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I watched about half of the first season. I actually quite liked it with the exception of one person who just worked my last nerve so much that I spoiled myself to see if it was worth finishing. But I thought it was charming and sweet. I loved the frequent history lessons. The bakes were simpler, which makes sense since it was originally true home bakers who weren't necessarily looking to write cookbooks and start TV presenter careers. And I kind of like how they moved around. The worst thing, for me, was that the drawings were black and white and not those beautiful color drawings we get later on. Everything else was pretty much what I love about the show. Except that one person. GRRRRR lol There are enough people in my real life I have to spend time with that annoy me that I just can't electively spend time with someone who bugged me that much. I mistakingly did that with Ruby. Never again!

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On 8/26/2018 at 4:59 PM, Mabinogia said:

not those beautiful color drawings

Color drawings? I don't recall any color drawings (maybe some spot color here or there)--just black and white.

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46 minutes ago, AZChristian said:
50 minutes ago, illdoc said:

Color drawings? I don't recall any color drawings (maybe some spot color here or there)--just black and white.

Check these out.

Yep, those ones. I love seeing the drawings as much as I love seeing the finished product. It's such a clever idea, really, having the drawing of what the baker plans. Gets one all excited to see how it turns out. 

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Ok, I'm rewatching some of the old seasons before indulging myself in the new one.  I really, really need to sound off on something that happens in EVERY SINGLE EPIODE of EVERY SINGLE SEASON and it bugs the living crap out of me.  In every challenge that involves the proving drawer or oven (which is pretty much all of them) these people sit on the floor, kneel on the floor and sometimes lay on the floor in order to keep an eye on their bakes.  While doing this, their hands always come in contact with the carpet - over and over and over again.  Then they grab their bake, pop it on the counter and proceed to put those SAME hands all over it, kneading it, cutting it, decorating it or whatever.  Are we to just assume they wash their grotty hands or just plunge them back into he dough, bread, cake, biscuit, or dessert???  It drives me nuts, I tell you and if I ever got the chance, I'd ask one of them.  

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On November 16, 2018 at 3:13 PM, limecoke said:

Are we to just assume they wash their grotty hands

I do. Considering that they have to edit perhaps 10 hours of baking by multiple bakers into less than an hour of airtime, the more mundane stuff has to go. And I would include hand-washing in that category.

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After watching the post-BBC seasons of the Great British Bake Off, I miss the Masterclass episodes BBC produced for seasons 2 through 6 and the Class Of ... episodes where they looked at what the bakers of the previous season were doing after the show ended. In the masterclasses, Mary and Paul provided detailed explanations on how to get the best results for each product they chose to demonstrate.  I enjoyed the camaraderie between Mary and Paul and were excellent instructors.

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19 hours ago, rhys said:

There was a special showing Mary & Paul making some of the most recent bakes on tonight 12/16.

Do you mean from this season with Prue?

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Gosh maybe I spoke out of turn. Paul did the 8 strand plaited bread, Mary made a tart with lattice, etc. But Prue wouldn't have been in it if Mary was. Paul's hair had more black also.

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The local PBS station here is running one Masterclass Saturday afternoon and "Season 4" all day Christmas. If, that is, they actually stick to their announced schedule.

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The Masterclasses are on Netflix. I don't know why they don't put all the different episodes into one group instead of having multiple listings for GBBO.

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This might be a spoiler regarding who gets fairly close to the final...

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Alice and Henry are now dating https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/tv/bake-off-stars-alice-and-henry-dating-after-finding-love-on-the-show/ar-AAHENVo?ocid=spartandhp

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That is interesting. I had noticed...

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Alice tended to give Henry a LOT of hugs at the end of each ep. Thing is, I was writing it off as him reminding her of her male students. Yikes!

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I've been re-watching the "collections" on Netflix and am up to the last season. Has there always been cursing on this show or is it uncensored because it's Netflix? I noticed God damn and shit said in some episodes and a drawing of a cat saying "fuck". I don't remember that on PBS.

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On 9/22/2019 at 8:44 AM, Occasional Hope said:

This might be a spoiler regarding who gets fairly close to the final...

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Alice and Henry are now dating https://www.msn.com/en-gb/entertainment/tv/bake-off-stars-alice-and-henry-dating-after-finding-love-on-the-show/ar-AAHENVo?ocid=spartandhp

On 9/22/2019 at 9:07 AM, Mabinogia said:

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Alice tended to give Henry a LOT of hugs at the end of each ep. Thing is, I was writing it off as him reminding her of her male students. Yikes!

Alice & Henry are definitely NOT dating, it's Michael & Henry who are dating

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11 hours ago, Mondrianyone said:

Henry says he's not dating Michael either.

Welp, that’s a pretty cozy photo ^ above for two people who are not dating, imo.

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4 hours ago, Mondrianyone said:

"Dating" clearly means different things to different people.  🤷‍♀️

For sure.  On "Judge Judy" they use the term, "we was talkin'."  This apparently causes pregnancy for people "talkin'" without precautions.

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On 11/7/2019 at 9:38 AM, Adiba said:

Welp, that’s a pretty cozy photo ^ above for two people who are not dating, imo.

I can’t help but notice that the quote in the other link doesn’t actually say that they aren’t dating, just that you shouldn’t conclude that they are dating based on a single hug.
 

However, he does seem to show a lot of platonic affection physically. There was a moment between the baking and the judging at one point during the season where he and David were sitting on a bench outside the tent together and he had one arm around David and was resting his head on his shoulder.

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1 hour ago, djlynch said:

I can’t help but notice that the quote in the other link doesn’t actually say that they aren’t dating, just that you shouldn’t conclude that they are dating based on a single hug.
 

However, he does seem to show a lot of platonic affection physically. There was a moment between the baking and the judging at one point during the season where he and David were sitting on a bench outside the tent together and he had one arm around David and was resting his head on his shoulder.

I'd like to think both Alice & David would put him more in the category of younger brother than love interest.

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I was watching the holiday special that had Benjamina, Rav, the guy who dropped his cake in Season 1(?) and the older lady named Sandy. The signature was to make six individual ice cream meringue desserts. They were running out of time and they kept running their desserts one by one to the freezers. There was a counter/table next to one of the fridges and I kept thinking it would have been better if they could prepare at a counter and then just pop them in right there. But they probably can't turn their backs on the cameras for too long. It just seemed like a really bad design to have them make ice cream and then have the freezers so far away. Only Sandy's firmed up enough.

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On 8/25/2018 at 1:02 AM, magdalene said:

Maybe there is a reason the first two seasons were never shown in the US?  It looks like the show didn't come into its own until the third season.

I am relatively new to GBBO so I think this answers my question as to why I cannot find the first two seasons on Netflix!  It was driving me crazy.  I've binged every season and now I'm sad that I'm all caught up on my happy, feel-good show.

So is Youtube the only way to go to find the first two seasons?  Are they worth a watch?

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I have now seen a season with Prue and a season with Mary along with the Masterclass with Paul and Mary.  I love Paul and Mary together.  He is adorable and mischievous when he is with her, and you can tell he wants to please her when he bakes.  It’s just not the same with Prue.

In the Masterclass series, I keep swearing that Martin Freeman is narrating.  I can’t unhear him.

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So is Youtube the only way to go to find the first two seasons?  Are they worth a watch?

I watched the first two seasons on YouTube a few years ago. Not sure they’re available anymore.

I’m rewatching the Netflix seasons (while self-isolating) and again am fascinated by the meringue desserts, pavlovas, Spanish Windtorte and the like.  Never had one and they don’t seem all that appealing to me.  Must be good though because they do enough of them.

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I just checked YouTube and there are clips but not full episodes.

It's a shame, I'm doing a rewatch but going in the original order.  So on American Netflix that would be: Beginnings, GBBS 2, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6.  Would love to have access to original one and two.  If only Netflix could release them as another Beginning season since production is delayed.

On 2/21/2020 at 10:32 AM, Crs97 said:

I have now seen a season with Prue and a season with Mary along with the Masterclass with Paul and Mary.  I love Paul and Mary together.  He is adorable and mischievous when he is with her, and you can tell he wants to please her when he bakes.  It’s just not the same with Prue.

In the Masterclass series, I keep swearing that Martin Freeman is narrating.  I can’t unhear him.

Rupert Penry-Jones is the narrator.  He's pretty scrummy.

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I'm in the middle of Series 5 (Collection 1) on Netflix. I'm watching in the order each series aired, not the order Netflix has them. 

Anyway, I quite like the bakers this season. Among this group, I'm pretty confident in their skills. I've looked up Luis, Martha, Nancy, and Chetna and happily they all either have books out or active blogs/social media accounts with recipes.

I'm realizing in hindsight that I didn't like Series 4 that much besides Kimberley. 

I've also been enjoying Masterclass. Even though I prefer Mary on the show, I'm more interested in Paul's simple bread recipes. I might try his cracker or breadstick recipe instead of continuing to throw money at Whole Foods.

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