”On a bubble gum-flavoured cakeLoriea, a diagnostic radiographer from Durham, delivered a bubble gum Battenberg during the signature challenge, but failed to impress the judges.Matt told her: “I do rather like it. When I have my ninth birthday party can you cook for me please?”On the episode’s dropped cakesThe technical challenge saw the bakers asked to craft six miniature upside-down pineapple cakes.As they delivered their creations to the judges, Sura swung her arm to hit a fly and knocked Dave, causing four of his six cakes to fly across the room.Matt quipped: “It’s my fault because I was looking at you when it happened. And you were probably hypnotised by my beauty.”This year’s series opener notched up Bake Off’s biggest overnight launch audience since its move to Channel 4, the broadcaster said, averaging 6.9 million viewers and peaking at 7.9 million.The Great British Bake Off airs on Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.MORE BAKE OFF: Matt Lucas Hilariously Mocks Boris Johnson In Great British Bake Off Debut Toppling Tiers And Custard Crimes: Great British Bake Off’s Biggest Disasters Ever This Year's Great British Bake Off Contestants Are (As Ever) A Seriously Eclectic Mix
For one of the warmest and cosiest shows on TV, there can still be a hell of a lot of tension on The Great British Bake Off. Most of that stems from when things aren’t going exactly to plan for the bakers, as they navigate the challenges set by Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and previously Mary Berry. Over the course of the last 10 series, there have been many memorable-for-all-the-wrong-reasons moments. Here’s the biggest disasters to strike inside that famous tent... #BinGate Let’s start with the obvious one, shall we?In one of the most memorable Bake Off moments ever, Iain Watters binned his Baked Alaska back in 2014 after it fell apart when he removed it from the tray, having failed to freeze. To add to matters, fellow competitor Diana Beard had momentarily removed it from the fridge, with some viewers wrongly accusing her of ruining his bake. Toppling tiersBake Off’s first-ever Vegan Week didn’t go exactly as planned for contestant Ruby Bhogal back in 2018, when she had trouble getting her two-tier cake to stay in place. After a team effort to get it to stay, the bakers headed out of the tent as they awaited the judges’ verdict, only for the top tier of Ruby’s cake to make a break for it…Heatwave horrorThe heatwave of 2018 also played havoc with one of Terry Hartill’s bakes during Cake Week, when the heat caused his Eiffel Tower cake to start looking more like the Leaning Tower Of Pisa.After his attempts to save it, the chocolate decorations crumbled and he binned the top layer, presenting the judges with only two thirds of the French landmark. An act of godPaul Jagger earned a place in the hearts of Bake Off fans with his incredible lion bread, but he had much less luck during Patisserie Week in 2015.  His religieuse a l’ancienne showstopper collapsed under the weight of construction ahead of the final judging, with Paul subsequently exiting the competition. Baking bloodbathThere was a bloodbath in the tent back in series three, when eventual winner John Whaite had a kitchen mishap involving a blender. John nearly lost a finger after dipping his hand in the Magimix, and he came close to passing out as blood filled his glove. He was later taken out of the tent to receive medical attention. Devastating demolition Funnily enough, Louise Williams was eliminated from the competition after presenting this to Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood back in 2016, after disaster struck her gingerbread house in the final moments. Speaking afterwards, she said: “I laugh at it now but it was devastating at the time. I think I could have got top marks for a cake disaster award.”Flattened muffinsWe miss Mel and Sue a lot on Bake Off, but one person who might have wished they weren’t in the tent during his series was Howard Middleton. Back in 2013, Sue was responsible for flattening his muffins (!) during Bread Week when she leant down on the counter to have a chat with him, not realising her arm was resting on his bakes. However, Howard’s mauled muffins were just the start of his problems...Custard crimesJust a week later, Howard suffered another setback when Deborah Manger mistakenly stole his custard during Dessert Week. Deborah soon realised her error and confessed to Sue, in what became known as #CustardGate on social media. “It’s either a terrible error or the most incredible case of baking espionage I’ve ever seen,” Sue joked, before Debroah offered Howard her custard to use instead. Gloopy gateau Series six contestant Dorret Conway was left in tears in the very first week of the competition when her showstopper challenge went off course. She’d had trouble getting her black forest gateau to firm up, putting it in the fridge to help it set. But – as you can see from above – her hopes were dashed when it came to taking it out of its plastic.  It wasn’t all bad though, as a strong enough performance in the signature and technical challenge helped see her through to the next week. Fit for the floorBack in series three, competition favourite James Morton experienced every baker’s worst nightmare when he dropped an entire cake on the floor. While he still had time to whip up another to replace it, his final efforts still didn’t hit the right spot with the judges. A sorry soufflé Steph Blackwell had been the favourite to win the 10th series in 2019, but was left in tears when her stilton soufflés collapsed into liquid during the final technical challenge. After her later showstopper was badly received, she was given a hug by Paul, before David Atherton was crowned the winner of the series. Early errorsThe bakers had only been set their first challenge when disaster struck Henry Bird in 2019. An intricate topper for his signature bake – a house made out of piped royal icing – smashed into tiny little pieces as he tried to place it on the top of his fruit cake. Still, it didn’t set Henry back in the long run, as he went on to last eight weeks in the competition.The new series of The Great British Bake Off airs Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4. READ MORE: From Penis Loaves To A Giant Meringue Turd, These Are The Rudest Bake Off Creations Ever The 18 Most Controversial Great British Bake Off Moments Ever What Ever Happened To The Winners Of Bake Off Past?
Netflix has announced when US subscribers will be able to catch the latest episodes from the next season of The Great British Baking Show, which will first be made available to viewers in the United Kingdom. The series debuted on the BBC back in 2010, quickly growing in popularity and earning itself a place on international TVs. Netflix began streaming … Continue reading
With just a week to go until the new series of the Great British Bake Off gets going, Channel 4 has introduced us to the new bunch of amateur bakers.The upcoming series was filmed in total secret over the summer, with 12 brand new contestants joining the “Bake Off bubble” and competing in that famous tent for the seal of approval from Prue Leith and... whatever the pandemic equivalent of a handshake from Paul Hollywood is.Fancy getting to know them a little better before the series begins? Oh, go on then…DavidAge: 30Job: Armoured guardFrom: HampshireBaking speciality: Bread (pretzels, brioche rolls and baguettes are apparently his special favourites)Best memory from filming: “I remember meeting Matt Lucas and realising that he was as nervous as I was being there. Meeting Noel was a lifelong dream so meeting him was something I won’t forget!”Anything else we should know: David apparently likes to listen to punk rock music to get in the baking mood, a tip he apparently picked up from Mary Berry (yeah alright, we made up that last bit). HermineAge: 39Job: AccountantFrom: Benin, now lives in LondonBaking speciality: High-end patisserie (especially intricate offerings like millefeuille, éclairs and entremets)Best memory from filming: “Getting to know the other bakers and forming bonds.”Anything else we should know: Hermine describes herself as “a notorious feeder with an infectious laugh”, which we can’t wait to hear, frankly. LauraAge: 31Job: Digital managerFrom: KentBaking speciality: Her decoration is her strong suit, and is “proud to have mastered the art of piped buttercream flowers”.Best memory from filming: “My fondest memory was also my most stressful one! When I ran out of ganache – Sura came to my rescue and helped me with about a minute to spare. She was amazing and I knew there and then I had a friend for life.”Anything else we should know: Laura is a huge musical theatre fan, and got a little starstruck when she met Bake Off host Matt Lucas, who she’d seen in Les Misérables a year before filming. “I made a bit of a fool out of myself,” she recalls. “I think my first words to him were ‘OMG I LOVE YOU’.”Linda Age: 61Job: Living team leaderFrom: East SussexBaking speciality: Sausage rollsBest memory from filming: “Meeting the other contestants on the first day, we were all there to compete for the coveted accolade yet I didn’t feel we were in competition with each other.  I felt grateful and privileged to be in the mighty tent with so many talented bakers and a bit star struck meeting Prue, Paul, Noel and lovely Matt. I couldn’t believe I was there, it could only be my love of baking and how it pleases me to feed others that shone through at the auditions!”Anything else we should know: Linda’s love of baking dates back to her childhood, when she would pay a visit to her aunt’s dairy farm. After milking the family cows, she’d use the milk in her early bakes. LorieaAge: 27Job: Diagnostic radiographerFrom: Jamaica, but now lives in DurhamBaking speciality: Jamaican pattiesBest memory from filming: “How supportive we all were to each other, despite coming from various backgrounds. Basically, it was like catching up with long lost friends.”Anything else we should know: Loriea admits she rarely follows a recipe without putting her own spin on it, and loves adding “coconut, chillies and cinnamon” into her bakes.  LottieAge: 31Job: Pantomime producerFrom: West SussexBest memory from filming: “We were all nervous about making a cake bust of our celebrity heroes and knowing that we were all in the same boat was really reassuring! As a group we got really close really quickly because we were all living together and that made it feel extra special.”Anything else we should know: Lottie says it’s important for her to incorporate as much of her “dark sense of humour” in her baking as possible. Makbul Age: 51Job: AccountantFrom: Greater ManchesterBaking speciality: Puff pastry and traditional Asian nankhatai biscuitsBest memory from filming: “My fondest memory of week one would be firstly getting together as a group and how we all clicked. At last getting to meet all the people on the bake off team and the amazing support and friendship they gave me.”Anything else we should know: Makbul is also a beekeeper, and uses honey from his hives in his own baking at home. MarkAge: 32Job: Project managerFrom: Northern Ireland, but now lives in LiverpoolBaking speciality: Multi-tiered wedding cakesBest memory from filming: “The best has to be the moment when I met all the other bakers. After months and months of waiting, it was brilliant when we all eventually got to meet each other. We all bonded really quickly in the first week.”Anything else we should know: Mark fell in love with baking at a pie shop when he was at uni in Edinburgh, eventually paying them a visit every day to sample their mac and cheese pie. PeterAge: 20Job: Accountancy studentFrom: EdinburghBaking speciality: Anything use ingredients like berries, whisky, oats and honey from his native ScotlandBest memory from filming: “Just being in the tent with the judges, presenters and other bakers and realising that I was ON THE BAKE OFF!!!”Anything else we should know: Peter has been a badminton player for the last decade, and has represented his county in the sport since 2012.  MarcAge: 51Job: Bronze resin sculptorFrom: Born in Leicester, he now lives in CornwallBaking speciality: Bread and “any dough-based recipes”Best memory from filming: “Being surrounded by 11 other great people, all in the competition with me, and I just remember feeling the very positive and exciting energy in the tent.”Anything else we should know: A single dad, Marc says he wanted to take part in Bake Off “to show his daughters that even when life throws obstacles at you, you can rise to new challenges and develop new passions”.RowanAge: 55Job: Music teacherFrom: WorcestershireBaking speciality: “Fine, complex, layered cakes.”Best memory from filming: “The joy and satisfaction of working alongside other lovely bakers… [and] a gin and tonic afterwards.”Anything else we should know: Is there literally anything Rowan can’t do? Aside from being a keen baker, musician and gardener, he’s also a fitness fanatic who swims a mile most mornings and has a passion for “all things 1700s”. SuraAge: 31 Job: Pharmacy dispenserFrom: LondonBaking speciality: “Small and dainty bakes”Best memory from filming: “I was looking forward to meeting Prue the most.  I have watched her for many years on TV and I just loved her passion for food and flavours and her immense knowledge on it all. She inspired a lot of my baking in my early 20s.”Anything else we should know: Sura says her Middle Eastern and Asian heritage has led her to experiment with a lot of flavour in her baking, and now lives in London with her husband and grandmother.Great British Bake Off returns to Channel 4 on 22 September.MORE BAKE OFF: Bake Off Boss Details 'Enormous Feat' Of Ensuring Show Looks 'Normal' This Year Bake Off Execs Detail 'Massive Sacrifice' Team Made To Ensure This Year's Series Happened Everyone Is Making The Same Joke About Matt Lucas Hosting The Great British Bake Off
Anyone in need of some on-screen escapism can breathe a sigh of relief, as Channel 4 has confirmed we’re less than two weeks away from a brand new series of Great British Bake Off.Initially, because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the TV industry, fans were concerned that we may not get a series of Bake Off in 2020, but it was later revealed that bosses had managed to film a whole new run “in secret” over the summer.It’s now been confirmed there’s not long at all to wait until the new episodes hit our screens, with the show set to return on Tuesday 22 September at 8pm.The news was confirmed in a tweet on the official Bake Off Twitter account, alongside a photo of the show’s freshly-updated team, including new addition Matt Lucas.Put a little love in your tart. Join us on Tuesday 22nd September for the return of The Great British Bake Off! #GBBOpic.twitter.com/q5k4kjrTZt— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) September 9, 2020Matt is taking over as Noel Fielding’s co-host from Sandi Toksvig, who stepped down from Bake Off earlier this year.Also returning to the tent are Prue Leith and Bake Off’s longest-serving star, Paul Hollywood. Channel 4’s deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, Kelly Webb-Lamb, recently teased what was in store for the new series, insisting it was important to the team that Bake Off feel as “normal” as possible.“I certainly felt that working to ensure we could get Bake Off back on the screen was such an important thing for us as a channel,” she explained. “[And] such an important thing for the audience and Love Productions [who make Bake Off] were just full of ingenuity and determination to get it to happen.”It was previously revealed all contestants, cast, crew and members of the production team had been forced to staying together in a “bubble” at a hotel for the duration of the six-week shoot.READ MORE: Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated' David Walliams And Matt Lucas Issue Apologies Over Little Britain Blackface
Last year, Strictly Come Dancing broke new ground as two male professionals danced together to Emili Sandé’s Shine. These three minutes of LGBTQ+ representation were immediately countered by 189 official complaints that it was “offensive to show two men dancing together”. Twitter was alight with those who cried sacrilege against the tradition of men and women dancing together. Dancing on Ice stirred similar controversy earlier this year when it was announced that pop star Ian Watkins was to be paired with professional Matt Evers for his stint on the show. Broadcast regulator Ofcom received 16 complaints after their first performance – based, again, on the violation of tradition.It is against this background that today the BBC announced Nicola Adams OBE as the sixth member of their 2020 cast – but most importantly, as the first contestant in the show’s 16-year history to dance with a professional of the same sex.Strictly's cross-generational appeal is why this representation is so important.This is already being labelled as “absurd” with the BBC lambasted for “bias” and “pandering”. A number of comments ask why she can’t “just dance with a man even if she doesn’t fancy him” – seemingly missing the fact that dancing and sexuality are separate (Strictly curse aside, I don’t think it is a pre-requisite for dancers to “fancy” one another).There are also those who declare that this “isn’t news”, missing the point entirely. Of course, we wish it wasn’t news, but – at least for now – it needs to be.Growing up, it was near impossible to normalise how I felt inside. At school it was never mentioned except as an insult in the playground. There was nothing in books, on the radio, or on television that suggested there was any other way of existing than in the straight and narrow.When I hit my teens, I began to see LGBTQ+ storylines on television – but they were unanimously tragic. I’d watch young gay characters become ostracised from society – stereotypes driving home how “other” I was. We still have a long way to go, but the winds have begun to change. LGBTQ+ stories are becoming more visible, expanding to fill the breadth of their experience. The impact of this representation is huge but is also often silent.Competing on The Great British Bake Off, my sexuality was never addressed on the show – but hundreds of people saw themselves in me. I regularly receive private messages from young people who don’t know how to express how they feel and just need to talk to somebody like them. These people, some children, are going through some of the most momentous changes people can experience and often feel so alone. Many feel unable to discuss their feelings with their loved ones, regardless of how accepting they might be.Related... Here Are All The Celebrities Who've Been Rumoured For Strictly Come Dancing 2020 Here's A Rundown Of The Celebrities Confirmed For Strictly Come Dancing 2020 So Far Television is more than a window into living rooms across the country – it is a door that opens minds and conversations. Many are complaining that Strictly is “a family show” and that this move sexualises the competition (the classic “we accept that you exist but don’t rub it in my face” line) – but its cross-generational appeal is why this representation is so important.Families who can sense a young person’s distress may find an opening through the lens of the show to create safe spaces and initiate conversations. At the very least, young people will see people who are like them, and it will provide a light at the end of the tunnel. Far from a box-ticking exercise in diversity, this casting choice will inspire and create genuine change – entertainment doubling as education. Even better, Nicola is a Black bisexual woman representing a community that is all too often fronted by white gay men, with the other letters forgotten. Tackling this lack of diversity is a huge challenge, and this platform offers much-needed visibility.It’s worth noting that Nicola herself was the one to suggest a same-sex partner to producers, who have honoured her request (so not “box-ticking”, then). Nicola will likely be aware of the criticism she will face – and we must be vigilant against insidious homophobia (masked as concern over “traditional values”) and stand tall beside her. With all of that said, recognising the importance and value of Nicola’s place in the competition, let’s not reduce her to her sexuality. Nicola is a brilliant, bold and brave role model to many – retiring from boxing at 36 with an undefeated record and two Olympic gold medals, having swept all competitions open to her. Who knows if she’ll be a good dancer – her TikTok certainly suggests she might be – but we must allow her the chance to prove herself on a level playing field with the other contestants. Nicola says it best: “It’s a big step for the show and nice to see that we are able to move on.” Let’s recognise this historic stride forwards and go with it into a world where representation is so normal that it doesn’t need to be news.Michael Chakraverty is a writer and former Great British Bake Off contestant. Related... 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Great British Bake Off fans should not be able to tell the new series was produced in the middle of a global pandemic, according to a top Channel 4 boss. Producers went to extraordinary lengths to make the 11th run of the hit baking competition, as they navigated Covid regulations that proved to be logistically challenging. Kelly Webb-Lamb, deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual for Channel 4, has detailed the “enormous feat” of getting the show into production, but assured viewers: “What you will see looks like normal Bake Off.”Speaking at the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival, she said: “I think we all felt, I certainly felt that working to ensure we could get Bake Off back on the screen was such an important thing for us as a channel, such an important thing for the audience and Love Productions (who make Bake Off) were just full of ingenuity and determination to get it to happen.”It was previously revealed all contestants, cast, crew and members of the production team had been forced to staying together in a “bubble” at a hotel for the duration of the six-week shoot. Detailing some of the extraordinary lengths the team went to in order to ensure everyone’s safety, Kelly continued: “The car you’re driving to set also has to be quarantined, nobody can have been in it for the time of quarantine and then everything that comes on to set has to be properly disinfected to protect everybody on set and the production.“That then means that set is Covid-secure and that enables a little bit more flexibility so in the tent what you will see looks like normal Bake Off because it it is normal Bake Off and we’ve been able to do that.“That does mean the talent and cast and crew lived in that bubble for the duration of production which is obviously different to how we would normally make Bake Off.“I think that on screen it will feel like Bake Off, in the way they were living it was different but it was an incredible feat from Love (Productions, which makes it) to pull that off,” she added. Filming was originally due to take place in the spring in order for the show to begin airing this month. Production eventually began in “deep secret” in July, with filming wrapping last week. The upcoming series will feature Matt Lucas’ debut as Sandi Toksvig’s replacement, as he joins co-host Noel Fielding and judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith in the tent. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Has Already Resumed Filming 'In Deep Secret' Amid Coronavirus Changes Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated'
The Great British Bake Off bosses have revealed the “massive sacrifice” the cast and crew made to ensure this year’s series could happen despite the pandemic. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, detailed various behind-the-scenes secrets from filming, including how 120 people had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks during the shoot so they did not have to socially distance. Speaking to Broadcast, Smith said: “So many people rely on Bake Off for work that we knew we had to work out a plan.”Smith worked with Love Productions’ managing director Letty Kavanagh to hire a South-East location in July, where all of the cast and crew lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers”.Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The six-week shoot, which was described as “gruelling”, saw the team work on a “two days on, two days off” basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. When filming, producers even worked out a way to transport people from the tent to the nearby hotel so no-one would need to use any public toilets. Smith and Kavanagh revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” Smith said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”He also said new host Matt Lucas, who replaced Sandi Toksvig to team up with Noel Fielding, had also slotted right into the show.“He was practically living with the bakers,” Smith said. “It felt like he had always been there.”On Wednesday, it was confirmed on Bake Off’s social media pages that filming on the 11th series had wrapped. View this post on InstagramA post shared by The Great British Bake Off (@britishbakeoff) on Aug 19, 2020 at 4:00am PDTFilming was originally due to take place in the spring in order for the show to begin airing this month. However, judge Paul Hollywood, who returned to the show alongside Prue Leith, previously told Radio Times that could “turn around the programme pretty quickly and still have it out in late summer or early autumn”. READ MORE: Great British Bake Off Has Already Resumed Filming 'In Deep Secret' Amid Coronavirus Changes Paul Hollywood 'Surprised' And 'Upset' By Sandi Toksvig's Bake Off Exit Sue Perkins Reveals 'Painful' Paul Hollywood Fall Out That's Left Her 'Devastated'
Some things are so negative, and you just cannot put a positive spin to it.Nothing makes you feel worse than growing up.Muscles and joints you did not know your body has started weathering, your dinnertime has become earlier, “The Great British Bake Off” becomes a show that you relate with and want to watch even when you are sober.J. G. Quintel’s brand-new HBO Max series called “Close Enough” is the closest a sitcom can come to how frustrating and annoying it is to be an adult.But it is better to deal with maturity as an adventure life threw at you, rather than sit home and mourn the inevitable.“Close Enough” is a lot like Quintel’s other series, Regular Show, in terms of style and humour.
Muscles and joints you did not know your body has started weathering, your dinnertime has become earlier, “The Great British Bake Off” becomes a show that you relate with and want to watch even when you are sober.This hilarious animated comedy gives us a glimpse into the lives of parents Josh and Emily, their daughter Candice, and newly  divorced friends Alex, and Bridgette .Every 15-minute episode starts with a fundamental, relatable but solvable problem, like Josh and Emily visiting a night club with hopes of recreating their long lost life and feeling young again.In the case mentioned, the club they visit, literally named Logan’s Run, murders anyone above the age of 35.It sounds so silly and extreme, but this is what makes it so very entertaining.Close Enough persistently engulfs you with random quirks and silliness of all the characters to make an exaggerated and more amusing point.Watching the new parents struggle to salvage their lost youth, and the abandoned dreams of their youth is unbelievably realistic.Together, they have built a loving family with their incredible daughter and a house full of amazing friends.Close Enough does not talk about aims of your teenage years or the perspective stemming out with old age.
On this episode of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discuss the top trending tech stories of the day, including Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, leaked Razr smartphone pics, the arrival of Apple TV+, the U.S.Interior Department’s grounding of its fleet of drones, and more.This week in our Work/Life segment, Nibler and Ciara Pressler discuss the challenges faced by workers trying to figure out what their bosses are thinking, and the steps they can take to be sure to stay on the same page as their company.Adrien Warner joins Nibler to break down the biggest stories in entertainment from this past week for Between the Streams.Topics include the launch of Apple TV+, Netflix’s The Witcher, and The Great British Baking Show.Ken Yeung, technology editor at Flipboard, joins us for Tech Briefs, a wrap-up of the biggest tech stories of this past week, including the streaming wars, Apple AirPods Pro, HBO Max, and more.
Edd published three books after quitting the job 1) Say It with Cake, 2) The Boy Who Bakes and 3) Patisserie Made Simple.After winning the first-ever season, Edd working on several cooking shows & gigs such as The Alan Titchmarsh Show in 2014, BBC Good Food, and on his blog.Meanwhile, John published four recipe based cooking books in London.The last BBC show concept based on home-cooked food and wholesome cooking.Outside of cooking, she is a columnist for “The Times Magazine.”The “Bake Me a Story”recognized by the Children’s Book of the Year prize at the 2017 British Book Awards and the judging panel shortlisted the book.https://www.justwebworld.com/the-great-british-bake-off-winners/
Netflix popularized binge-watching by dropping all of the episodes in a season at the same time.This is a bittersweet arrangement: while it enables users to enjoy multiple episodes in the same time period, viewers also complain that they end up watching an entire season over a few days, leaving them with a year or longer to wait until the next season arrives.Competitor Hulu follows a more traditional arrangement.Hulu has a number of original shows that it releases on a weekly basis; there have been very few exceptions to this, such as when the company dropped the first full season of its Veronica Mars revival last month.This, too, has proven bittersweet: the weekly releases force users to spread a series out over a full TV season, but it also prevents them from binge-watching (unless they wait until after the entire season airs, risking spoilers).Netflix, too, has had exceptions to its full-season drops; they largely revolve around staggered releases for certain competition shows like Great British Baking Show.
Sure, some ivory tower execs still espouse this nonsense, but if you’ve ever worked in a role where you actually have to deal with people, you know that the customer is often wrong.The more visible your job, the worse these “customer” complaints can be, and practically no job is more visible than that of a TV personality.The result, even if you don’t live in the U.K. and might not recognize all the talents involved, is a wonderfully cheeky spot called “Complaints Welcome,” in which the network acknowledges some of the more regressive—and occasionally just bizarre—pieces of feedback it has received from viewers.“This campaign celebrates one of the things at the heart of Channel 4’s identity: challenging the way our viewers think about the world,” says network programming director Ian Katz.“When there isn’t someone complaining about one of our shows, we should be worried.”Perhaps most recognizable to U.S. viewers of the spot are Great British Bake Off’s Prue Leith (chided for talking with her mouth full) and Sandi Toksvig (described as looking like Tom Cruise, which she illustrates isn’t necessarily an insult).
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