TV review: Like the late queen, Great British Bake Off has exercised a similar virtue

I really like shows that were filmed before You Know Who died. They seem to be our only link now to what normal television is. Even the return of Gogglebox on Channel 4 looks special because, despite being taped before The Death, there are no commercials during the break, just ads for other Channel 4 shows. This makes Channel 4 look like RTÉ.

Death has made a special impact on TV schedules. The start of the new season of Seriously come to dance was postponed for a week; What are people thinking? Delay Strict worse than pushing Christmas into July.

So thank god The Great English Grill (Channel 4, Tuesday), entering the 13th series from the flames of a UK heatwave, conducted from a sunlit shack in the Berkshire countryside, because it was recorded at the time. when the cost of living crisis hit, and when Queen Elizabeth II was still in Balmoral.

Like the late king, Bake off created a virtue of predictability. The judges are the same, the competition is the same, even the opponents are quite a lot.

Rebs from Northern Ireland was devastated when her red velvet cake – layered, with cream cheese – was claimed to have a burnt smell. It took her a while. She told herself: “Panic is for losers. I thought I was going to get sick.” She then fought back with her presenter, a pina colada-flavored model of her parents’ home in the Northern Irish countryside. attractive concept, when you think about it, she soaked it in a mist of coconut rum, to signify the Northern Irish rain.

Then there’s Janusz, who fills the place the funny foreigner has occupied in the previous series by Giuseppe and my favorite, Jurgen. Like them, Janusz proved to be an excellent baker. For his presenter, he recreated the gritty Polish apartment complex where his mother lived. You can always tell where his mother’s apartment is, he says, because its balcony is full of flowers. No wonder he’s a good cook: food is the importance of little pleasures. Janusz’s cake won him the series’ first Star Baker Award. Or, as he tells himself in a gleeful phone call to an unidentified loved one: “I won the Star Caker in Bake Week.”

As you may have already gathered, for the showstopper challenge, competitors have to build a replica of their own house. But in fact, many of them chose to build the house of their parents, or grandparents. This pushed the whole Bake off further experience on the road towards naked nostalgia. Sandro (a sponge soaked in strawberries in wine) brought a beautiful photo of himself as a young boy, sitting next to a giant teddy bear that was once a Christmas present. His recreation of nana’s house, where the extended family has spent a lot of Christmases, is called Best Time Ever. “I can barely wear socks now,” says Sandro. Being an adult sucks. And then Prue Leith threw Best Time Ever in the trash for being too addicted to alcohol.

So we had good times and we had bad times on Bake off. My only problem with it remains that the hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, who are constantly rushing at each other are wearing pretty skinny, just like Matt Lucas himself. However, the whole thing is buoyed by its vanity, or at least by cake. Surely we can all say, to Janusz: “Cake is my favorite.”


12-hour shift: Mark Dawnay with wife Debbie

Bankrupt (RTÉ One) is a very different dish. It’s hard to say how well it has been welcomed by the Irish public, some of whom have taken to Twitter to point out that things are already depressing enough at the moment.

RTÉ obviously thought Bankrupt extremely important because it was promoted from the moment it started. (RTÉ, this is annoying – please stop.) But as a show, Bankrupt not a success. On the one hand, it’s hard to believe that people really break down when at least two families are owners of giant 4x4s. On the other hand, it’s shocking to see Mark Dawnay trying to feed a family with three children as a security guard earning just over €11 an hour.

The Dawnays seem like a lovely family – they sit together and play cards – and his kids miss Mark as he works 12-hour shifts, overtime and two weekends in the week. number four weekends.

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The most heartbreaking part of Bankrupt was when Mark’s son, Conor, who had learned archery at Mark’s suggestion, and was quite good at it, was invited to participate in an international competition. Conor initially wanted to take part in fencing, but that would cost €100. Archery was €3 per lesson. Mark, who was worried about him, said Conor’s confidence has increased a lot since embracing it. The instructor said he will have to attend the international championship with Conor. That will cost 1,500 €. Mark said nothing. It was a small moment. More than Ann buying her heating oil in small drums from her local garage in Baltinglass, more than a food bank in Dundalk, it says it all, and it’s quiet.

Probably Bankrupt would do better if it only focused on Dawnays. All the others became blurred, and not just because each of them was white. There is no explanation; such as no hard question about debt.

The ads in the show are for F&F clothing at Tesco, which is cheap. But also for AIB (‘We Return to Faith’), car insurance, Lindt Lindor Salted Caramel (achievable luxury) and GAA (‘Where We All Belong’). At the end of it, you haven’t really learned anything. Except maybe why don’t we do better in fencing – or archery. TV review: Like the late queen, Great British Bake Off has exercised a similar virtue

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