There’s a lot of uncertainty in post-Brexit Britain. Important questions need answering, such as: Are we going to have access to the single market? What will border controls be like? Will Sainsbury’s keep selling croissants?
But there are some things we can always be sure of. One: British people take real joy in the seemingly trivial.
The Great British Bake Off gets this. The need for the trivial. It’s a show about cake for god’s sake. And people are so into it that they cry when a sponge has a soggy bottom (guilty), and feel their hearts thud in fear when Paul Hollywood tastes a Venetian biscuit.
Bake Off could have been a distasteful, inward-looking Middle England show, but it isn’t and never has been. It’s properly British. It reflects the fact that these days, less than half of British people identify as Christian, and that almost 13% of the UK population isn’t white.