The Change.Org petition which was launched following RadioTimes.com’s revelation that the future of the show was in jeopardy, said it is aiming to “convince the BBC that this brilliant show should be recommissioned”.
Earlier this month we revealed that the show looks unlikely to return with BBC executives thought to be keen to make a clean break from the “Great British…” franchise after the independent production company Love Productions decided to sell the next series of The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4.
Although the decision over Sewing Bee has not yet been formally rubber-stamped, neither Love nor the BBC have been able to give clarity on the future of the show with both parties continuing to maintain that a decision has not yet been reached. Question marks also remain over The Great Pottery Throwdown and Bake Off spin-off Crème de la Crème which features professional pastry chefs.
So far four series of The Great British Sewing Bee have aired. The last run aired last summer and saw north Londoner Charlotte Newland crowned champion. Auditions for contestants to appear on the 2016 series were held the previous September.
Love sources have confirmed that no Sewing Bee auditions have so far been held for a series in 2017.
When asked about the future of the show at the Radio Times Covers Party in January, presenter Claudia Winkleman – who works with judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young – said: “I would love to see it back I just…don’t know. I can’t speak about it. Something bad will happen.”
Asked if it could move to another channel, she said: “I don’t know the answer to any of those questions. I am only employed because I am obedient. I will turn up, paint myself bright orange and read out loud. I don’t know.”
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.