While ‘The Great British Baking Show' Was a Disaster, Its Holiday Special Is a Delight
Added 11-23-22 07:49:02pm EST - “Did you feel let down by this year's cringey season of "The Great British Baking Show?" "The Great Festive Baking Show" is so charming, it almost makes up for it.” - Thedailybeast.com
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Did you feel let down by this year’s cringey season of “The Great British Baking Show?” “The Great Festive Baking Show” is so charming, it almost makes up for it.
It’s that time of year—you know, the time to put on The Holiday and The Family Stone on repeat. The period of time when watching every Rankin/Bass holiday special is socially acceptable. The holiday season, when the only thing louder than Bruce Willis fighting baddies is your family arguing over whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie. (It is.)
But there might be one department of festive entertainment you’re missing out on entirely: holiday reality TV. No, we’re not talking about a Christmas episode of The Kardashians or a voyage to the North Pole on Below Deck (though both sound highly entertaining). We’re talking about The Great British Baking Show, which, in recent years, has produced a spinoff episode of their traditional English baking competition every holiday season.
This year, GBBS brought back a quartet of its most beloved bakers—including two of my favorite: sweet Rowan and Hermine—for The Great Festive Baking Show. The stakes are low, although being back in the tent surely feels stressful for the bakers. Instead of a whole 10 episodes of baking frenzy, they compete in the usual three rounds before declaring a holly jolly winner.
Rowan is one of my favorite GBBS bakers of all time. For folks who don’t remember, he competed two seasons ago in Collection 8. Rowan is a wise, old music teacher and, in his season, never understood the time limits of the series. He’d present grand bake ideas to the judges, only to fall flat with his execution. He’d aim to bake a French noble with curly hair; instead, he’d half-bake a peasant with paper curled around the noggin instead of fondant. Delish!
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