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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Who'd have thought that a Bake-Off could cause such a big stir?

Who'd have thought baking could be so brutal?

I mean really. Who'd have imagined that melted ice-cream would lead to a mental break down?

Last week, The Great British Bake Off was full of anger, supposed sabotage and hissy fits - so much so that it came across like a posh version of Geordie Shore.

But did we really see what went on?

The most drama a GBBO viewer has seen in the past is perhaps a gooey ganach or dare I say it - a soggy bottom. Firey tempers are new to this audience, and I don't know if it sat well.

On the off chance that you're not fully up to speed, the chain of events last week, from an audience point of view, were as follows.

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Iain, the beardy guy from Northern Ireland, put his baked Alaska in Diana's freezer. Diana took it out and forgot to inform Iain.

Iain saw his baked Alaska all melted and chucked it in the bin.

The producers were faced with some edit options, and this is where it gets really interesting. They could have set Iain up as a stupid, hot headed contestant and made him the baddie.

But they didn't. They edited Diana, a grandmother, as the nasty one, who 'sabotaged' Iain's bake and deliberately left the cake out to melt.

The fact of the matter is that Iain's cake was out of the freezer for 40 seconds. And 40 seconds of normal temperature would not reduce it to liquid.

Now, I didn't get this information from the show. These details came by way of a tweet posted by the presenter Sue Perkins, on the night the show went out.

The producers and editors allowed Diana to take the blame, and omitted to include the somewhat important fact that Iain's cake wasn't made properly in the first place.

You never truly know what goes on in an edit suite.

What might be a light hearted baking competition, can be turned into a battle of wills, on the basis of one swift reaction shot and music sequence from an editor.

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Sue Perkins' final tweet last week was as follows: "All getting a little inflamed for my liking. Am off. This is a show about CAKES. Please, let's save the ire for real stuff. Peace & out x"

So perhaps the producers and editors got it really wrong this time.

Maybe it's best to keep the Bake Off all fluffy and light, and leave the overheated, OTT melodrama and manipulative editing to the likes of Geordie Shore.

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