The Great British Sewing Bee

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The Great British Sewing Bee
Genre Sewing
Presented by Claudia Winkleman
Judges May Martin
Patrick Grant
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 12 (as of 8 April 2014)
Production
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Producer(s) Susanne Rock
Location(s) Other Cafe and Gallery (2013)
Metropolitan Wharf (2014–)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Picture format 16:9
Original run 2 April 2013 (2013-04-02) – present
Chronology
Related shows The Great British Bake Off
External links
Website
Production website

The Great British Sewing Bee is a BBC Two television reality television programme in which amateur sewers compete to be named "Britain's best home sewer".[1] A spin-off of the format of The Great British Bake Off, the programme is presented by Claudia Winkleman and the first series ran for four episodes between 2 April and 23 April 2013.[2]

The judges are May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row's Patrick Grant. The first series was won by 81-year-old Ann Rowley, and the second by Heather Jacks.[3]

Following the success of the first series, it returned for an extended second series in 2014, consisting of eight episodes.[4] It will return for a third series in 2015.

Main series results[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

The first series of the The Great British Sewing Bee started on 12 April and aired for four episodes concluding on 23 April 2013. The series was hosted by Claudia Winkleman and the judges were May Martin and Patrick Grant of Saville Row.
The all-female final was won by Ann, with Sandra and Lauren as runners up.

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

A second series The Great British Sewing Bee began airing on 18 February 2014 on BBC Two. The series was filmed at Metropolitan Wharf, London, Claudia Winkleman as host alongside May Martin and Patrick Grant as the judges.
Once again it was an all-female final, which was won by Heather - with Chinelo and Tamara as the runners up.

The Great British Children in Need Sewing Bee[edit]

The Great British Children in Need Sewing Bee
Genre Sewing
Presented by Jenny Eclair
Sara Cox
Anita Rani
Judges May Martin
Patrick Grant
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Anna Beattie
Susanne Rock
Producer(s) Suzanne McGairl
Location(s) Metropolitan Wharf
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Love Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 21 October 2014 (2014-10-21) – 24 October 2014 (2014-10-24)
Chronology
Related shows The Great British Sewing Bee
External links
Website

The Great British Sewing Bee returned for three special episodes as 12 celebrities took to the sewing machines in a bid to raise money for Children in Need.[5]

     Winner

Episode 1[edit]

Sewer Pattern Challenge
(A Line Skirt)
Alteration Challenge
(Hawaiian Shirt)
Made-to-measure
(A Dress from their favourite era)
Presenter Originally Aired Viewers
Edith Bowman 2 Cape 2 1950s Flared Dress Jenny Eclair 21 October 2014 N/A
Dave Myers 4 Child's Dress 3 1960s A Line dress
Dawn Harper 1 Tunic Dress 4 1920s Flapper Dress
Wendi Peters 3 Sundress 1 1950s V-Neck Dress

Episode 2[edit]

Sewer Pattern Challenge
(Pyjama Bottoms)
Alteration Challenge
(Onesie-Animal Costume)
Made-to-measure
(Childhood Story Skirt)
Presenter Originally Aired Viewers
Gaby Roslin 3 Dinosaur 2 Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Sara Cox 23 October 2014 N/A
Louie Spence 2 Ladybird 3 Ra-ra Skirt
Mark Watson 4 Zebrafish The Emperor's New Clothes
Pam Ferris 1 Cockerel 1 London Skyline at Night

Episode 3[edit]

Sewer Pattern Challenge
(Jersey T-shirt)
Alteration Challenge
(Old Prom Dress)
Made-to-measure
(Child's Garment)
Presenter Originally Aired Viewers
Gemma Cairney 4 Covered Prom Dress 4 Silk Brocade Cape Anita Rani 24 October 2014 N/A
Helen Lederer 3 Camden Lock '84 3 Silk Party Dress
Kathryn Flett 2 Playsuit 2 Little Red Riding Hood Cloak
Timmy Matley 1 Gathered Skirt 1 Michael Jackson Pleather Jacket

Transmissions[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 2 April 2013 23 April 2013 4
Christmas 15 December 2013 1
2 18 February 2014 8 April 2014 8
Celebrity 21 October 2014 24 October 2014 3

Etymology[edit]

Historically the word bee has been used to describe a get-together where a specific action is being carried out, such as a husking bee, a quilting bee, or an apple bee. Its etymology is unclear, but the word possibly derives from the Old English word bēn, meaning prayer.[6]

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