'The Great British Baking Show' Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: Dessert Week

Nine bakers returned to The Great British Baking Show this week, intent on surviving the vaguely titled “dessert week”. Why this particular competition bears this name is something of a mystery.

Cakes, most tarts and some pies are desserts, after all. In fact, a majority of the challenges on The Great British Baking Show could technicallyfall into the dessert category. I guess it’s not ours to question why, only to witness the pursuit of baking perfection.  And thisw eek the bakers had to be perfect at whipping up torte, crème caramel and meringues. 

Another New ‘Little Women’ is Coming, Whether We Want It or Not

The ladies of the most recent PBS Masterpiece adaptation of "Little Women" (Photo: Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE on PBS, BBC, and Playground​)

Some stories are just universally loved, no matter how old they are. It doesn’t matter if we’ve seen feature film or television adaptations of them multiple times. Because people will make them again. And, like as not, we’ll all watch them again. And again.

Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women is apparently one of those stories. Which makes sense. It’s a universal coming-of-age story that speaks to women everywhere. That’s why there have been so many versions of it made over the years.

Which is, of course, why there’s about to be another one.

Benedict Cumberbatch Has Unexpected New Look in First Image from New ‘Brexit’ Drama

Benedict Cumberbatch in "Brexit" (Photo: Channel 4)

Despite the fact that the whole mess surrounding Britain’s impending departure from the European Union hasn’t even been properly sorted out yet, there’s already a TV adaptation in the works about it.

Upcoming Channel 4 drama Brexit aims to unpack the often stranger-than-fiction true life story of the run up to the landmark vote into a one-off television drama. And this is actually much less of a hot mess than you might expect, given the subject matter.

The feature is being written by playwright Jason Graham. Black Mirror’s Toby Haynes is on board to direct. And they’ve tapped Benedict Cumberbatch to star in it.

Unfortunately, they've given him what is possibly the worst hairpiece in the world.

British Actors You Should Know: Andrew Garfield

In honor of July 4th, that most American of holidays, I thought it would be fitting to feature an actor with strong ties to the States in our British Actors You Should Know series. 

Andrew Garfield was born in Los Angeles to an English mother and an American-ish father (the elder Mr. Garfield was born in the US to English parents of Eastern European descent). Garfield's family moved from California to England when he was three years old and he was raised in Epsom, Surrey. He has dual citizenship and, as you are about to see in this sampling of roles, he seems more than comfortable switching from one continent (and accent) to another.

At only 34 years old, Garfield’s career has been impressive in its variety, not only in terms of roles, but also in the range of mediums, be it stage, television or film. 

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