We all know The Great British Baking Show was at its best when Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc, and Mary Berry were still part of the cast. There’s no question. Sure, Paul Hollywood and Noel Fielding do their best, and Matt Lucas definitely exists. And Prue seems like a pleasant and fair judge, though yesterday’s news from her memoir is sure to ruffle some feathers. Long story short, Prue was forced by her mother to drown a litter of kittens in a time and place where doing so was a cruel but common method of animal control. It’s difficult to blame an 11-year-old girl for doing as she was told, though I’m sure there’s a vocal Twitter contingent out for blood. It may not be the best story to relate in a memoir titled I’ll Try Anything Once. At any rate, it’s not Prue’s fault the show isn’t quite what it used to be. At least this year’s contestants seem to know what they’re doing.
This is an awkward segue into the lighter news that Sue will be back on Netflix with Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal. Sue tackles middle-age head-on by diving into South America’s cultures and enjoying all the things the staid British government says are off-limits.
I’m confused why the trailer cuts off mid-sentence at the end, but you get the gist. Sue explores South America’s opportunities for playing with fireworks, drinking, and taking drugs — you know, the sort of thing Americans call Thursday night. Netflix calls it experiencing “some of the most bizarre, unusual and shocking activities that are somehow PERFECTLY LEGAL in those countries,” which feels a little dramatic for another “whitefish out of water” travelogue, but it could be fun!
Sue Perkins: Perfectly Legal arrives on Netflix October 13.