The Great Pottery Throw Down

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Series 2020

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Review

There was polite annoyance from fans when the BBC ditched The Great Pottery Throw Down after just two series. But More4 came to the rescue with a revival, although there’s a presenter change – Melanie Sykes replaces Sara Cox – and ceramicist Sue Pryke takes over as a judge from Kate Malone.

Lachrymose Keith “Stop Your Sobbing” Brymer Jones hasn’t gone anywhere, so we assume he’s packed his hankies to have a good old weep over any particular item that moves him. Twelve amateur potters arrive at the studio in Stoke-on-Trent where they must, for the first challenge, make a six-piece breakfast set, including a cafetiere.

This is puzzling to some: “Have you ever seen a ceramic cafetiere?” asks one nonplussed contestant. “I haven’t.” There’s plenty of innuendo about “lubrication” and “shrinkage”. So not that much has changed.

Summary

Melanie Sykes hosts as 12 amateur potters compete against one another, with judges Keith Brymer Jones and Sue Pryke asking the contenders to throw a breakfast set and then egg cups.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Melanie Sykes
Judge Keith Brymer Jones
Judge Sue Pryke
Executive Producer Richard McKerrow
Executive Producer Sarah Thomson-Woolley
Series Director Mark Drake
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