Taking over the reigns from Strictly’s Claudia Winkleman, comedian Joe Lycett — who hails from the “quite posh” bit of Birmingham — is a panel show regular, appearing on shows like 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and QI. You might also recognise him as the announcer on BBC1 game show Epic Win.
Lycett also seems to have some serious punning game, releasing the following statement announcing his Sewing Bee role: “My mum loves this show and she’s bursting at the seams she’s sew excited! Weave talked about it and she says I’m tailor made and I’ll have the contestants in stitches.”
Looks like he’s also recently been attempting some new-found sewing skills (‘attempting’ being the operative word here)…
Ten new hopefuls are entering the sewing room for series five. Left to right (either side of presenter Joe Lycett and returning judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant), they are Sheila, Jen, Mercedes, Alexei, Riccardo, Tom, Janet, Ben, Leah and Juliet. Find out more about them all here.
Who are the judges in The Great British Sewing Bee?
Esme Young is a senior lecturer on the prestigious fashion course at London’s Central St Martin’s College, and also is a costume designer for films from Trainspotting to Bridget Jones’s Diary (yes, she’s responsible for Renée Zellweger’s bunny outfit).
Patrick Grant is Creative Director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and menswear line, E Tautz — he’s also won various awards for his craftsmanship.