Laura was good enjoyable (Image: Channel 4)
Don’t you assume that extra competitors reveals would profit from having a RuPaul’s Drag Race-style Miss Congeniality prize?
Give it some thought; all of us have these contestants we are able to’t assist however fall in love with, even when they’re not probably the most technically proficient.
They’re the contestants who had notably significant journeys and overcame distinctive obstacles, even when they had been by no means realistically going to really win.
Effectively, now that the Great British Bake Off is all completed and flour-dusted for one more yr, I’m questioning if – on this case – embattled serial-survivor Laura Adlington is the one which deserves that kind of honour.
It’s a crowded discipline, for positive: regardless of this sequence’ few flaws (barely over-complicated challenges, lack of air con, the continued prominence of Mr bloody Spoon), the casting was spot-on, and there have been a number of bakers who rightly turned big fan favourites because the weeks went on.
The dry wit of Lottie, the unassuming expertise of Hermine, the beautiful hair of Mark, the bewildered facial expressions of Sura… it was actually unhappy to observe somebody go on the finish of each episode, even when baby-faced murderer Peter was the clear winner from very early on.
However for having the hardest journey of all – each on and off-screen – it’s Digital Supervisor and Samaritans volunteer Laura who was maybe my favorite from the category of 2020.
From turning into the first female Star Baker of the year one second to forgetting to set her ice cream maker to ‘chilly’ the subsequent, she was a messy and chaotic queen match for a messy and chaotic yr – and I for one discovered her extraordinarily relatable.
She was good enjoyable, too; and when things started to get a bit hairy for her and Lottie in 80s Week, they had been a extra entertaining double-act than Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas.
Whereas she might not have generated as a lot dialogue as, say, Lottie or Peter, she was humorous, straight-talking, self-deprecating, had no filter, and – even when issues acquired so overwhelming that she wanted just a little cry – she at all times got here combating again with a showstopper that might carry her by means of to the subsequent spherical.
Her flavours had been frequently hailed by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith (Image: Love Productions)
Her secret weapon? The truth that, although presentation was most frequently her downfall, she was at all times saved by her capability to tick an important field of all: style.
Her flavours had been frequently hailed by Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith, and though she was very a lot the underdog in yesterday’s finale, it was her apparently ‘heavenly’-tasting Showstopper that maybe acquired probably the most glowing critiques of the night time.
Sadly although, GBBO wasn’t only a tumultuous expertise for her on-camera, it was additionally decidedly bumpy within the ‘actual world’, because of the meaner sides of the TV-watching public.
Laura, like many bakers, had a few near-misses when it got here to the eliminations; nevertheless it was unlucky that – in her case – they at all times got here on weeks when large fan favourites like Lottie or Hermine ended up being those who went (Peter, by comparability, was saved on his unhealthy weeks on the expense of individuals like under-performing Rowan and lovely-but-quiet Marc).
Hermine’s elimination, specifically, sparked a huge storm online – with many viewers letting their (comprehensible!) disappointment over her exit develop into (not comprehensible!) anger and vitriol in direction of poor Laura.
The state of affairs acquired so ugly that Hermine herself needed to name out the poor behaviour, and Paul needed to remind everybody of two key factors: firstly, that series-long report playing cards rely for nothing and that every week is judged solely by itself deserves (keep in mind when Prue instructed Lottie that she simply needed to ‘not be the worst’?).
Secondly, that there’s solely a lot armchair judging we as viewers can do as a result of we are able to’t truly style the rattling meals just like the precise judges can.
When Laura had to take to Twitter herself and level out that ‘GBBO is all about kindness and I haven’t seen a lot of that on right here’, it was heartbreaking; and I actually hope that complete furore didn’t bitter the expertise an excessive amount of for her.
The truth that social media appeared to be flooded with sympathy when her signature and technical challenges went awry final night time signifies that folks have typically been extra supportive than not.
So, whereas Peter was very a lot the deserving winner of this yr’s cycle, if we may additionally unofficially introduce a Miss Congeniality award to proceedings, in my eyes Laura would stroll it.
I hope we see her and fellow faves Lottie and Hermine again for a enjoyable Christmas particular sooner or later very, very quickly.