The cast this year were really sweet - it was nice to see the friendships they formed and the genuine sense of camaraderie in the tent. However, I think as everyone has correctly pointed out though, the lack of memorable personas (beyond Helena) and the standard of the baking itself really made everything fall flat. The strange “I don’t like dairy!”, “everybody knows patisserie is not my thing!”, “if there’s one thing I can’t do... it’s pastry!” declarations at the start of every episode clearly demonstrated that the producers had cast less proficient bakers this year, with the hope that it might create fireworks rather than mediocrity. The inconsistent judging and the whiplash of the show jumping between completely uninspired and completely incomprehensible technicals are symptomatic of an ageing show that is not sure whether to reinvent itself or to stick religiously to the original format. The strange mix this year was pretty much the worst outcome imaginable - both alienating for long-standing viewers, and also unable to reinvent or offer anything new to the format.