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The Great Pottery Throw Down

  • Season 2017
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Lifestyle

Episode 1: The Great Pottery Throw Down


Sara Cox invites 10 home pottery enthusiasts to gather in Stoke-on-Trent for the second series of the competition to find a champion of British pottery. They will be judged on their craft skills and creativity by ceramic artist Kate Malone and master potter Keith Brymer Jones - and things get under way with a challenge to produce a 16-piece dinner set. After this they must decorate a pair of jugs and then demonstrate their prowess at the wheel by throwing the tallest cone they can in 15 minutes.


I like The Great Pottery Throw Down, it’s comfortable and kind, and now that its parent, The Great British Bake Off, has fled to Channel 4, it might secure more BBC viewers’ hearts.

As we return to Stoke-on-Trent there are ten new hopeful amateur potters, jolly ring-mistress Sara Cox, who’s on hand with love and attention, and judges Kate Malone and Keith “Stop Your Sobbing” Brymer Jones.

The latter lives up to his reputation for lachrymosity by blubbing over someone’s cone (I can’t explain). One contestant even goes so far as to say, “My main aim is to make Keith cry.” It’s not difficult.

There’s an exciting special guest, the goddess of spongeware herself, and patron saint of middle-class kitchens throughout the land, the almighty Emma Bridgewater, who’s on hand to judge a challenge. But the big test for the potters is to make a 16-piece dinner set.





PresenterSara Cox
JudgeKate Malone
JudgeKeith Brymer Jones
UnknownEmma Bridgewater
UnknownSarah Thomson-Woolley
UnknownElliott Gerner
UnknownTim van Someren

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