Bake Off be warned, there’s a new innuendo powerhouse in the schedules: The Great Pottery Throw Down.
The BBC2 show’s post-watershed airtime didn’t originally tally. It’s a show where a bunch of potters make things out of clay and are judged for their efforts. Why the 9pm slot? But it suddenly made a whole lot more sense as host Sara Cox and judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones got down to the business of talking ‘great cracks’, ‘undulating bottoms’ and ‘slapping’. And when the clay-covered contestants started to ‘pull handles’ and frantically ‘throw off the hump’, well, it was enough to make my teacups blush.
The ‘Carry on Potting’ nature of the show didn’t go unnoticed by viewers…
Subtle? Not on your nelly
— Amanda Holloway (@Holloway_Amanda) November 3, 2015
Well, someone had to mention Ghost…
The innuendo in The Great #potterythrowdown is filthier than Demi Moore's nails during that scene in Ghost.
— Toby Earle (@TobyonTV) November 3, 2015
When they started pulling handles (we’ll leave you to imagine how that looked), it was all anyone could do to keep a straight face
Everything looks like naughty bits, now. Every. Thing. #potterythrowdown
— Emily (@OtherPens) November 3, 2015
#potterythrowdown pulling handles! Stop it!
— Debbie Bedbrook (@cakequeen) November 3, 2015
Dirty laugh alert. Pulling handles #potterythrowdown
— Trish Walsh (@trishw78) November 3, 2015
I'm not sure I can cope with this handle making #potterythrowdown it's far too rude.
— Martin Gallagher-M.. (@Martinjames1983) November 3, 2015
Cracks are the new ‘soggy bottoms’
— Rachel Marshall (@rach_marshall_) November 3, 2015
More Sara Cox love than ever after Pottery Throwdown. "Matthew's bowl still has a crack problem" #potterythrowdown
— Gareth King (@_garethking) November 4, 2015
One viewer is pretty sure there’s a hidden agenda to all of the innuendos
— monica wallace (@monicawallace82) November 3, 2015
No pots please, we’re British…
So many sex references on the #potterythrowdown. My Britishness is embarrassed.
— Ruth Davison (@struthdavison) November 3, 2015
— Jane Arthern (@Foodiejane) November 3, 2015
But tat was just week one. Some viewers are already excited about what’s to come…
I really can't wait for jug week….. "If you'd like to bring your jugs to the front please…" #potterythrowdown
— Alex S (@TheExeterAlex) November 3, 2015
The Great Pottery Throw Down Tuesdays at 9:00pm on BBC2