The Great British Sewing Bee gets a second series

The Great British Bake Off's crafty cousin will return for more drama and dressmaking in 2014

New craft competition The Great British Sewing Bee has been renewed for a second series.

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The four-part series, from the team behind Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry’s baking extravaganza The Great British Bake Off, saw eight sewing hopefuls put their hemming and zip-concealing skills on the line to be judged by WI teacher May Martin and Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant.

Millions tuned in to watch as the crafty contestants went against the clock to create hand tailored jackets, customised skirts and flamboyant ball gowns – and last night’s series one finale, which was watched by 2.7 million of us, saw 81-year-old grandmother Ann crowned Britain’s best amateur sewer.

BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: “I’m delighted that BBC2 viewers have taken this series to their hearts. It has proved that an ill-fitting zip or badly placed dart can make for compelling television in much the same way as a soggy bottom on Great British Bake Off and I can’t wait for the next series.”

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The series, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman, will return for a longer run of six episodes next year.