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[dropcase]Y[/dropcase]es, we all mourned the news of Mary Berry plus Sue and Mel leaving the Great British Bake Off when the news broke a few months ago that the GBBO would be moving from the BBC to Channel 4 (time will tell what that means for us Americans). While I was a bit sad about losing Mary, you might have read I wasn’t Sue and Mel’s biggest fans and I was QUITE excited that Noel Fielding would be joining the show as a host. For those who don’t know Noel from The Mighty Boosh, or the myriad comedy shows he’s been part of, Noel is a very cheeky, goth-styled glam dude who wears heeled boots and isn’t afraid to fall down to make you laugh. In other words, he is GREAT. As for the addition of comedienne Sandi Toksvig and judge Prue Leith, only time would tell for the viewers.
Well, the time has come! GBBO premiered a few weeks back in the UK and through various means of internet shenanigans I have watched the first few episodes and am pumped to tell you GBBO is back and quite possibly better than ever. While GBBO always leaned into it’s sweet, home-baked appeal, this new season and crew are thankfully giving this baking show a bit of edge we didn’t know we needed. Well, ok, maybe people like TN readers love a little edge and for that we’re grateful. Whole we love a good homespun tv show, we also love when a show can relax a bit and have a little fun with it’s own pristine image.
Yup, I said it. Noel and Sandi are SO MUCH BETTER than Sue and Mel (sorry Sue and Mel stans). From their intros to their banter bits with the contestants all the way down their perfectly whacky clothes. Whereas Sue and Mel loved an ill-fitted jean with a blazer, Noel wears cheeky pastel colored shirts with baked goods which oddly go very well with his normally goth-chic appearance. And thankfully Sandi understands the importance of a tailored shirt and a very coiffed hairdo on a TV show about baking.
Plus they always have the BEST comebacks and reactions to funny moments like this chocolate piece that was meant to be a champagne bottle top and mostly just looked like a black man’s peen. KUDOS! They ad-lib and joke better than Sue and Mel ever did and while that’s probably due to their comedy roots, it’s been a nice addition to a show that could swing into the sticky sweet realm pretty quickly if the occasional barb isn’t inserted masterfully.
Noel isn’t the only one who brought his A game to the wardrobe department of the GBBO season 8! Our new judge Prue Leith puts on a weekly workshop for dressing like a sophisticated “mature” (what a terrible term) lady! Her statement necklaces, colorful glasses and designer looking outfits are inspiration for when we all experience the great change and is a far cry from the Hermes belt of previous seasons. Bravo.
Oh and don’t worry, Paul is still orange and wears only slightly better denim than in past seasons. We can’t have too much change after all.
Season 8 has really outdone itself on the Bakes this year and we’re only a few episodes in! 3D biscuit board games, Illusion Cakes, another round of sculptural bread and more! Thankfully it seems the GBBO has left Mary’s cookbooks from the ’60s behind for the technicals in favor of more interesting bakes BUT they’re still weird and sometimes naughty… like this garden snail that also looks like a curled up penis with eyes.
And, he’s already found his male crush for the season:
Yup, it’s Steven who won the first two Show Stoppers challenges… he is clearly the baker to beat! Steven along with the young Liam, Kate and Julie brings some amazingly talented (and young) blood to the show.
If you aren’t watching the season yet, now’s the time to try searching YouTube or use an IP Address mask (ahem) on the Channel 4 website to catch up on what might just be the best season of Bake Off yet!
PS The Great American Baking Show will be back in December with new hosts Ayesha Curry (Stephan Curry’s wife!) and Anthony Spice Adams (WHO?)!
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