Episode #12.9: With Noel Fielding, Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith, Matt Lucas. It's the Bake Off semi-final, and time to test the remaining bakers' abilities in patisserie. There's a delicate layered slice that demands precision, a regional French classic, and then the bakers must create an opulent entremets display.
A shocking turn at the end of this episode. They should have had all four go to the final.
The Ambush: Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. With Michael Nardone, David Maybrick, Antonio Magro, Keeley Hawes. A police convoy escorting a civilian under a witness protection scheme is attacked, the witness hospitalized and all the police officers killed, except Inspector Lindsay Denton, who organized the operation at very short notice and who only informed DCC Dryden of the route. Ted Hastings asks Steve and Kate to interview her but Kate pulls out, claiming one of the dead officers, Jayne Akers, was a friend - though she has been having an affair with Jayne's husband Rich. Her place is taken by Georgia Trotman, who is troubled that the men are savage with their interrogation, treating Lindsay as a suspect and delving into her finances. Lindsay herself is moved to a missing persons unit but is shown to have a violent streak, attacking a noisy neighbour. Kate follows her to the retirement home where her mother lives and finds she has rung the hospital from a payphone. Georgia and Steve attend at the hospital where somebody is trying to kill the witness and who kills Georgia.
Tight opening… I’m already bought into the series, but this is a heck of an opener.
Directed by Julie Cohen, Betsy West. With Patricia Bell-Scott, Pauli Murray, Dolores Chandler, Brittney Cooper. A look at the life and ideas of Pauli Murray, a non-binary Black lawyer, activist and poet who influenced both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Thurgood Marshall.
Couldn’t make it to the Women’s march today, but watching this was an incredibly enriching replacement.