The Blame Game
Whilst it was totally our fault to have missed the Tuesday night start of the Bake Off television series we sought to blame somebody else.
Our thoughts came back to our wonderful friend and talented cook Sandra, who in 2016 introduced us to the Bake Off Series. Sandra, even though we are separated right now, it was surely your duty to alert us to the Tuesday night beginning of the series!
The Setup and the Allure
2 professional cooks, 2 helpers invite 12 contestants to bake 3 dishes each weekend over successive weeks. In 2017 there will be 10 weeks so over this time you build up your knowledge, attachment and hopes for particular contestants. It is this level of intimacy which gives #GBBO 'Bakeoff' its staggering 10 million plus viewing figures per episode in 2016.
Oh The [online] Player
Due to our inattention or as Marcus would say sorrowfully not being prompted by Sandra we had to watch the first episode using the Channel 4 online player a day late on Wednesday night.
Assuming you have paid your UK television license (we have) and live in the UK (we do) then you can watch it here too
Okay so there are multiple (4?) sets of 3 minute adverts that you have to watch, i.e. you cannot skip them in the player. And a sort of bitter sweet chicken commercial Marcus did not really like (on first viewing it seemed funny, but when you thought more deeply then not)
The Flora commercial was intentionally at an ear-splittingly different volume to other commercials. Do they pay extra for this crap, because it pissed us right off.
Steven became star baker, and Peter was last and will not return next week.
Reminder you can watch it all here
We will be better prepared. Google Calendar entry made. Alexa and Google Home are alerted. We think we might invite around some neighbours, or maybe a UK to Switzerland shared video session. (technology!!)
GBBO 2017 Episode 1
The Great British Bake Off