The Great British Baking Show Season 5 Debuts on KIXE

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Stuart, a PE Teacher, is confident that his tomato turnover recipe is a winner. Then he looks down, and finds out he neglected to put in his special tomato jam, and the turnover is already in the oven. Is he ruined? Can the turnover possibly be any good? Does this mean he’s going home?

This is the stuff of drama on the new season of The Great British Baking Show, debuting June 22nd on PBS. In addition to Stuart’s dilemma, we follow Cathryn, a gas station attendant, who is so nervous her hands shake, through three challenges. Will Cathryn find her confidence? Or will her nerves doom her to an early exit?

Originally aired in Great Britain as The Great British Bake Off Series 3, Season 5 of The Great British Baking Show reunites all the familiar elements that have made the show such a great hit both in the US and internationally. Hosts Sue and Mel make cheeky, slightly off-color jokes with the judges and the contestants. Judges Paul and Mary frighten nervous bakers with pointed questions as they struggle to finish their bakes. Mary awards a bake with the sought-after compliment of “scrummy” (don’t try to look it up in the dictionary, you won’t find it).

In addition to Stuart and Cathryn, other contestants include Victoria, the CEO of an environmental charity; James, a medical student who treats every bake like a science project; Sarah-Jane, a Vicar’s wife who is used to baking for her congregation; and Manisha, a day care worker who hopes her baking can be as successful with the judges as it is her students. People from all over Great Britain, from all walks of life, but absolutely no baking professionals.

It’s aspirational television at its best, as viewers can picture themselves as contestant. It’s also educational, as contestants and viewers alike learn new baking terms and learn to bake things they’ve never heard of before.

This is advertised as the last season with the original cast, as Great British Bake Off has switched networks and replaced its hosts and judge Mary Berry. But for now, the team is intact, to be enjoyed one last time.

The Great British Baking Show Season 5 debuts Friday, June 22nd at 9:00 p.m. on KIXE Channel 9.

Chad Grayson
Chad Grayson has been a gas station attendant, sold video games over the phone, and even was the person who cuts the mold off the cheese in the cheese factory, but spent most of his career as a middle school Language Arts and History teacher. He is now a full-time stay at home dad and writer. You can find him on twitter at @chadgrayson and on his blog at
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6 Responses

  1. Thank you, Chad. This is great news.

    Friends, if you haven’t checked out this program, you might love it as much as I do. I even know one non-baker friend who’s a fan. I love the civility of this show, so unlike many cut-throat American cooking shows that pit contestants against each other.

    But I confess, the dreamy Paul Hollywood is one of my favorite reasons for watching the GBBS.

  2. AJ AJ says:

    I’ve really enjoyed this show from time to time. . . thank you Chad, for the heads up.

  3. Avatar Beverly Stafford says:

    I watched this show only once; so my critical comment probably isn’t fair. That show was one in which a yeast dough was the basis for the end product. The contestants were given only X amount of time to complete the product, but the rise time took nearly all of the allowable time, and the judges downgraded the contestants for not having a finished product. Seemed counterproductive; so I didn’t watch it a second time.

  4. Avatar Julie Driver says:

    Love this show! The skills of these home bakers is so impressive.