The Sewers of Paris

Revealing stories about the books, movies, tv, music and more that have changed the lives of gay men. Each week, a guest plucks a piece of entertainment from their past, and answers the question: how did it change your life?


episode 310: The Nicest Debt Collector Around (Ep. 310 - Great British Bake Off)

We’re getting close to Thanksgiving, and what better way to celebrate that than with good food, feeling of thanks, and a guest who does not actually observe the holiday at all. This week we’re diving into the Sewers of Paris archives for my 2016 conversation with Great British Bakeoff Winner Edd Kimber, who found his life forever changed when he won the first season of the cooking competition. Edd was a shy, unhappy banker when his cakes, cookies, and pies catapulted him to national fame, a life-changing time in his life for which he remains eternally thankful. 

We’ll have that in a minute. First a quick thanks to everyone who supports The Sewers of Paris on Patreon — including this week’s newest members, Sam, Bruce, and Rowan. If you’re enjoying the podcast, head over to and click “support the show on patreon” to join the folks who make the show possible, and check out rewards for backers like gifts in the mail, patron-exclusive podcast episodes, and more.

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And if you like hearing about queer entertainment, check out my YouTube videos for dozens of deep dives into the LGBTQ moments on TV and film that changed the world. I just posted a brand new video about the first married gay couple on TV way back in the 1970s and why nobody remembers them. There’s a link in the description.


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