The Great British Bake Off was a success but left us missing the BBCs no advert rule (spoiler alert)

This is a review of the newly launched GBBO on channel 4.  We moved to a channel with new contestants, new judges (except Paul) and new presenters.

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Left to right: Paul Hollywood (original judge), Sandi Toksvig (new presenter), Noel Fielding (new presenter) and Prue Leith (new judge)

My Thoughts

I liked the bake off – I was worried that I would miss Mel and Sue (and I did) but I found Noel and Sandi rather funny and I settled in. Their opening to the show was entertaining and their one liners bounced off each other like table tennis.

All the main components and challenges were the same, but I was in more anticipation as I was unsure if Prue would play nice or not. She was tough and I liked that. Mary was always lovely about it and found the positive side to it, but something about Prue’s straight to the point judging made it really good.
The challenges were harder and the pressure was higher and as usual we had a few lagging behind. Forgetting to put ovens on, cakes falling apart… it was the bake off we know and love.
The challenges were brilliant and the illusion cake show stopper was a toughy, but boy, did they pull through. I was sure that they were real blueberry pancakes (and I would love to go to Liam’s house for breakfast). I have never really liked tomato, but Stephens BLT looked better than any sandwich I had ever had.  And wow… Flo could have fooled me with her watermelon if I hadn’t seen her cooking it!

Congrats to Stephen for Star Baked!

I hate to see Mel, Sue and Mary go, but this breath of fresh air actually grew on me.

All is well and good, but if there is one thing we British hate as much a queuing.. it’s adverts. The number of food related adverts was beyond anything and the fact that there was an advert break before the last two minutes was absolutely pointless. We never really appreciate something until it’s gone and now we wish that we could just watch it all in one and not lose our place or forget who baked what.

Netherleless, I would watch it again and try not to get hungry when I see the cake baking challenge with Stork.

Overall

A better than expected opening episode. I had my doubts about its popularity without Mel, Sue and Mary however Noel and Sandi eased my worries.

Star Rating

4 stars!  1 off for the adverts…

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Until the next review…

Bake you later 🙂

 

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In the Dark S1 E3 Recap: Unnecessary and Padded out as the series continues into deeper territory for Helen.

This is a review of In the Dark, episode 3 (BBC series). The series trying to aim to those who like crime dramas and are in motherhood.

When we all saw the plot go to a natural end at the end of last episode we thought it was over. But we were wrong… not only does Helen continue on cases, but she finds herself sucked into an investigation that was even closer to home, next to her, infant.

The case and plot?

The plot was padded out a bit – divided between a gang and an investigation.

The murder case followed a young gang, its activities and the aftermath of a gang initiation.  Poor Helen was even closer to labour and with everything that had going on, it was hard to think that anything else could happen to her, but it did. The victim of this dangerous initiation was her partner Paul, but this led to many questions…

The whole case was difficult for Helen as it uncovered hard truths. She shouldn’t have get involved though?

But…

What’s the harm in it? She should have learnt her lesson from last time, but no! She got involved and chased up a lead with a man (Frank) who was dangerous and engaging in crime. She also stumbled upon evidence in his car that led her to a surprising discovery –  a dangerous insight that could risk her life… who was Kevin? She was not bothered by this at all and seemed eager to find out.

Anything stand out as wrong or irritating?

Wow, Helen was really embracing motherhood and had developed a very large bump over a short period of time. Is time speeding up or something? This got a lot of attention on Twitter and I am not surprised – it is an inaccurate representation of pregnancy and I doubt that many women at that stage in pregnancy would want to be working or chasing criminals.

Helen also got involved in the case when warned not to…. She didn’t ask for help and she didn’t let anyone into her discoveries. She will get hurt and the baby may be in danger, but in that respect I have little sympathy. It’s what you get for getting involved.

It’s such a shame though that the victim of this stupid attempt at fitting in was her partner Paul. I think they would have been ok and found a way to make it work. By getting rid of him though, you are taking away the probability that the baby is his and this may put more emphasis on Adam in future episodes. For example, will Adam be with her when she is in labour? Will the case be solved and will they live happy ever after (without Paul)?

Next week…

So as you expect, she will probabaly get involved and see this “Kevin” guy! Get herself and her baby in trouble, as that’s what she normally does.

She is also very close to her due date, so we expect some drama in getting her to the hospital!

Star Rating

I would give this episode 3 stars as it was a little disappointed and padded out for little reason

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Dunkirk felt so real that it gave me goosebumps!

So this was the movie people were waiting to see! Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan, had very high expectations and I’m glad to say that I think it has exceeded them.

The Plot

The general plot was as authentic as it could be – no added love stories or context. And that is why I liked it!  Soldiers fighting for survival on the Dunkirk beaches and the kindness of small boat owners who risked their lives to save those who were injured or capsized.

The trauma the soldiers faced both on the ground, in the air and over sea gave me an idea of what it was actually like. Yes I was not there, however I felt like I was. I was at awe as I saw planes fly through the sky and I winced when sudden bombs and gun shots were heard. I could not ever imagine living through it, yet people did. It made me feel very patriotic.

Best Scenes

Some scenes come to mind, some happy and some very moving. Either way I felt myself near tears when I was watching them. Scenes like the Windstone boat rescuing dozens of men covered in oil after their ship sank. The rescuers consisted of a father and his two sons, one of which fell and later suffered serious injuries, resulting in his death. George, aged 17 who had only young, died with legacy while trying to save others.

Times looked very bleak in the film and when the captain (Tom Hardy) thought everything was lost, he eventually saw them. Dozens of boats, all travelling from far and wide to help transport the soldiers back to safety. In this stunning scene, the captain was asked “What did you see?”. His reply was “Hope” and this hope saved 235,000 men.

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Harry Styles as a soldier in the WW2 Dunkirk evacuation (left)

It was not just Tom Hardy in this film, you may have noticed a well known boy band member, dressed as a soldier with very short hair. I did not recognise him, it was of course Harry Styles! It was definitely not a beautiful sight during the war, but he seemed to cope pretty well in his first acting role. He was remarkably good and very convincing. Maybe a little tune would have done the trick in those times of misery.

I had the pleasure to watch this film twice and it made me think about unity  This is especially relevant because without those small boats, without the friendships and their ability to work as one, no one would have survived.

The Graphics and Music

The music paired with the graphics beautifully. It added anticipation and suspense. You knew how the soldiers were feeling, just by the music.

Summary

I loved the fact that the film was not sugar coated and it was big in music and graphics. It showed what it was like and it looked terrifying. My heart was in my chest all the way through, as I saw men waiting and fighting for their lives. I felt very patriotic after the film(s) and proud to be British.

What did you think of Dunkirk?

A family member went to see it on a different occasion and said that it was good but it lacked “Umph”.

Star Rating

Undoubtably, I would give Dunkirk 4 stars. Need I say more?

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Have your say

What did you think of the film? Did you agree with my review? or not? Did you like Harry Styles in his first major acting role?

So much to think about… BUT don’t worry, you can contact me by commenting on this review or through Facebook or Twitter. There are so many ways to get in touch!

But that’s it from me..

Until the next review..

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