If you’re ever to shoot in The Promenade at the Dorchester Hotel you have to prepare for a very early morning and to keep equipment to a minimum. Staying at the Dorchester is one thing, but sitting at the iconic Promenade is a London experience in itself. We entered into the hotel and found our way into one of the side rooms, off The Promenade where we could leave the equipment and prepare what we needed to shoot. Too early for anyone to enjoy breakfast, we carried the bags through, stumbling over the rose cuttings dropping from the grand bouquets the florists were preparing for the day ahead.
Prue had spent the night at the hotel and showed up at the Promenade as planned. Her new roll as host of the Great British Bakeoff on Channel 4 was met with rave reviews. She had taken the place of Mary Berry, and although maybe she doesn’t carry quite the gravitas of Mary Berry, she brings with her a more jovial presence and is well respected. She is much liked by everyone she speaks to and everyone who has seen her on TV. At the shoot she talked of people constantly asking to be photographed with her after her new roll with Bake Off. I am still surprised of the enormous success of Great British Bake Off, a show I shrugged off as nothing but a fad when it first aired. However, the show proved me wrong with Mary and Paul and have now proved a whole nation in doubt as it was moving to C4 wrong. The show is still a success with new blood and a fresh approach. If anything, maybe the shake up has prevented the show from becoming stagnant.