Lego Masters (British TV series)

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Lego Masters
Lego Masters.jpg
Presented byMelvin Odoom
Judges
  • Matthew Ashton
  • Roma Agrawal (S1)
  • Fran Scott (S2)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Production companyTuesday's Child
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release24 August 2017 (2017-08-24) –
11 December 2018 (2018-12-11)
External links
Website

Lego Masters is a British reality show in which teams compete to build the best Lego project. It is hosted by Melvin Odoom and judged by Lego designer Matthew Ashton and structural engineer Roma Agrawal (series one) and Fran Scott (series two).[1][2] Lego Masters premiered on Channel 4 on 24 August 2017.[3][4] The programme is produced by Tuesday's Child.

The series has received strong reviews and positive comparisons to The Great British Bake Off.[5]

Series details[edit]

Series 1 (2017)[edit]

The first series aired on Channel 4 on 24 August 2017 and ended on 14 September 2017. This four-part series of Lego Masters commenced with auditions for 48 teams from across the UK and Ireland. They were whittled down to just eight pairs who battled in the Build Room to stay in the competition. The series was won by Nate & Steve who won the brick trophy and got to display their work at the then new Lego Museum in Billund, Denmark. During the finals it was decided that runner-up father and son duo Nicolas and Kobe would also have their work exhibited at the museum.[6][7][8]

LEGO Masters series 1 (2017) - Teams
Team Ages Relationship Status
Nate & Steve 29 & 42 colleagues Winners
Nicholas & Kobe 40 & 12 father and son Runners-up
James & Jamil 21 & 21 fellow students Third Place
Guy & Abraham 9 & 9 friends Eliminated in episode 3
Jessica & Faolán 47 & 13 mother and son Eliminated in episode 3
Daniel & Jack 38 & 11 uncle and nephew Eliminated in episode 2
Arthur & Jonathan 12 & 11 friends Eliminated in episode 1
Michaela & Jade 17 & 24 cousins Eliminated in episode 1
LEGO Masters series 1 (2017) - Episodes
Episode Title Date
1 “Brick Feast” 24 Aug. 2017
The competition begins with the auditions: 48 pairs of builders are whittled down to just 8 via a series of challenges including making a brick banquet. Lego Senior Designer Justin Ramsden[9] is the judge during the auditions.[10]
The first challenge of the 8 teams was constructing a chair that could take an adult’s weight as well as a complementary banquet. Structural engineer Roma Agrawal is the guest judge.[10]
2 “Movement” 31 Aug. 2017
Television presenter Richard Osman[11] and mechanical engineer Dr. Shini Somara [12] were the celebrity guest judges. The remaining teams compete in two challenges on the theme of movement.
The first task saw the builders challenged to construct a vehicle without the opportunity to plan with a surprise twist which meant that the teams had to mash up two different modes of transport.
The main task, that the teams had been able to plan for, was to construct a fairground with functioning rides.
3 “Nature” 7 Sep. 2017
Joining the judges are comedian Bill Bailey[11] and Lego-artist Sean Kenney[13] The remaining five teams compete to build the best nature display.
The first unplanned build challenge saw the pairs required to build as many creatures as possible, using just 15 pieces per organism.
The second challenge allowed for pre-planning, and had the LEGO builders constructing natural models that would be used to adorn a tree. The challenge was to integrate the models with the natural setting, pack the animals full of character and create a scene that is full of life.
4 “The Final” 14 Sep. 2017
The first challenge saw the three remaining pairs hear stories from children, which they had to interpret as a LEGO model. The children would both tell the stories and then judge the models.
The last build that the teams would work on could be anything at all, a masterpiece build that would showcase their talent. The judging panel consisted of Matthew Ashton, comedian Dara Ó Briain along with members of the public.[11][14][15]

Series 2 (2018)[edit]

The second series aired on Channel 4 on 6 November 2018 and ended on 4 December 2018. A Christmas special was broadcast on 11 December 2018. The series was won by Paul & Lewis.[16][17][18][19][20]

LEGO Masters series 2 (2018) - Teams
Team Ages Relationship Status
Paul & Lewis 48 & 17 father and son Winners
Stuart & Izzy 45 & 13 father and daughter Runners-up
Jayden & Kato 11 & 37 nephew and uncle Eliminated in episode 5
Chris & Joseph 28 & 20 brothers Eliminated in episode 5
Harry & Ollie 9 & 10 school friends Eliminated in episode 4
Catherine & Patrick 10 & 12 sister and brother Eliminated in episode 3
Nathan & Tom 34 & 18 new building buddies Eliminated in episode 2
Adam & Odette 38 & 36 husband and wife Eliminated in episode 1
LEGO Masters series 2 (2018) - Episodes
Episode Title Date
1 “Bridges and skyscraper” 6 Nov. 2018
Comedian Rob Beckett is the guest judge as the Lego building show returns. The audition stages are skipped and the episode goes straight into the Build Room.
In the unplanned challenge, each pairs of builders had to construct a metre-long stable bridge, that could then withstand a weighted RC model monster truck.
For the planned challenge, the ultimate collaborative build saw each duo construct a floor to a skyscraper, which were then stacked to create one large building.
2 “„Drop test” and historic scene” 13 Nov. 2018
Joining the judges is comedian Paddy McGuinness. For the first unplanned challenge host Melvin Odoom dropped each build of the 7 remaining teams one by one to see which model got smashed up the best.
For the main challenge, each team had planned a build that would be a fairly accurate representation of a historical moment, that incorporated movement.
3 “Animals and crazy golf course” 20 Nov. 2018
Comedian Chris Ramsey is the celebrity guest judge. The six teams are split in the unplanned challenge , with each builder individually tasked with constructing an animal. Six builders had to put together a land animal, the other six had to construct a sea animal. Each team then had to combine the two builds to concoct a hybrid animal.
The planned main challenge was to construct a life-size crazy golf course.
4 “Johnny Vegas bust and arcade machine” 27 Nov. 2018
Joining the judges is comedian Johnny Vegas. For the unplanned challenge, the teams were required to sculpt a bust based on Johnny Vegas.
In the planned challenge the teams had to come up with a functional arcade machine with only LEGO elements to work with.
5 “The Final” 4 Dec. 2018
In the penultimate round children described robo-pets to the four remaining teams, which they had to built into moving robo-pets using LEGO Boost,[a] which led to two pairs being eliminated.
The two remaining duos competed in the final Master Build challenge and were tasked with building something of their own choice; yet still needing to adhere to the criteria of technical skills, story-telling elements and overall aesthetic.
Christmas special “Celebrity LEGO Masters” 11 Dec. 2018
Six young builders from previous shows (series 1 and 2) team up with celebrities to do battle in a range of festive challenges in this Christmas Special of the build challenge. The duos were:[21][22][23]

International Adaptations[edit]

Since its conception, the series format has been sold internationally to multiple different countries including Denmark, Germany, Australia, United States, The Netherlands and Belgium, Sweden, Colombia, France, Chile & Poland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who are Lego Masters judges Matthew Ashton and Fran Scott?". Metro. 13 November 2018.
  2. ^ Minn, Hayley (24 August 2017). "Lego Masters is new TV show turning the toy into an intense competition". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 5 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Harrison, Phil (24 August 2017). "Thursday's best TV: Lego Masters, Top of the Lake: China Girl; Insecure". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Hogan, Michael (24 August 2017). "Lego Masters, episode one: an ingenious show but its construction is a little shaky - review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ O'Grady, Sean (4 December 2018). "Lego Masters is an unlikely contender for greatness". The Independent. Retrieved 5 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Radiotimes.com, Sep 15, 2017, Thomas Ling, “Channel 4 crowns first winners of Lego Masters”, visited Apr 16, 2020
  7. ^ Brickfanatics.com, LEGO Masters Series 1 Coverage, visited Apr 16, 2020
  8. ^ Brickfanz.com, Aug 24, 2017, Adam White, ”LEGO Masters – Meet the contestants” , visited Apr 16, 2020
  9. ^ IMDB, Justin Ramsden
  10. ^ a b IMDB, Lego Masters Episode #1.1
  11. ^ a b c CambridgeNews.co.uk, Cambridge University students James and Jamil through to next round of Lego Masters, visited 17 April 2020
  12. ^ IMDB, Lego Masters Episode #1.2
  13. ^ IMDB, Lego Masters Episode #1.3
  14. ^ IMDB, Lego Masters Episode #1.4
  15. ^ Lincolnshirelive.co.uk, Retford man wins Channel 4's Lego Masters with stunning build
  16. ^ Brickfanatics, Series 2 Coverage
  17. ^ Channel 4, LEGO Masters Series 2 – Meet the teams
  18. ^ Mirror.co.uk, 3 nov 2018, Christine Smith & Antonia Paget, “Lego Masters: Teen with rare bone disorder uses bricks to tell the story of his life for Channel 4 show”
  19. ^ Yorkshire Evening Post
  20. ^ Brickfanatics, LEGO MASTERS finalist interviews: Paul and Lewis
  21. ^ Radiotimes.com, Celebrity Lego Masters at Christmas
  22. ^ Realitytitbit.com, Meet the 6 celebs on the LEGO MASTERS Christmas Special!
  23. ^ Express.co.uk, 4 Dec. 2018, Neela Debnath, “LEGO MASTERS series 3: Will there be another series of LEGO MASTERS on Channel 4?”

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LEGO Boost is a line of robotics kits for kids aged around 7-12. It came out in 2017. The focus is on building and coding to create models that kids can play with. It contains motors and sensors, which can be controlled through a tablet app with simple, icon-based coding commands.
  2. ^ Each team wore Christmas jumpers with for each team a different Christmas themed design

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