Friday, 19 August 2016

A Bake-Out Star

Lat year's GBBO champ now has her own show.

Written by Ben Felsenburg
Ben-Felsenburg-colour-176Let joy be unconfined, for The Great British Bake Off (Wednesday, BBC One, 8pm) is back. With Mary and Paul poised once again to deliver their unforgiving verdicts, all we can be certain of is that there’ll be more enthralling drama in that cauldron of a kitchen, and at the end a new champion will emerge.

But since the show started in 2010, no previous winner has conquered our hearts quite like Nadiya Hussain did last year. The mother of three has rightly claimed a very large slice of the fame pie, and can now all but officially be dubbed a national treasure after receiving the ultimate honour of a BBC show of her own.

In The Chronicles Of Nadiya (Wednesday, BBC One, 9pm) this charmingly natural and modest woman is off to explore Bangladesh. Although she visited the country of her parents almost every year while growing up in Luton, she hardly went beyond the confines of her family’s village, and in any event hasn’t been back for a good decade. It’s an emotional and sometimes tearful return as she’s reunited with relatives, but there’s also much to delight the eye – check out the spectacularly colourful saris in one shop – and the palate too, thanks to local dishes and, inevitably, Nadiya whipping up a cake or two in a busy bakery.

Do keep a notebook handy for her fine practical recipes: I can’t wait to have a bash at the clementine and cod curry.




NOT TO BE MISSED

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Posh pawn Sun, C4, 7pm
A Porsche, designer bags and a life-size statue of David Beckham are among the treasures being hocked as the series returns.

500 Questions Mon, ITV, 9pm
It’s smartypants central as contestants battle through a gruelling series of questions for cash prizes under the eye of the razor-sharp Giles Coren. 

One of us tues, BBC1, 9pm
Juliet Stevenson stars in a gripping new four-part thriller packed with devastating twists and turns, from the writers of The Missing.



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