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17 October, 2016

Nadiya's Bake Me a Story: Fifteen Stories and Recipes for ChildrenNadiya’s Bake Me a Story: Fifteen Stories and Recipes for Children by Nadiya Hussain

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The 2 stars are for the book. The BBC gets 1 star. The “author” Nadiya, gets 5! I was sent this book to look at to buy it for the shop. Nothing Nadiya Hussein who won the baking show, Great British Bake Off last year, could do could possibly match up to the hype the BBC have been hysterically pushing for months now. I understand that the BBC out of a mistaken sense of being politically-correct have decided that this pretty, nicely spoken mum-of-three is going to be the Next Big Ethnic Star and show that Not All Muslims are Fundamentalists.

Are they stupid or what? Those who believe that all Muslims support ISIS are going to be horrified by a hijab and heavy make-up wearing Muslim woman anyway. The rest of us aren’t that stupid. Nadiya is a presenter, is getting her own show, her own books, and interviews all over the place. The BBC say she is a National Treasure. I understand how swayed by the promises of fame and riches Nadiya obviously was, but her first exposure to being a major media presence was baking a cake for the Queen’s birthday, it was awful. She’s an amateur and bakes family-style, not slick wedding-cake, royal icing and sculpted tiers. She was out of her depth as the picture shows. And so she is with the book.

The book is a rehashing of fairy tales and simplistic recipes for the primary school set (they are quite nice actually). The book is obviously a production set-piece from the BBC and the publisher put together by a ghost writer and illustrator with contributions from Nadiya (maybe).

Nadiya is not a “national treasure”, “rising media star” or an author. She’s a nice woman with a pretty face who is a good amateur baker and she should do what the other winners do, bake in her local community, maybe run cookery classes or set up a little shop or cafe. Her town is, I’m sure, proud of her and would support her and probably put her on the local media where she could grow, at her own pace and how far she went would depend on her talent and charisma (which she has).

I just really hate to see someone set up for a fall by the BBC whose own agenda required them to find a Nadiya and they just didn’t care about her as a person at all.

Good luck Nadiya. I didn’t love the book, but I loved you in the Great British Bake Off and wish you the best.

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CecilyI never watched Bake Off, but I caught Nadiya’s interview on Desert Island Discs (here, though the link may not work where you are:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07nng5j) and was utterly charmed by her, and the way she talked about herself, her life, and her beliefs.

I then caught a bit of her on some comedy panel show on TV and thought much the same as you have here. She’s a lovely and admirable woman, a friendly and positive face of British Islam, but I fear for where she’s being pushed, and how fast. I hope we are wrong.

message 2: by Petra X (last edited Sep 28, 2016 06:06AM) rated it 2stars

Petra XCecily wrote: “She’s a lovely and admirable woman, a friendly and positive face of British Islam, …”

She’s really nice, that’s what got her to be the BBC’s National Islamic Treasure. When you see BBC shows, like Great British Bake Off, and various others, you see the make-up of the contestants. Here we have the Token Black (British), Token Black (from Africa) (one of the Blacks should be a Professional) Mixed Race person, Person with very common accent, Old Person who is just as good as the young ones (maybe better, but they can’t win because they aren’t Attractive Enough to be used in further programming). Then there is the Asian, Sikh, Hindu or Muslim and for some reason I’ve never been able to fathom, one person has to have ginger hair. The rest of the people can be white.

It’s not that I’m against ethnic casting, far from it, when my sons were young, I couldn’t find hardly any tv (apart from dreadful sitcoms from the US) or even books with black children, let alone mixed race ones. It’s the BBC’s cynical agenda and the way they play with people I despise.

If people in the UK really needed to be shown that Muslims are just like us, then they would never have elected a Muslim mayor of London. People don’t need preaching to.

MaryannC.Book FiendOh how disappointing, really loved her on British Baking show, she was a such a sweetheart, too bad this book was a let down

Petra XMaryannC.Book Fiend wrote: “Oh how disappointing, really loved her on British Baking show, she was a such a sweetheart, too bad this book was a let down”

The book was not “her”. It was a publishing company/BBC production using Nadiya to sell it. Or that’s how it read.

message 5: by Laura

LauraYuck. How sad that they are pushing her like that. Oh well. Next year great British bake off will be on channel four.

MaryannC.Book FiendPetra X wrote: “MaryannC.Book Fiend wrote: “Oh how disappointing, really loved her on British Baking show, she was a such a sweetheart, too bad this book was a let down”

The book was not “her”. It was a publishin…”

No, I know, just too bad BBC didn’t do a better job with this

Petra XLaura wrote: “Yuck. How sad that they are pushing her like that. Oh well. Next year great British bake off will be on channel four.”

I wonder if they will be able to duplicate it’s success? The BBC are very good at capturing the very low-key, understatedness and self-deprecation that is so British and entertaining. I’m not sure if C4, dependent on advertising and selling shows isn’t going to for a more obvious, loud and self-congratulatory format in order to appeal to the American market?

Also with commercial breaks that means finishing on ‘cliff hangers’ and restarting with recaps. Then there is the chemistry of Mary/Paul, can they recreate that? I don’t so go for the Mel and Sue, I don’t think they were integral, just their role.

message 8: by Carol

CarolI didn’t even know who she was when I started to read your review, that’s how out of the reality TV I am.

Interesting how they would try to make this woman someone she is not.

Enjoyed reading the discussion here.

Petra XCarol wrote: “Interesting how they would try to make this woman someone she is not. Enjoyed reading the discussions here…

I love discussions following reviews. They are how we all get to know each other and become friends.

MaryannC.Book FiendPetra X wrote: “Carol wrote: “Interesting how they would try to make this woman someone she is not. Enjoyed reading the discussions here…

I love discussions following reviews. They are how we all get to know ea…”

;D

message 11: by Malia

MaliaNice review, Petra! I haven’t read the book, but I do like Nadiya, and hope she has a good agent/manager who is looking out for her best interests, and won’t let her become a figurehead for something she is not prepared.

message 12: by Cecily

CecilyRegarding BBC token casting, I believe there was recently a decision that comedy panel shows on BBC radio and TV must have at least one woman. Of those I’ve heard and seen lately, that appears to be happening in practice. I have mixed feelings: I don’t like the idea of positive discrimination, but I do like the idea of diversity and exclusivity.

Petra XCecily wrote: ” I have mixed feelings: I don’t like the idea of positive discrimination, but I do like the idea of diversity and exclusivity. …”

That’s how I feel. Except that they really needn’t do it if they changed the way they cast things. Years ago I did something for the Children’s Channel. They were looking to recruit a presenter and got 5,000+ applicants so I got the job of sorting them. The people who got interviews ALL (without exception) “knew” someone, or at least could drop names. And the two who got the job – a Heseltine and a Freud. The people who had no connections were just not even considered. I shouldn’t imagine it’s much different now.

message 14: by Cecily

CecilyI think “exclusivity” was a typo, but I’m not sure what word I intended. Never mind; you got my meaning. Yes, I expect things are still fairly similar, but not being an insider, I’ve got no way of knowing for sure.

message 15: by lethe

letheAw, that is sad, she deserved better than being thrown to the lions like that.

Petra Xlethe wrote: “Aw, that is sad, she deserved better than being thrown to the lions like that.”

For sure. She is probably incredibly flattered and loves the idea of fame and fortune though. She was such a sweetie on that show.

PorshaJoNice review Petra X. I did watch the show in the US this summer and was a bit surprised that she won. They seemed to focus on her quite a bit on the show (more than others). This seems to be the case with the show’s winners – they must churn out a book. Quality is not an issue, as long as it’s pushed out. And if it’s anything like that cake, which is dreadful, I can only imagine the contents. But the concept of stories and baking…..they threw her to the wolves.

Petra XPorshaJo wrote: “They seemed to focus on her quite a bit on the show (more than others). This seems to be the case with the show’s winners – they must chur…”

I think the BBC had picked the winner from the applicants before the show started. They had an agenda and just needed the “star”. I think this probably happens quite a bit. After all in Pop Idol and The X Factor, the “amateurs” are often professionals who haven’t achieved a great deal or have won talent shows in other countries and have been invited to audition.

The producers are after making a good program and it only has to look ‘real’, it doesn’t have to be so in reality.

message 19: by Fiona

FionaI’m sure the participants don’t have a choice. It’s probably in their contract that they have to do X, Y and Z after the show. It works for some and not others. I thought Nadiya’s recent journey / food travel programme was pretty awful and feel sorry that she’s found herself in a role that she looks so uncomfortable in. She was a real personality on the show but it doesn’t transfer into the wider media (IMHO).

Petra XFiona wrote: “I’m sure the participants don’t have a choice. It’s probably in their contract that they have to do X, Y and Z after the show….”

I think you’ve hit the nail on the head there. Nadiya was picked from the applicants to fulfil the BBC’s political agenda and thought she was just going into a cooking show. Someone else like that was Princess Diana. Maybe it’s a woman thing, I will have to give that some thought.

PorshaJoPetra X wrote: “The producers are after making a good program and it only has to look ‘real’, it doesn’t have to be so in reality. .”

This is why I never watch “reality” shows. I only watch the baking show via the computer as I’m interested in the actual baking/food porn. I just want to see what they make. I do have to say the European version of the show (original) does not have much drama sliced together by the producers. The US version of the show was completely unwatchable. So much drama and fighting, all slighted, and probably encouraged, by the producers. I quit watching after the first episode.

But agree with Fiona – most people probably think I want to see if they can bake, if they can win this. Not knowing what is in their contracts. I have seen various baking books by the other contestants (non-winners) and I suspect they were required to put their face on these items.

message 22: by AH

AHI stumbled across the british bake off show when I was channel flipping and I really enjoyed the show. I didn’t know who won because I never got to see that episode. I liked the show because they were challenged to bake things I don’t usually see, along with the regular stuff. I liked Nadiya because she seemed like a real down to earth kind of baker and it’s nice to see a little cultural diversity on tv. Too bad her cookbook did not wow you.

Petra XPorshaJo wrote: “The US version of the show was completely unwatchable. So much drama and fighting, all slighted, and probably encouraged, by the producers. I quit watching after the first episode….”

Me too. A lot of the US cookery shows are like that. Especially the Next Food Network Star which is all drama and personality and 30 seconds of some food.

@AH As Porshajo said, it’s probably just a book she had to put her face to. It makes me dislike the BBC and the publishing company. But I hope Nadiya doesn’t get eaten alive by the media on her lacklustre performances and book and can make a good career (if that is what she wants) on her own terms.

message 24: by Ixan

IxanThe BBC have this warped left-wing agenda that pushes only one side of the news but pretends to be authoratative and objective reporting. This has been going on for years. It’s not really left wing in the old socialist way but repressive as a more communist persecute the enemy way.

message 25: by Cecily
CecilyAs you thought, ‘Nadiya Hussain has signed a deal to front programmes on the BBC… she will continue to make films for The One Show and develop “other exciting programme ideas”…Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, described Hussain as an “exciting new talent”‘
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainme…

Petra XCecily wrote: “Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, described Hussain as an “exciting new talent”‘ …”

She isn’t though, is she? She might be ok for a 3 minute baking spot on daytime tv and then sitting on a couch and chatting afterwards. The stuff about ITV wanting her for a judge alongside a professional baker of note like Paul Hollywood is just so much BBC spin to build up their diversity ‘star’.

message 27: by Cecily

CecilySadly, I agree. I just hope that when she loses her TV lustre, she can find continued happiness.

Petra XI think she will be able to make a career for herself in a more minor way. I hope she doesn’t feel used and abused though, or at least thinks the money was worth it.

There was another cooking show My Kitchen Rules UK last week, absolutely dire, nothing like the wonderful Australian version, and it had a Muslim brother and sister. Woman wearing hijab. I realise that all shows must now contain Blacks and Muslims but why only hijab-wearing? I know plenty of Muslims here and in London and not one of the wears it. What is their point? Or is it that we might miss the point?