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"Bake Off is, in fact, as much about a secondary discourse played out in the press and social media as it is about the show itself."


--Charlotte Higgins, The Genius of the Great British Bake Off

 


 


From: Alexander Seawoll
Sent: 15th July, 2016, 11:12
To: Frank Caffrey; Cecelia Tyburn; Varvara Sidorovna; Oberon Thames; Iya Thames; Effra Thames; Richard Folsom
Cc: Thomas Nightingale; Molly DuFae; Miriam Stephanopolous; Sahra Guleed;
Subject: Final pre-air production meeting of GBBO 2016

Dear All,

Here are the minutes of our last meeting for this coming series of GBBO, which will be airing in four weeks. This meeting's purpose has been to summarise the production details and make sure everyone is on the same page. Key points:

  • Present during the meeting were: Thomas, Molly, Miriam, Sahra, Frank, Ty and Varvara. Joining via phone were Oberon and executive producer Iya.
  • Thomas and Molly reprised their roles as judges. Sahra and Miriam reprised their roles as hosts.
  • Oberon directed 5 episodes, Effra directed 5 + class of 2015 reunion episode.
  • Effra was also chief editor for all episodes
  • Fleet, Cecelia and Richard will be in charge of PR and Marketing 
  • Airing dates will be from August 17th - October 19th, 8PM on Wednesdays on BBC One.
  • As mentioned last week, broadcast might be delayed due to Olympics this year, so our finale will run over the end of silly season. 
  • As Iya said, BBC hopes for the usual show, no drama, no going reality-TV, minimal waterworks. Minimal scandal is okay and to be expected.
  • Confidentiality agreements have been signed by all.

Thanks to all for attending.

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions


 

From: Thomas [18:40]
Filming that was the longest ten weeks of my life. And that's counting 2002.

From: Molly [18:45]
chin up. at least the worst part is over. now it's just a few more weeks until the show airs.

From: Thomas [19:00]
Yes, in one month's time I get to re-live my mortifyingly sudden lack of emotional self-restraint in High-Definition television accompanied by the running commentary of the nation in form of "retweets".

from: Molly [19:05]
oh god here we go

 




From: Alexander Seawoll
Sent: 20th July, 2016, 13:59
To: Thomas Nightingale

Hi Thomas,
Why the fuck is there a photo of you and Peter Grant having dinner together? Why does it look like you're on a date? For God's sake, you're not supposed to have contact outside of the show. Do not give Walid another stress ulcer, he does not have the disposition for this shit.

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions

 


From: Thomas Nightingale
Sent: 20th July, 2016, 14:30
To: Alexander Seawoll

Alexander,

I ran into him and we had lunch, it was no big deal. For goodness' sake, as if I would commit that big a breach of protocol.

What do you mean it looked like we were on a date?

Warmest Regards,
Thomas Nightingale

 


From: Alexander Seawoll
Sent: 20th July, 2016, 14:40
To: Thomas Nightingale
Attached: DCMI_28109 DCMI_28112 DCMI_28115

I believe you, but it's gonna look bad. We'll need a lot of damage control if this leaks. Might have to unleash the Tyburn.

I mean, it looked like you were on a date.

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions

 


From: Cecelia Tyburn
Sent: 21st July 2016, 09:21
To: Alexander Seawoll, Thomas Nightingale
Cc: Varvara Sidorovna, Abdul Haqq Walid
Subject: Paparazzi situation

Dear all,

As you might know by now, a candid photo of Thomas and contestant Peter Grant eating lunch together in Russell Square popped up on our radar yesterday afternoon, courtesy of someone who calls himself "Mr. Punch". The good news about the situation is that they won't be able to sell it yet because Peter isn't famous enough to be recognisable. However, the bad news is that they are trying to extort us for money to keep it a secret when the episodes air.

I have consulted with Varvara on the matter, she and I will look into a solution. We will keep you updated.

Best Regards,
Cecelia Tyburn,
Head of Public Relations and Communications
Folly Productions

 



From: Varvara Sidorovna
Sent: 22nd July 2016 09:21
To: Alexander Seawoll
Cc: Thomas Nightingale, Cecilia Tyburn
Subject: Re: Paparazzi situation

Dear all,
I have taken care of the matter. He will not be contacting any of us ever again. Enjoy your weekends.

Kind regards,
Varvara Sidorovna
Director of Legal & Commercial Affairs
Folly Productions

 

 


Alexander Seawoll
to me
July 22nd 09:22

Varvara, what did you do?

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy

 

Alexander Seawoll
to me
July 24th 2016 10:39

No, seriously, what did you do to him?

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy

 


Alexander Seawoll
to me
July 25th 2016 12:01

Varvara, please answer me. What did you do to him? As long as this won't end up with a dead body, I don't need to know the details, but I need to be prepared. What did you do to him??

Best Regards,
Alexander Seawoll
Creative Director
Folly Productions

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy



From: Varvara Sidorovna
Sent: 27th July, 2016, 19:58
To: Alexander Seawoll
Cc: Thomas Nightingale, Cecilia Tyburn

He's not the only one with a telephoto lens, Alexander. A few words about him, a certain hotel room and mentions of his wife were all it took. Like I said, I have taken care of it.

Thomas, you should feel free to enjoy Peter's company now that filming is over, but please exercise more discretion in the future.

Kind regards,
Varvara Sidorovna
Director of Legal & Commercial Affairs
Folly Productions

 


 

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Meet the Contestants of Bake Off 2016

By Tista Gosh

Peter Grant, 28 - Peter is an architect for the City of London and describes himself as an experimental baker in the most literal sense - he has a habit of fiddling with the science side of things, using his precision skills from his job to experiment with new methods. He likes to challenge himself to use alternative methods to achieve the same results. His Sierran Leonan heritage is often infused in his recipes.

Lesley May, 29 - Originally from Brightlingsea, Lesley works as an accountant in Essex and sticks to old-school baking 'with a twist'. She is a methodical baker and seeks technical perfection in her products, holding them to professional sellable standards. She loves modernising classical British bakes by giving them her own modern flavour.

Beverley Brook, 24 - Beverley works as an environmental activist in Brighton and often makes her treats for charity events. She likes using organic, locally-farmed ingredients and experimental methods. Beverley started baking about five years ago for a charity workshop and hasn't stopped since.

Abigail Kamara, 18 - Abigail is our youngest baker this year. She studies journalism at University College London and is a self-taught baker. Despite her age, she already has over 7 years of baking experience, having started in the kitchen early with her grandmother, but it was university that got her into seriously into baking, often as a way to de-stress. Her treats range from the advanced to "slammed together under 30 minutes" and always brighten up study sessions.

Jaget Kumar, 29 - Jaget is a sergeant for Manchester transport and a keen urban explorer. When he's not keeping the Manchester public transport on time, he bakes for his colleagues and family. He started baking in his teenage years and often competes in local fetes.

Melissa Oswald, 47 - Melissa is a beekeeper in Hereford and likes to use her own honey instead of sugar in her bakes. She lives with her father and her husband, but she relents that she is her own biggest critic. Her products are sold weekly at the local farmer's market and have become a town staple.

Dominic Croft, 31 - A former police constable turned-full-time dad, Dominic originally comes from Herefordshire and now lives in the countryside. He describes himself as a "traditional baker" and likes reproducing historical recipes. With two recently adopted children, he also makes "fictional foods", food that is inspired by meals from books, TV and film. His husband Victor is a farmer, whose produce are often used as ingredients.

Sky Gardens, 23 - Originally from Dover, Sky works as a florist in London and loves using her own homegrown herbs in her bakes. She bakes as a way to de-stress from busy city life and loves the designing and decorating part best. She won a cake design contest held at her hometown in 2014 and prides herself on being able to make the most boring cake look good.

Harold Postmartin, 79 - Harold lives in Cambridge and has only recently retired after teaching European Modern History at the University of St Andrews for 40 years. When baking, he likes to stick to the classics and often has tales to tell about the society certain food trends arose in. Although not an expert on culinary history, Harold's a methods are often simple, but stunning.

Kimberley Reynolds, 37 - Kimberley worked as an FBI agent for fifteen years and is now a diplomatic liaison living in London. She moved to the UK ten years ago and now travels all over the country, helping businesses negotiate tricky international politics. She works best under stress and high-pressure situations and often likes to wing it when baking. Kimberley's baking style fuses American delicacies with lighter, more subtle flavours of British desserts.

Simone Fitzwilliam, 32 - Simone tends bar and works as a singer at the Cafe dé Paris in Cornwall, a local family-owned historical bar and cafe. She learned to bake when she tried her hand at reproducing the café's delicious goods at home. Currently, she has proudly mastered the Viennese cake, profiteroles, macaroons and cheesecake to culinary perfection. 

Zachary Palmer, 27 - Originally from London, Zach works at the local whole foods supermarket in Chelmsford and often likes experimenting with his bakes by adding exotic flavours and spices he gets to take home. His recipes have been passed to him from his mum and grandmothers, whose classic blends he likes to "jazz up" with more modern flavours.

The 7th series of the Great British Bake Off returns on 17th August and will be airing at 8 o'clock on Wednesdays on BBC One. Returning as judges are Thomas Nightingale and Molly DuFae along with hosts Miriam Stephanopolous and Sahra Guleed.

Read more at radiotimes.com