I know: every English speaker on earth is already watching The Great British Baking Show. So I’m writing this for the one knitter out there who somehow has missed out on this wonderful show, which is a perfect companion to knitting.
I’ve been hearing about The Great British Baking Show for years, sometimes from people whom I never suspected had the slightest interest in either baking or reality TV, but would not miss a single episode in real time, because they were so into seeing who was Star Baker and who had to leave at the end of each episode.
Whatever it offers to die-hard bakers (which I’m sure is great, even though I am not entirely clear on the difference between a ganache and a mousse), The Great British Baking Show is the ultimate in comfort TV fare. Bakers win and bakers lose, but everyone is kind, open, and honest, even about themselves. You get a generous slice of British society and character in every episode.
I’ve watched The Great British Baking Show very lazily over the years, never watching it on purpose, just sticking on it when surfing on my PBS channels. Now, with five seasons conveniently sitting there on Netflix, I am hunkering down and stuffing my face with it. (There are other ways to watch, and I highly recommend surfing your local PBS station during non-prime times for random episodes. Even if there’s no GBBS, there might be a Lidia’s Family Table or A Chef’s Life,which will do very well for comfort/knitting purposes.)