Must See TV: The Great British Bake Off

What is it about The Great British Bake Off that makes us want to put on our slippers and curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea as we watch a group of plucky bakers create wonders in a tent in someone’s posh garden? Is it because we feel compelled to watch this extraordinarily British programme in what we feel is the most British way possible? Or is it to complete the cosy sense of bliss created by the familiarity of Mel and Sue’s genial humour, the slow torture of a group of helplessly charming contestants and the divine existence of Mary Berry? I call it the Bake Off Effect and, whatever it is, I love it. Where are my slippers?

The Great British Bake Off 2016 started last week on BBC1. If you’ve not yet given in to the temptation of the award winning series… go on, I know you want to.


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