I’m loving Great British Bake Off (I’m finally on-board after poo-poohing it for three series). And I’m deeply into series two of Top Boy too. For those of you not in the know, Great British Bake Off is, basically, a baking competition, executed in a sunny marquee bursting with pansy-scattered aprons and chocolate sprinkles. By significant contrast, Top Boy has been labelled The Wire for Brits. I’m not sure I agree, but it’s very good – hard-core narrative, compelling characters, dark places and lots of gritty, visceral action.
So, without further ado, and not for the first time, I’ll confess to a split personality.
But my two favourite Tuesday night programmes have presented me with a mini linguistic conundrum. At 8 o’clock on Great British Bake Off dough is used to make bread. But an hour down the schedule on Top Boy they’ve said a fierce farewell to the traditional ‘crooks and drugs’ slang for money – that would be, um…, dough or bread. Money is now apparently paper. And as for drugs, well, that’s apparently food. Which, if nothing else, brings us back to bread, I suppose.
But I can guess what you’re going to ask. Where would that gritty ‘crooks and drugs’ film, Layer Cake, fit in with all this?