The Great British Bake Off: 2020 Holiday Specials
December 17, 2020 8:32 PM - Season 11 (Specials) - Subscribe

These may have been seen in the UK earlier, but just made it to Netflix in the US. Episode 1: Briony, Yan, Terry and Tom make a sweet and savory return and tackle festive cake pops, sausage roll wreaths and gingerbread showstoppers. Episode 2: The fun-loving cast of "Derry Girls" wing it as they do their holly, jolly best to impress Paul and Prue with trifles, blini and 3D decade cakes.
posted by ShooBoo (12 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Ah, we need another series of Derry Girls!
posted by Naberius at 9:23 PM on December 17, 2020 [11 favorites]




We only watched the Derry Girls one, but it was fantastic, everyone was great fun.
posted by solotoro at 7:11 AM on December 18, 2020


I want an entire series of Bake Offs that have the Derry Girls energy. Get ensemble comedic casts that are willing to give it a go, set some just-within-reach baking goals, and let them run wild.

What We Do in the Shadows, I'm looking at you. A Bake Off contestant guested on your show and your cast knows half the folks involved with Bake Off, so this does not feel like a big ask!
posted by robocop is bleeding at 8:38 AM on December 18, 2020 [7 favorites]


The Derry Girls episode was charming and funny. I was struck by how closely the younger actors' personalities mirrored their characters, whereas the actor who plays the head nun was practically the diametric opposite of her character. Fun!
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:12 AM on December 18, 2020 [2 favorites]


I've been meaning to watch Derry Girls, and watching the cast on this show convinced me I need to get on it. They were a lovely cast. Siobhan (?) laugh-sobbing that she'd ruined the memory of her parents was hysterical.

It did, however, remind me that I miss Sandi more than ever.
posted by gladly at 12:54 PM on December 18, 2020 [3 favorites]


whereas the actor who plays the head nun was practically the diametric opposite of her character.

And yet I'm pretty sure it would be a blast to hang out with either. (I agree entirely with your whole comment.)
posted by solotoro at 1:15 PM on December 18, 2020 [2 favorites]


Siobhan (?) laugh-sobbing that she'd ruined the memory of her parents was hysterical.

I was literally tearing up with laughter at that part. What an incredibly fun idea - I wish there was a GBBO just for comedians totally winging it all the time
posted by WidgetAlley at 2:18 PM on December 18, 2020


I have been waiting for the Derry Girls ep to finally get to Netflix since Nicola Coughlan was tweeting about it last holiday season, and it was everything I wanted. My hopes and dreams were in that hat!
posted by the primroses were over at 2:42 PM on December 18, 2020


I wish there was a GBBO just for comedians totally winging it all the time

This is what I love about Taskmaster.
posted by clew at 12:07 PM on December 21, 2020 [2 favorites]


OMG YES clew. A friend just turned us on to Taskmaster a few weeks ago. She recommended certain seasons based on people she recognized and/or thought we would, since we aren't from the UK (and Season 4 is a good one for tying to GBBO - it has both Mel Giedroyc and Noel Fielding), but we've moved into seasons where we don't know any of the comedians from other stuff, and it loses precisely none of the appeal.
posted by solotoro at 7:19 AM on December 22, 2020 [1 favorite]


I gave up on GBBO last year, and watched the Derry Girls special mostly because my husband needed to watch something low-stakes. It turns out that I'm fine with Paul Hollywood's nonsense when the bakers are comedians who are more interested in delivering a good joke than actually taking PH's feedback seriously. Will try to hunt down Celebrity Bake Off episodes; I heard that James Acaster was pretty funny.
posted by creepygirl at 3:58 PM on December 25, 2020


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