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Has there ever been a format that has 'inspired' more shows, and who doesn't love it ?

 

Something about it makes it very easy viewing, even if the presenters are often super annoying, I even managed to tolerate Mel & Sue on the BBC incarnation of the original.

 

I'm sure I'm watching more of these because of lockdown and my other half liking them, but at present we've got on the go or recently watched

 

  • Bake Off Professionals
  • Bake Off for dog grooming on BBC1
  • Bake Off for pottery on Ch4

 

Whilst not a direct format ripoff we also really like PAOTY (portrait artist of the year) and will start Landscape artist too this week

 

Who else enjoys this type of show or 'is made to watch them' ?

 

I think the appeal for me is taking aside the quality of the shows I love seeing people with incredible (or not so) skill in their chosen field, there is so much talent out there for doing stuff, though I accept in some cases like the dog grooming one shaping a dogs ears and giving them 'floating paws' is not that useful come the apocalypse.

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We're currently watching the American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix at the moment which is very similar to Bake Off format. 

 

The show is easy watching and entertaining enough, although very very American! My only issue with it is that it almost glosses over the finished product whereas we all know programmes like this are basically food porn. 

 

Bake off does a good job of keeping things moving whilst also still giving the actual food due time and attention. 

 

I defo enjoy these types of shows to a certain extent - they are easy viewing and during these times a nice bit of escapism. They are probably doing well at the moment for the same reason I've not had the heart to sit down and watch Chernobyl yet. 

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4 minutes ago, McCoy said:

We're currently watching the American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix at the moment which is very similar to Bake Off format. 

 

 

oh yes we watched that one before xmas - bbq is quite restrictive as a format but they did a good job of mixing it up a bit with the challenges that they set

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5 minutes ago, Gotters said:

 

oh yes we watched that one before xmas - bbq is quite restrictive as a format but they did a good job of mixing it up a bit with the challenges that they set

 

I wondered if that was the slight issue I have with it. It sounds weird but baking 12 cupcakes can, seemingly, lead to a good deal more variety than cooking a rack of ribs - or at least it is easier to show that variety through the medium of TV. 

 

You're told that there are all these different ways of cooking and smoking the ribs but I guess they tend to come out looking broadly the same anyway. 

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There is one on glass making that was great, it's such a niche area (I think it's called "Blown Away") it's really good and inherently tense as the spend loads of time on a piece then it shatters.

 

 

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1 minute ago, Delargey said:

There is one on glass making that was great, it's such a niche area (I think it's called "Blown Away") it's really good and inherently tense as the spend loads of time on a piece then it shatters.

 

 

 

There is another based on jewellery making coming out in March too. Great Pottery Throwdown (back when it was on BBC 2) was the best.

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Sewing Bee is so quaint.

 

There is a make up one called Glow Up on iplayer - the contestants can be a bit young and a be bit much but some of them are amazingly talented and create beautiful art.

 

I find with some talent shows, I fast forward through the first 10 mins as I'm not interested in the talking head backstories and just want to get to the creative stuff.

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23 minutes ago, Delargey said:

There is one on glass making that was great, it's such a niche area (I think it's called "Blown Away") it's really good and inherently tense as the spend loads of time on a piece then it shatters.

 

 

 

There's a second of this starting on Netflix shortly, I believe.

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16 minutes ago, Gotters said:

Jeez we watched more of these than I thought, that glass blowing one was brilliant, especially as one of the competitors was a right interesting character.

 

Yeah, I know who you mean.

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21 minutes ago, Gotters said:

Jeez we watched more of these than I thought, that glass blowing one was brilliant, especially as one of the competitors was a right interesting character.

 

Which one was this? They were a real collection of oddballs, I thought.

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24 minutes ago, Festoon said:

 

Which one was this? They were a real collection of oddballs, I thought.

 

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I think her blown glass potato was what told me she was an original thinker

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6 hours ago, Gotters said:

Has there ever been a format that has 'inspired' more shows, and who doesn't love it ?

 

Something about it makes it very easy viewing, even if the presenters are often super annoying, I even managed to tolerate Mel & Sue on the BBC incarnation of the original.

I've not liked any of the C4 presenters and so the series just finished was the first I'd seen since it left the BBC.

 

Thankfully the show is not about the presenters - it is easy to skip their terrible little attempts at 'humour', because I find the warmth of the show comes from the fact that it isn't some cut-throat competition and everybody tends to be so nice. For a similar reason I've watched a lot of Masterchef Australia in the last couple of months and despite there being a good prize on offer, you can see there's a real camaraderie between the contestants (it was only fairly recently I realised they actually live in a house, Apprentice-style, whilst on the show). I find this means that the contestants all enjoy seeing others getting praise, even though they all want to win, and it takes the edge off of things. There's no trash-talk, no ill-feeling and trying to undermine each other and that makes for a much more pleasant experience.

 

Contrast that to the Great British Menu which I also watch and there's a bit more tension there. In the latest series that was because the chefs were actually scoring their competition, but even the 'regular' series, where only the judge scores them, there's a little bit more of a hardness to it, even though they all help each other out with stuff. It's hard to describe how they are tonally different, but they are.

 

Anyway, to answer the original question: No, I don't watch other similar shows.

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On 11/01/2021 at 17:42, Gabe said:

I've not liked any of the C4 presenters and so the series just finished was the first I'd seen since it left the BBC.

 

Thankfully the show is not about the presenters - it is easy to skip their terrible little attempts at 'humour', because I find the warmth of the show comes from the fact that it isn't some cut-throat competition and everybody tends to be so nice. For a similar reason I've watched a lot of Masterchef Australia in the last couple of months and despite there being a good prize on offer, you can see there's a real camaraderie between the contestants (it was only fairly recently I realised they actually live in a house, Apprentice-style, whilst on the show). I find this means that the contestants all enjoy seeing others getting praise, even though they all want to win, and it takes the edge off of things. There's no trash-talk, no ill-feeling and trying to undermine each other and that makes for a much more pleasant experience.

 

Contrast that to the Great British Menu which I also watch and there's a bit more tension there. In the latest series that was because the chefs were actually scoring their competition, but even the 'regular' series, where only the judge scores them, there's a little bit more of a hardness to it, even though they all help each other out with stuff. It's hard to describe how they are tonally different, but they are.

 

Anyway, to answer the original question: No, I don't watch other similar shows.

 

Speaking of which, the now best Bake Off, Junior Bake Off, is now on and it's great.

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Forged in Fire is a good watch, with the added bonus of Doug Marcaida hacking away at things with utter glee.

 

Some of the craftsmanship is incredible. Not sure how you get into making things in a furnace, but some interesting characters and great weapons get made.

 

The Great Model Railway Challenge on 5 is brilliant too. Some of the railway sets are extraordinarily good. Also has the drama of seeing grown adults cry helplessly when their miniature volcano fails to erupt. Presented by James Richardson too, who is totally on board with the concept, which is key to these shows.

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I always marvel at how people get into these lines of work/hobbies and the skill they have.

 

Blown Away season 2 just up on Netflix (the glass blowing one, not the title of the Rocco Sifreddi reality show which is also on Netflix but I dare not watch for fear it ruins my algorithm)

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Well I binged series 1 of Blown Away last night and now I'm on series 2.

 

The decision in the cartoon episode is utter, utter nonsense.

 

Spoiler

They send home a guy that meets the brief but does something average, over the guy that does something that's absolutely rejected the brief but made something expertly.

 

If the brief doesn't matter, whats the point? Just because they respect someone and their skills doesn't mean the rules don't apply to them.

 

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3 hours ago, Chindie said:

Well I binged series 1 of Blown Away last night and now I'm on series 2.

 

The decision in the cartoon episode is utter, utter nonsense.

 

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They send home a guy that meets the brief but does something average, over the guy that does something that's absolutely rejected the brief but made something expertly.

 

If the brief doesn't matter, whats the point? Just because they respect someone and their skills doesn't mean the rules don't apply to them.

 

All these types of shows will have, somewhere along the line, people that will get through at the expense of somebody else even though they don't meet the brief. I always tend to wonder if some instruction from upstairs plays a part when it happens.

 

Bake-Off is ironically one of the worst for baffling decisions, where being excellent on day 1 is often forgotten when it comes to judging who goes on day 2, with plenty of people who do great in the first day's challenges but perhaps have an average showstopper being eliminated by somebody who did awful on day 1 but did well in the showstopper. It basically means day 1 is pointless.

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The pottery one is really, really good. Some talented potters have been on that.

 

And Keith Brymer Jones is an absolute top fella. Every time he cries he gets me doing the same. A fantastically enthusiastic judge and I think I have a bit of a Keith crush going on.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Brymer_Jones

 

Also love the portrait artist one as well, although I think I've only watched a fraction of them.

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On 20/01/2021 at 22:42, Festoon said:

 

Speaking of which, the now best Bake Off, Junior Bake Off, is now on and it's great.


I had no idea this was a thing! It’s absolutely marvellous, so much fun and full

of positivity. We watched three episodes today, thank you for the tip!

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53 minutes ago, ckny said:


I had no idea this was a thing! It’s absolutely marvellous, so much fun and full

of positivity. We watched three episodes today, thank you for the tip!

 

No prob man. There's two complete series from 2019 and 2020 and the ongoing one is Mon-Fri for three weeks.

 

It has the warm tone that old Bake Off used to have.

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we watch portrait and landscape artist - for some reason its the one that makes me angry, not at the contestants (for the most part) but the utter wank the judges spout every week - somebody can't paint backgrounds at all so ignores the whole thing (this was last season of portrait) and the judges say its so bold as she sees the background as yellow (it wasn't, it was something totally different). its not the artist doing their thing that annoys me, its the tossers twisting themselves in loops to justify it.

 

I definitely like the ones with an edge of peril to the work, like a blade cracking or glass shattering at the key moment, you even get it in bake off when they are forced to make ice cream cakes in tropical heat in an un-airconned tent. I don't want the things to fail but its always entertaining if it's a contestant you don't like it happens to.

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