Victorian Bakers, episode 3

Right after the second episode, I’m going on to the third one.
Loving the show.

This time we’re near the end of the Victorian era, the year is 1900.

Again the costumes and all the glued on hair makes our participants look rather spiffy but the purple dress on baker Baura looks horrendous.
Not very good and although it is not something one should probably mention in public, I can’t help but wondering if she is actually wearing the proper undergarments of the ea, as those would have given the body and thus the dress its proper shape.
I know she says she wore a corset, but it still looks like something isn’t right.
Her dresses in previous episodes weren’t quite right, but this one really stands out for being awful.

Just a note for the gentlemen bakers, grow your facial hair, you all look superb.

The bakers finally have their store back, the bakery is no longer just the place where bread is made but also where it is sold, like it was centuries ago and is again today.
It is not completely new though, in Medieval times for instance, it was not that uncommon for bakers to sell their wares from their windows.

Goodness, things have changed in just a few years.
Now we’re cooking with gas.. literally!
And they have electricity, so the bright lights no longer ruin the atmosphere.

Are all those machines and ovens really over a century old?

I love how the bakers are getting dressed, now they look like proper bakers and of course, ties stay on at all times.
Whatever went wrong there?
Why do bakers no longer dress like that?
They should!
Without a proper baker’s hat, you’re no baker!
There, I’ve said it.

What an exciting era for bakers the turn of the century was.
Something you just don’t realise.
Although of course, not all bakers had the luck of going along with all this progress.

It must be delightful for our bakers to finally do what they love, but personally I prefer them down in the dumps and having to work in a way they have difficulty with.
Like in the previous episode.

Interesting to learn about how when things were getting better for bakers, people suddenly stopped eating bread because it reminded them of poverty.
And they had to add all sorts of new things, such as new luxury bread, cakes, cookies, etc.

And a little reminder how important immigrants have been to UK history.
Well timed.

I’m loving the funny and unusual  tin moulds giving us bread and cake in different novelty shapes!
Such imagination, I’d like to see that return.
A Savoy mould bread… oh my!
They look amazing!
I want them!
And I love how the baker realises she could learn a few things from her predecessors.
All these tinned breads and cakes look fantastic.
Please bring this back bakers.

The shop window dressing is quite amusing.
The art of making really impressive shop windows seems to have been lost in history.
It went the same way of looking the part and wearing a proper Baker’s outfit, it seems.

A little bit of women’s history added, indeed, quite horrific not being allowed to do what you’re good and and where your passion lies, just because of your gender.
Shame she  hasn’t got the muscle to do the job on her own, unlike a Victorian woman I reckon.
They were a lot stronger.I love that you can see and feel that the participants really got along and enjoyed their experience.Oh dear here come the big brands.
Must have been terrifying for the small bakers and we see today how bigger stores have destroyed so many smaller shops and in a way changed our society for the worse, sometimes even killing the high streets.

Here come the cakes… the fondant… the colours… oohhh my.
Good thing all shops are closed while I watch this.
Goodness me, how delicious.

The production team  was innovative, hiding some of the labels, making bottles look older by wrapping rope around it (?!) and sticking old labels on jam jars, etc.
And yes, don’t think you can get away with using a very modern bread knife!
I see you there… but at least they wrap some cloth about it so it stands out a little less.
Not sure why they failed to get a proper Victorian knife but the production team noticed it and tried to hide it, so at least they care.

Time for reflection, at the end of the series.
It was clearly a very impressive experience for our bakers.
The presenters do this silly; “Let’s pretend there are no viewers and we are talking to each other instead to them…” act again.

My conclusion; it was a wonderful show, generally well made and with lovely participants and wonderful locations.
There were a few mistakes made, such as the women’s outfits and letting them miss out on working like proper Victorians, learning what life is like wearing Victorian undergarments.
Although Harpreet said she wore a corset, something just didn’t seem quite right.
Maybe it was just the dresses or the way the corset was worn.
The second episode was amazing and very interesting.

Great show, compliments for the contestants, Harpreet Baura, Duncan Glendinning, John Foster and especially John Swift whose passion to experience what his ancestors went through impressed me.

I look forward to seeing the next series.
Will there be one?
Officially that decision has not been made public yet, but I think this show did rather well and knowing ‘Wall to Wall’ productions, making another series doesn’t scare them.
I can easily see another season being done, baking during the 1930s depression, the 1940s wartime and the icky plastic 1950s.

And the signs are good…

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