One of my favourite reality TV competition shows of all time is The Great British Baking Show, also known as The Great British Bake Off.
I love it because it is so gentle. There is no drama between contestants. Every one is happy for the star baker each week and sad to see the ousted contestant leave. The hosts are witty and compassionate and the judges are fair and sensitive.
Not so in the series I am currently watching, which I think is the 2014 one, but I’m not sure as I’m watching through Netflix.
I was positively outraged during the showstopper challenge of the desserts episode.
They had to make a Bombe Alaska.
And they had to do it in twenty five degree heat (which apparently is downright tropical for anyone living in the British Isles).
Iain’s bake was completely sabotaged.
That’s his ice cream cake sitting on the bench. Two of the other contestants had taken it out of the freezer because they thought he should be using a different appliance. I just couldn’t believe it.
Of course when he opened the spring form tin an ice cream waterfall occurred. He, understandably, was very upset. And he threw the dessert in the bin. He left the baking tent and in the end kept his dignity by presenting the judges with nothing.
They asked him what went wrong and he just said he had issues with r the ice cream. Which in actual fact he didn’t. What he did have was issues with the other contestants, but to his credit, he didn’t say anything about this even though every TV viewer saw what had happened.
What irks me most is that the other contestants didn’t own up to what they had done. They took his ice cream out of the freezer thereby ruining his dish. It was completely unfair. The producers should have done something.
According to a Google search there was big outrage at the time.
So I’m glad I’m Not the only one feeling indignant.
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