How the Great British Baking Show is different from other reality competition series

One of the things we love most about ‘The Great British Baking Show’ is how real it is. Well, as real as a reality show can get. “Nothing is staged on this show. There’s no prize at the end of the day other than a plate,” season eight baker Tom Hetherington told Insider. This keeps the spirit of the show light and fun, and the contestants are there to celebrate the joys of baking and maybe impress a judge or two.

Unlike other competition shows that report nasty fights and behind-the-scenes drama, the cast really bond with each other. “Nobody really wants to win because they want others to fail,” Ali Imdad told Insider. “They want to win because it’s a beautiful, warm and heartwarming show and they want to show they’re good at baking.” Other contestants agree, taking the time to help their fellow contestants once they’re done, though sometimes their dishes are beyond repair. According to Insider, many of the cast members who clashed remained friends long after filming. Heatherington fondly reflects on the process, saying, “It’s just 12 or 13 people who really love to cook and really love each other. It’s very cheesy and it’s very British, but it’s true in that respect.”

Audiences of ‘The Great British Baking Show’ share in the heartfelt enjoyment the actors have on screen – if only we could share the baked goods too.