There are parallels to the Great British Bake Off in Blown Away, and the strongest of these parallels are in the medium, rather than the structure of the competition.
Molten glass, like cake batter, is in a constant state of flux. You can influence it, you can work with it, but you can never really control it in the same way you can with, say, metal or wood.
It doesn’t stay still, so once you’ve begun the process of creation, you’re thrust into a stream of work that it’s hard to stop or pause, until you’ve gone all the way through to a finished product in the annealer.
Blown Away is an entertaining watch in its own right, and we enjoyed getting an insight into the process of glass-making, but we would have preferred a slightly safer competition, where makers were eliminated on the results of two or three makes, rather than having just a single chance
Verdict: 9 out of 10
Great entertainment and some truly impressive builds