Greatest Little Britons: Cake Decorators

Thu Jul 4, 9-10pm, Sky1

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Episode one
Cakes are as serious as you want them to be. The 2009 ‘Storyville’ documentary ‘Kings of Pastry’ posited cake decoration as part gastronomic exploration, part perilous existential journey. But that (brilliant) film was about French people. This series opener is self-consciously a British affair – indeed, with its chirpy musical pootlings and air of gentle absurdity, it’s pretty much a Keep Calm and Carry On poster in televisual form.

First, we meet various eccentrics: a lady who makes sugary representations of shoes and handbags, a man whose cake is a tribute to Our Brave Boys in the armed forces, and so on. And then we follow them as they bid for glory at the Cake International Convention. It’s idly amusing, although we never really learn enough about either their individual motivations or the actual nuts and bolts of their skill to really care who wins. It is quite fun to hear one of them, apparently without irony, use the phrase ‘the icing on the cake’ however.


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Vicky Whitney
Vicky Whitney

i was very disappointed indeed to read your write up regarding "Greatest Little Britons". Have you taken into consideration the hard work and sheer focus of these Britons to get where they are in their chosen interest. For example you state that these people are somewhat eccentric and mention a lady who makes sugary shoes and handbags. Have you ever attempted to make anything remotely like this. It takes skill and imagination, something sorely lacking in your article. I would imagine your expertise in the culinary department would struggle to make a Victoria Sponge. If everybody was to be labelled by you an eccentric because they express their culinary skill and artistry then I say let thank God for eccentrics and shame on the idiots who criticise someone else for doing what the shamed one cannot do. The Lady who makes sugary shoes and bag has been making our celebration cakes for at least 3 years now and they are always custom made to order. This lady has true skill, imagination and artistry and every single cake she has made for us has been divine. Shame on you fior your negative and ignorant article.

Vicky Whitney
Vicky Whitney

i was very disappointed indeed to read your write up regarding "Greatest Little Britons". Have you taken into consideration the hard work and sheer focus of these Britons to get where they are in their chosen interest. For example you state that these people are somewhat eccentric and mention a lady who makes sugary shoes and handbags. Have you ever attempted to make anything remotely like this. It takes skill and imagination, something sorely lacking in your article. I would imagine your expertise in the culinary department would struggle to make a Victoria Sponge. If everybody was to be labelled by you an eccentric because they express their culinary skill and artistry then I say let thank God for eccentrics and shame on the idiots who criticise someone else for doing what the shamed one cannot do. The Lady who makes sugary shoes and bag has been making our celebration cakes for at least 3 years now and they are always custom made to order. This lady has true skill, imagination and artistry and every single cake she has made for us has been divine. Shame on you fior your negative and ignorant article.

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