The Great British Sewing Bee: the Twitter reaction

Are buttons and zips the new fondant fancies? How do Patrick Grant and May Martin compare to Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry? Will "a bit of pork" be the new soggy bottom? Here's what you thought of last night's #GBSB

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Last night saw the start of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee as eight eager eyed contestants arrived in East London to sew and stitch their way to victory. But whether it’s the start of a nationwide obsession with sewing remains to be seen…

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Some of you were just sew, sorry so, excited for the start of the new crafty series from the makers of The Great British Bake Off, but for some Twitter users the lack of edible goods just proved too baffling…

Other brighter sparks embraced the new format and took to social media to proclaim that it was time to forget #GBBO and embrace #GBSB…


Really there was little need to choose between them… Asides from swapping chiffon sponges for actual chiffon, the programme was almost identical. Claudia Winkleman took over the reins from Mel and Sue and though some people lamented the lack of the comedy duo’s special style of banter, others were more than pleased with Winkleman’s presenting skills:

When it came to the judges, BBC2 had drafted in one WI friendly lady and a swankily dressed Savile Row type clearly picked to try and mirror our beloved Berry and Hollywood… But do they cut the mustard?

Well, according to some of you, no:

It seems master sewer May Martin is more stern home economics teacher than the twinkly jazzy-jacket wearing aunty we’ve grown to know and love.

Some of you, though, were smitten with the new BBC2 hosts, especially Patrick Grant, who plenty of tweeters were quick to name as their new telly crush…

When it came to the judge’s criticism, some viewers were more interested in the contestant’s sartorial choices than their skilled needlework while others revelled in Grant’s quick tongued critique…

As the episode continued, fans missing Mel and Sue’s GBBO brand of inuendo might have been sated by Claudia Winkleman’s nipple reference…

But what Bake Off fans were really after was a replacement for Mary Berry’s soggy bottom… The big question: could puckering, raw edges or “bit of pork” step up to the plate?

If you ask us, the pork references have real potential. Even dreamy judge Patrick Grant himself noted a lot of pork related activity on his own Twitter feed…

Snigger.

So, in conclusion, for some, GBSB turned out to be the bee’s knees:

And was even something of an inspiration for sewing virgins and craft novices who were tempted to get their pin cushions out…


But for others, the Sewing Bee just didn’t push the right buttons.

And left viewers dreaming of Mary Berry’s sponges and Paul Hollywood’s buns…

It seems the jury is still out…

The Great British Spelling Bee continues on Tuesday at 8:00pm on BBC2


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