Perspective is everything – an open letter to the Great British Bake Off

As I was not feeling well this morning, I decided to watch comfort television before I began my day, which always is The Great British Bake Off. You may recall my harsh judgments of the last series in my recap posts.

While watching the beginning of Cake Week again, I began to scrutinize my own hasty criticisms of the contestants and the format. After the last eight months, my ability to appreciate the joys of life has been given a jump start. Life is a roller coaster ride. Sometimes we’re climbing higher and the excitement builds anticipating the apex. The view from the top will be outstanding. Other times we’re plummeting toward earth holding our breath as we fear hitting the bottom. 2020 has been the year of the plummet. To help ease the pain of the plummet, give us more GBBO!

What I wouldn’t give to watch the bakers struggling in a white tent and this time not be so judgy. Darcie shared that the GBBO has been secretly filming its next season and I, for one, will appreciate its return.

While we await the new season, I am publicly begging the producers of the series to consider adding the seasons which have not been televised here in the States, including the Professional shows, Jo Brand’s An Extra Slice, and the Comic Relief seasons. Can we petition the Queen to help us starved Americans? We are hungry for your bakes, your comic relief, and Brand’s bawdy humor. How about airing the holiday shows that haven’t made it to Netflix? We’ll take crumbs.

Please, take our money. Take my firstborn (take my second born too). We will pay for the privilege of enjoying the shows which we have not been privy to. Have pity on us. While we are asking for an inch, we may as well as for it all – let us watch the bake-off shows from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and France.

I am going to start a Hangry Bakers group to bring our cause to the worldwide stage. Perspective is everything and you all know what they say about hindsight. I vow not to be so judgy in the future.

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  • Mrs. L  on  August 10, 2020

    Bravo. I couldn’t have written if better (no really you were perfect).

  • MollyB  on  August 10, 2020

    I wholeheartedly support this request! I went through all the seasons available in the US in the past few months, and I was so sad when I watched the last available season. I would love to have more to watch!

  • riley  on  August 11, 2020

    I even thought about buying a dvd player set to zone for British shows so I could buy the UK editions.

  • riley  on  August 11, 2020

    PBS really missed the boat by not airing from the beginning instead of starting at season 5.

  • ShieldmaidenofRohan  on  August 11, 2020

    I have a small measure of fear that watching Bake Off would just make me cry. People encouraging and helping each other? Who knew it was possible? A new season would be welcome rain on parched earth in these parts.
    On another note they have completely converted me to baking by weight rather than using measuring cups and if I had known how much easier it was I’d have done it years ago.

  • hillsboroks  on  August 12, 2020

    I just finished watching all 70 episodes available on Netflix again over the past month or so. Even though I’d seen these several times before over the years it was such a delightful escape to see them all again. I can hardly wait for the next series!

  • Shelmar  on  August 12, 2020

    I want to see them all!

  • Jennifer7  on  August 12, 2020

    I agree completely, would love to see the previous episodes

  • Sigmax  on  August 16, 2020

    Brit who watches GBBO. Personally, I’m not so keen on the professionals and don’t watch it. I can’t actually think of anything good to say about it. There’s no pleasure or comfort from the often brutal comments or seeing the tears from the contestants that seem to be in every episode. The patisserie is too far from what could be achieved in a domestic kitchen with domestic equipment by one person.

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