The Great British Baking Show: Series 8 (2017)


Series 8
The Great British Baking Show

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There's even more caramel, cakes, and camaraderie to enjoy in the eight season of The Great British Baking Show.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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User Ratings: 5

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Air date: Aug 29, 2017

The Bake Off begins with Cake Week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge. Next, Prue sets her first technical - a children's tea party favorite - and everyone is out to impress the new judge. And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: an illusion cake.

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Air date: Sep 5, 2017

It's week two of The Great British Bake Off and just 11 bakers remain. This week, who will snap in biscuit week, as Paul and Prue set the bakers three new challenges? The sandwich biscuit signature challenge sees the bakers crumbling as they try to blend biscuit and filling.

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Air date: Sep 12, 2017

It's Bread Week and the ten remaining bakers have a lot to prove to Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith. This time they've been set three tough challenges: a teacake signature, where they must rise to the challenge; a two-tiered technical that's back to basics; and the most ambitious sculpture showstopper ever set in Bread Week. Only one can claim star baker; while another will leave the tent for good.

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Air date: Sep 19, 2017

It's week four of The Great British Bake Off and just nine bakers remain. For the very first time on the show, it's caramel week. Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood have set the contestants three sticky challenges. There's a super sweet signature with a rich teatime favorite; a double Dutch technical, that has the bakers pressed for time; and a caramel showstopper sure to stick in the memory.

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Air date: Sep 26, 2017

A week of puddings hands the bakers a steamy signature, a twisty technical with staggered start times, and a multilayered trifle terrine.

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Air date: Oct 3, 2017

Week six of The Great British Bake Off is pastry week. Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood have put together three tough challenges that will really test the remaining seven bakers' prowess with pastry. There's a savory signature, where they must impress with style and substance; a multi-layered technical; and an ambitious final challenge, in which the bakers are pushed to the edge with a traditional pie.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2017

Week seven of The Great British Bake Off is Italian week. Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood have set three Italian challenges to test the six remaining bakers.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2017

Week eight of The Great British Bake Off is Forgotten Bakes week, and our five bakers are stepping back in time to face the test of baking with unfamiliar recipes.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2017

It's the semi-final of the Great British Bake Off, and the four remaining bakers are all desperate to claim their place in the final. The remaining bakers know they are just three patisserie challenges away from the biggest day in their baking lives.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2017

Three bakers remain but only one can be crowned winner. The final sees Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith set three challenges that will test every aspect of the bakers' skills.

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Tv Season Info

Twelve homebakers compete in a baking competition in an effort to be crowned the winner.

Critic Reviews for The Great British Baking Show Series 8

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

Popular among men and women, young and old, it keeps what's left of Britain's tattered dream of pluralism and equality alive.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

C4 hasn't messed with the format, which is so strong it turns out the presenters don't much matter.

Apr 23, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Great British Bake Off, a teetering edifice of delicious tiny morsels itself, held together by the sweet bonds of love, nostalgia and charm, has survived the move from BBC oven to Channel 4 table.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Dough devotees can rest easy. Mary, Mel and Sue might be gone but the show's recipe remains as winning as ever.

Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

But as much as I love optimism, for me, every single change to the show has been for the worse.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

We want to hate the new version, but just can't. Turns out Prue Leith, an old friend of Mary Berry, is delightful.

Apr 23, 2019 | Full Review…

The food isn't the only ingredient that's going to make this new Channel 4 series brilliant. It's the bakers, the suspense and, of course, Noel and Sandi's comedy sideshow.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

In its entirety, the whole series was a moderate soggy bottom. It desperately misses Mary Berry, the doyen of baking, and the presenting duo of Mel and Sue who were just funnier than the incumbents.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Some of the hosts were different, but the series smartly decided to keep things just as they were otherwise, helped by some instantly likeable contestants such as Liam Charles and Yan Tsou.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The baking is as tough as ever, including an eye-popping showstopper round packed with inventive artistic delights.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

To watch and enjoy it is to applaud the march of British soft power and the illusion that "niceness" and not colonialism is the most quintessentially British phenomenon.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

While no one can replace the legends lost to the BBC, I was surprisingly taken with new additions Prue Leith, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, and the new group of bakers is top notch.

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great British Baking Show: Series 8

  • Nov 13, 2020
    Prue really brings down the show. She is petty, hyper critical for no reason, intimidates and misleads the contestants, she is pretty terrible and I hope her contract runs out and she is not renewed. I really miss Mary Berry.
  • Oct 16, 2020
    The GBB as it will be referred to is a simple cooking show that takes a kinder approach to the world of food critique game shows. The show has a very simple layout: every episode a mix of creative cooking and recipe based competition. This mix is not off base of different shows but It has a different magic to it that other cooking shows don't have. There is a series of guest judges that changes with each season but some are series regulars. They are either small celebrity personalities or chiefs in the cooking world. This show is able to present drama, while still not having any screaming or anger like every other cooking competition show. This is because of the calmness of the judges and the actual critical criticism that they give. The show is more like a peek into a small cooking class where people come to show their skills as well as learn more than what they did before. Unlike other shows that offer a cash prize or a lucrative job at a top kitchen this show offers a trophy as well as bragging rights, people aren't fighting for their future but are rather there to have fun and show their skills to a large audience. The only drama within the show usually isn't cooking based but rather small annoyances like some contestants helping one another. This dynamic has an odd effect on the viewer as these are real life things that you can totally relate to. Instead of colossal freakouts like in Kitchen Nightmares, there are people that won't stop talking to the person next to them, or someone who always needs to borrow things. It reminds the viewer of coworkers and classmates and makes the drama more realistic. This also makes you laugh out loud at some of the quirks people have. The progression of the show is much slower as well, it lets you build a connection with some of the contestants. This lets you see their personality as well as their cooking ability which has you rooting for them as well as wishing other contestants off the island. Another large distinction from other shows is, that instead of multiple dishes per show the GBB does only a handful and also shows you in detail what they are doing which has you guessing which contestant is going to win from the very start, up until the timer their dishes are prepared. Overall the GBB is a very good show, it uses realism and low stakes to create a fun environment which amplifies everything that happens. To elaborate, because things are so calm within the show when a judge is truly grossed out by something due to a contestant, it is devastating and shocking. This is a slow paced simple show that hooks you in from the very beginning and must be binged, ideally all at once.
  • Jan 15, 2020
    One of the most lovable groups of amateur bakers yet. Marred only by the severely mediocre example of "Pizza Margherita" used by Paul and Prue in the technical challenge during Italian week.
  • Oct 25, 2019
    I now know how to make a proper English breakfast. So much more delicious than IHOPS in America.

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