The Great British Bake Off

Patisserie Week

Series 2016 - Episode 9 Patisserie Week

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Review

OK, get a grip. Try to stay calm. We’re just one week away from the final and, whisper it, the last time we’ll see a series of Bake Off on BBC.

In a horribly prophetic moment one of the four semi-finalists suddenly announces to the others how much time they’ve got left in the signature bake. Sue Perkins explodes like overactive yeast in bread dough: “Are you doing me out of a job? This is all I had!” she wails with mock indignation.

It’s patisserie week, so the bakers must “embrace their French side”, but everyone’s pastries keep tumbling to the floor as the words “Five second rule!” reverberate around the almost empty tent. After that, the showstopper challenge is the most manic and messiest you’ve ever seen. And someone – wipe away those tears, it’s not Sue – leaves.

Summary

Only four bakers remain as the semi-final arrives. This week, the contestants must demonstrate their mastery of patisserie in three more challenges. However, the stakes have never been higher, and a disaster in any one of the rounds might mean the difference between claiming a place in the final, or bowing out early. In the Signature, the bakers must achieve perfect lamination on French pastries, and in the Technical, Paul Hollywood puts the amateurs through their paces with a yeast-based cake with a fruity top and delicate chocolate work. For the Showstopper finale, the competitors face a multiple mini-cake bake, with Paul and fellow judge Mary Berry expecting a high-end finish that demonstrates the bakers' ability to manage their time.

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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