Sewing needles at the ready! BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee is back for a fifth series after a three-year hiatus — and it’s got a brand-new host who seems (ahem) tailor made for the show…
Here’s everything you need to know about the return of The Great British Sewing Bee.
When is The Great British Sewing Bee back on TV?
Series five starts on Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 9pm on BBC2 and continues weekly.
Is there a trailer for The Great British Sewing Bee?
You better bee-lieve it — here you go.
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) January 16, 2019
What’s The Great British Sewing Bee about?
The clue’s in the title — think The Great British Bake Off, but instead of mastering the art of puff pastry, contestants must perfect their pintuck.
In the show, ten talented amateur sewers compete to be named “Britain’s best home sewer”, completing a series of tasks set by the show’s two judges, Patrick Grant and Esme Young.
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)…
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) April 21, 2018
Who are the new Sewing Bee contestants?
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.
— Sewing Bee (@sewingbee) February 5, 2019
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.
Met the #SEWSQUAD for the first time at my show last night. @paddygrant and Esme are a riot! Can’t wait to get working with them on @sewingbee ????????????????????✂️???????? pic.twitter.com/BWUJIXGxP2
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) June 10, 2018