If you’ve been scrolling through Netflix or asking family and friends for TV show recommendations over the past few months, the Great British Baking Show has probably come across your radar more than once. And while I’ll admit I’ve watched my fair share of the competition series, I am likely in the minority that will argue in favor of other U.K.-based television shows (gasp!).
Before anyone gets defensive, let me make one thing clear. I enjoyed the show overall (and yes, like you I am actively keeping up with the new season). However, I find that as the show has progressed, I have gradually begun to lose interest. Perhaps it’s the fact that my baking ability doesn’t extend beyond cutting slices of Toll-House cookie dough and placing them on a baking sheet. Or the fact that Mary Berry’s exit—who I believe is the U.K’s closest thing to Ina Garten—left the show forever changed.
Nonetheless, TGBBS successfully piqued my interest in other British food-focused shows—a genre that I didn’t know existed in the world of content streaming. In fact, in the last two months alone I have binged a total of three other U.K-based reality food shows—plus a bonus international series—and done practically nothing else. (OK, besides work. Yet, let me point out that here I am writing about it for work...).
So, if you’re like me and you’re having a bit of baking fatigue so to speak, allow me to introduce you to the three other series in my life. And who knows—maybe you’ll even be inspired to experiment beyond Toll-House.