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A Baker's Life

Postby Pepper Pig » November 28th, 2017, 8:04 am

I haven't watched it yet but this review made me laugh.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radi ... ty-project
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Postby dennispc » November 28th, 2017, 8:42 am

I won't spoil it by posting my thoughts, just that I thought the Guardian was being very kind.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby earthmaiden » November 28th, 2017, 9:30 am

Oh gawd - I think I shall have to watch it through morbid fascination :?
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby suffolk » November 28th, 2017, 10:12 am

earthmaiden wrote:Oh gawd - I think I shall have to watch it through morbid fascination :?


Me too ... I did record it in the hope that it might have some interesting recipes ...... did I hope in vain?
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby scullion » November 28th, 2017, 10:17 am

yes.
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Postby scullion » November 28th, 2017, 11:20 am

when you've watched it i'll pass my comments - i, too, thought that the chap in the grauniad was kind.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby suffolk » November 28th, 2017, 11:30 am

Just googled and found the DM's tv reviewer's opinion ................ scathing doesn't begin to cover it :rolleyes: :lol:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... ts-TV.html
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby TeresaFoodie » November 29th, 2017, 2:11 am

I haven't been tempted to watch this. For one - it clashed with something else. Two
- I went right off him a while back.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby Badger's mate » November 29th, 2017, 9:32 am

Whilst I suspect Mr H, apparently a very competent baker, might not be a very pleasant chap, I wouldn't place too much faith in anything the DM says either. :D

I didn't see the programme, but assume it was made by the Bake Off company, hence it was bound to be PL, NF & ST singing his praises rather than bringing in MB, SP & MG. 'Through gritted teeth' has to be appended to ST's bit because the views expressed didn't fit with the story the DM is trying to peddle. Indeed, had it instead been his former colleagues involved, the line would be that 'none of the current team were prepared to support him'. His family didn't contribute, but had they done so, the story would be 'he even paraded the family in front of camera to puff up his ego', rather than anything else. I don't recall he ever used them as a storyline, unlike a lot of TV cooks.

I probably wasn't the target demographic for this programme. I admire his baking skills, have never bought any of his books or spin-off products. I have seen a couple of the city programmes and thought them interesting. I imagined that this one was for his fans. The take home message, having not seen it, was that perhaps it was an ill-judged enterprise.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby suffolk » November 29th, 2017, 9:42 am

At least his mum loves him ;)
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby earthmaiden » November 29th, 2017, 1:06 pm

Just watched it ... rather an ego trip (to put it mildly) but I did learn about powdered egg white and meringue icing which I didn't know about before. I hadn't realised it was just the first of a whole series!
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby dennispc » November 29th, 2017, 2:45 pm

To be fair, it's advertised as being the life of one baker. That's what we got.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby suffolk » November 29th, 2017, 2:52 pm

I've just watched it ........ I'll cancel the series link.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby Pepper Pig » November 29th, 2017, 3:53 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby Mamta » November 29th, 2017, 5:43 pm

Oh I don't know, aren't you guys being a bit harsh? I wouldn't cry if i missed an episode, but he and the programme were pleasant enough to watch.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby scullion » November 29th, 2017, 6:55 pm

i don't think we're being harsh.
i think it was/is a blatant bit of PR to re-engage the viewer with the one member of the bake-off who wouldn't have been missed if he'd left. it couldn't have been worse if he'd rolled over and said 'tickle my tummy, love me, look at my blue eyes'.
i all but cringed my way through it.
i could well believe sandi when she said that he almost 'turned' her - but i think she may have been referring to her stomach.
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby Ratatouille » November 30th, 2017, 1:42 pm

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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby TeresaFoodie » December 3rd, 2017, 2:15 pm

I would like to totally retract my original comment. :oops:

I just watched a repeat episode shown today. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I probably only watched it because there wasn't much else on, bud now I know that this is a series and not a one off, and it clashes midweek for me, I look forward to the Sunday repeats.

I will ignore the fact that this has coincided with Christmas and his new book because I won't be buying it. I enjoyed learning certain techniques such as, already mentioned, dried egg white meringue, about how he has learned his skills over the years, also behind the scenes of GBBO. I managed to look past the fact that I don't much like the man and didn't really see what his love of fast cars had to do with the price of bread, but an enjoyable watch and I wasn't expecting that.

I really fancy a slab of cake now! I was expecting that! :lol:
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Re: A Baker's Life

Postby dennispc » December 5th, 2017, 11:19 am

We didn't watch last night's episode, but was amused to read this review in today's Times.

"... (it) did show us that (he) comes from a rock solid family, who instilled decent family values in him" :?
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