The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

Season 1

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"Bakers attempt three challenges each week trying to impress the judges enough to go through to the next round and eventually are crowned Britain's best amateur baker"--www.imdb.com.
ISBN: 9781627899888
162789988X
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 600 min.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
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video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Alternative Title: Great British bake off.

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CatherineG_1 Dec 30, 2017

Also check out Mary Berry's cookbooks. They are full of great ideas, tips and recipes.

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samcmar Dec 28, 2017

This show is delightful! Mary Berry looks like a baking godmother, and the contestants are a lot of fun! FYI for this collection, this is actually season 5 of the show despite the PBS DVD series saying it is in fact season 1. Ready! Set! BAKE!


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SPPL_Anna Mar 25, 2018

I love reality competitions where everyone is kind and lovely and the competition is just for pride. And Mel and Sue are my favorite.

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calliope
Feb 27, 2018

this is Series 5, which aired 2014, of the Great British Bake Off

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BritCrimeDramaFan
Feb 22, 2018

Excellent series with colorful contestants, creative bakes, some dry British humor, and Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry's unflagging expertise. This was a competitive season and the challenges were formibable. My only criticism is that an elderly contestant bowed out for health reasons, and almost nothing was said about this.

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jasmine81
Jan 16, 2018

Like American Idol with baking--but much much better. I loved the contestants and learned a lot about baking--and design pizazz.

CatherineG_1 Dec 30, 2017

Also check out Mary Berry's cookbooks. They are full of great ideas, tips and recipes.

samcmar Dec 28, 2017

This show is delightful! Mary Berry looks like a baking godmother, and the contestants are a lot of fun! FYI for this collection, this is actually season 5 of the show despite the PBS DVD series saying it is in fact season 1. Ready! Set! BAKE!

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mimipater
Nov 01, 2017

Don't know why I avoided this series for so long, it is wondrous. Learned lots about baking, and loved the English countryside setting including all things blooming.

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bookbabe13
Sep 01, 2017

I TOTALLY LOVE THIS SHOW. I LEARN SO MUCH, NOT THAT I WILL EVER BAKE ANYTHING BUT IT'S FUN TO WATCH. PAUL AND MARY ARE SO CUTE TOGETHER. HAVE PLACED ALL SEASONS NO HOLD CAN'T WAIT FOR THEM TO COME IN.

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ClosetHobbit
Jul 30, 2017

I love, love, LOVE this show. It's refreshing to see a competition that is solely about the subject of baking, and not cut through with the dramatic noise of back-biting and fighting like in typical reality and competitive shows. The contestants, hosts, and judges are wonderfully charismatic, and it's easy to cheer for every baker. I'm learning so much about baking and different baking techniques from each episode, and feel inspired to try some of the recipes. On top of all that, I find that this show is on a Bob Ross-level of calm -- it's extremely relaxing to watch.

NOTE: There are several discrepancies with the PBS version of the series.
- First, in the name: The original BBC 2 title is The Great British Bake Off, vs. the PBS/American version, The Great British Baking Show.
- Next, the seasons are dis-ordered. For example, this PBS version -- labeled Season 1 -- is actually Series 5 of the BBC 2 version. Season 2 (American version) is Series 4 (British version), and Season 3 is Series 6. Not sure why these differences exist, or why PBS doesn't follow BBC 2's order.

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MartineVK
Jun 26, 2017

Fabulous show which concentrates on the job the contestants have to do and not on their sentimental backstories as in some reality shows. It's especially interesting if you're a baker, but I'm guessing from its phenomenal success in the UK that it attracts non-bakers as well. I'm kind of sad that in America they don't air the first four seasons. Maybe the show was a bit more polished further down the line, but it's still our loss. I love to bake and try to view as much of the earlier seasons as possible via youtube.

Probably a better introduction to actual British life than much of its drama which tends to focus on either the aristocracy (an infinitesimal slice of the population) or the criminal classes. Real people are here, young and old. Unlike most dramas, women are properly represented in terms of numbers - what a change! No falsified aggro between people and no psychopaths you love to hate. Just decent folk who like to spend time creating lovely things to eat. And lastly --- you also learn a heck of a lot about baking.

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