The new series of the Great British Bake Off has the youngest ever line up making it the perfect analogy for a post-Brexit society where millennials work hard in crappy accommodation to service the generous pensions of an older generation who call all the shots.
Next week sees the return of the dystopian reality show The Great British Bake Off. Its gritty depictions of a stressed-out baking underclass being lorded over by the wealthy elite have touched hearts and minds for nearly a decade.
TV pundit Simon Williams enjoys making tenuous links between light-entertainment shows and socio-political realities.
“The new series is more relevant than ever as it involves a group of twenty-somethings being totally controlled by the whims of the elderly,” he said.
“Their future employment prospects, social status – indeed, their very dreams – hinge upon the vagaries of older folk who discriminate against anything they view as ‘a bit weird’ even if it’s something as seemingly benign as a slightly undercooked sponge.
“The poor millennials can be seen slaving away over fancy little pastries they could never actually afford to buy themselves. They are forced to live in a field in a tent alongside a dozen strangers because they can’t afford the exorbitant rents of a bedsit flat.
“One by one, no matter how hard they work, they will be dismissed to the terrible void of anonymity. Only one will be allowed to embrace the capitalist dream, sell out their principles and betray their comrades by writing a cookbook and maybe becoming a tyrant TV presenter themselves.
“Make no mistake – the Bake Off tent is every British Street and Prue Leith is every aged Brexit voter who wants to maintain the status quo which was gifted to them but from which they benefit so much.
“Or, maybe it’s just about cakes and stuff.”