Great British Sewing Bee: When is it back? Who is the presenter? Who are the judges?

Tailor-made entertainment for sewing enthusiasts is back on BBC Two after a three-year break with a brand new host

Needlework’s answer to The Great British Bake Off is returning to TV with a brand new host leading the contest.

It’s the return of The Great British Sewing Bee – here’s all you need to know.

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When is The Great British Sewing Bee back on TV?

The TV sewing contest returns for series five on Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm on BBC Two.

Contestants will have eight episodes to impress the judges, win the challenges, and be crowned champion of The Great British Sewing Bee.

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How does the contest work?

It’s been a while since we saw the TV contest, with the show having last graced our screens in 2016, so we could probably all do with patching up our knowledge.

We’ll see 10 contestants take to the sewing room where they’ll stitch their way through a series of challenges that begins with glitzing up a denim outfit.

Each episode features a challenge set by the judges and then ends with each sewer being tasked with making a made-to-measure outfit for a real-life model.

The knock-out competition sees one person sent home at the end of every episode, and the final will include some stunning handmade garments as the contestants pull out all the stops to make showstopping designs.

Who is the new presenter?

Claudia Winkleman has bowed out of the show after four series in charge of explaining challenges and jollying along stressed contestants.

The Great British Sewing Bee has a new host, and the programme’s makers have gone for comedian Joe Lycett to stitch some humour into proceedings.

Viewers may recognise him from appearances on shows such as Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and QI.

On his new role, he said: “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.”

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Who are the judges?

There are two super stitchers judging the sewers’ efforts – Esme Young and Patrick Grant.

Contestants have a lot to learn from Esme, who’s a senior lecturer on the fashion course at Central St Martin’s College in London and has served as costume designer on various films including The Beach, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and 28 Days Later.

She’s a relative newcomer to the show as this is only her second series, having made her debut in 2016.

Patrick Grant has been critiquing the creations since the very first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, so contestants should be familiar with how best to impress him.

No botched stitch will get past Patrick, as he’s a Savile Row tailor and creative director of company Norton & Sons.

The Great British Sewing Bee returns on Tuesday, February 12 at 9pm on BBC Two.

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