The Great British Bake Off

Tudor Week

Series 2016 - Episode 8 Tudor Week

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Review

The weirdly themed episodes just keep on coming, though not for much longer. We’ve reached the quarter-finals as the Bake Off’s time on the BBC slips away.

We’ve arrived at the debut of Tudor Week, and a series of complex, fiddly challenges. The showstopper in particular is flipping hard work involving lots of marzipan – someone even makes a marzipan sword to represent the Battle of Bosworth. Now there’s dedication for you.

Elsewhere some of the contestants, surprisingly, look a bit puzzled when they are each confronted with a pestle and mortar, and Sue Perkins does an uncannily good impersonation of the call of a peacock. Oh, Sue (and Mel and Mary), we’re going to miss you.

Summary

The quarter-finals arrive, and only five contestants remain in the tent, and as the stakes get ever higher for the amateur bakers, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins introduce yet another new Bake Off challenge - Tudor Week. All three tasks this week revolve around baking practices from the time of Henry VIII, beginning with a signature bake in the form of savoury-stuffed pies. In the technical heat, the contenders are asked to prepare unusual knotted Tudor biscuits, while the showstopper takes the form of a marzipan spectacle fit to grace a banquet tables at court. Plus, Sue Perkins visits Hampton Court to discover how a sweet delicacy nearly tempted the Virgin Queen Elizabeth I to marry.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Presenter Sue Perkins
Judge Paul Hollywood
Judge Mary Berry
Executive Producer Sarah Thomson-Woolley
Executive Producer Richard McKerrow
Series Director Andy Devonshire
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