The Great Pottery Throw Down

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The Great Pottery Throw Down
GenreReality
Presented bySiobhán McSweeney (Series 4-7)
Sara Cox (Series 1-2)
Melanie Sykes (Series 3)
Ellie Taylor (Series 4)
JudgesKeith Brymer Jones (Series 1-7)
Richard Miller Series 4-7
Kate Malone (Series 1-2)
Sue Pryke (Series 3)
Opening theme"I Can't Explain" by The Who (2015)
"Making Time" by The Creation (2017–)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6
No. of episodes55
Production
Production locationsMiddleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, England (2015–20)
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, England (2021–)
Running time60 minutes
Production companyLove Productions
Original release
NetworkBBC Two (2015–17)
More4 (2020)
Channel 4 (2021–)
Release3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) –
present (present)
Related
The Great British Sewing Bee
The Piano

The Great Pottery Throw Down is a British television competition programme that first aired on BBC Two from 3 November 2015 to 23 March 2017. It was then moved to More4 from 8 January to 11 March 2020, and has been broadcast by Channel 4 since 10 January 2021.

Format[edit]

In each episode, a group of amateur potters compete to complete two pottery challenges. In the "main make" challenge, contestants undertake a substantial multi-stage creative task: subject to given specifications, they must design a ceramic creation, build it from clay body, and decorate it, and present it to the judges for evaluation after it is fired in the kiln. In between stages of the main make, potters are given a "second challenge", a smaller-scale task testing a specific pottery skill, on which they are ranked from worst to best by the judges. At the end of each episode, the judges designate the best-performing contestant as "potter of the week". The contestant with the worst results is dismissed, and all others return for the following episode; the winner of the final episode is the overall winner of the series.

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Average UK viewers
(millions)
1 6 3 November 2015 8 December 2015 Matthew Wilcock 2.39
2 8 2 February 2017 23 March 2017 Ryan Barrett 3.34
3 10 8 January 2020 11 March 2020 Rosa Wiland Holmes TBA
4 10 10 January 2021 14 March 2021 Jodie Neale TBA
5 10 2 January 2022 6 March 2022 AJ Simpson TBA
6 10 8 January 2023 12 March 2023 Loïs Gunn TBA
7 10 7 January 2024 10 March 2024 TBA TBA

Series 1 (2015)[edit]

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

Series 3 (2020)[edit]

Series 4 (2021)[edit]

Series 5 (2022)[edit]

Series 6 (2023)[edit]

Series 7 (2024)[edit]

International broadcasts[edit]

In July 2020, HBO Max secured the rights to distribute the show in the United States, where it premiered on 17 September 2020. As of December 2023, HBO Max has not released season 6 (originally aired January 2023 in the UK with season 7 starting January 2024) and has made no mention of it being released in the future. Currently, HBO Max only indicates 5 seasons exist on their website.[1]

A Canadian version, The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down, is slated to premiere in 2024 on CBC Television.[2]

The Festive Pottery Throwdown[edit]

The Festive Pottery Throwdown is a series of one-off Christmas specials where celebrities participate instead of members of the public.

2022[edit]

Celebrity[3] Known for Result
Jenny Eclair Comedian
James Fleet Actor Winner
Jamie Laing Made in Chelsea
Sunetra Sarker Actress and TV presenter

2023[edit]

Celebrity Known for Result
Hugh Dennis Comedian and Actor Winner
Sophie Duker Stand-up comedian
Alice Levine Radio and TV presenter
Joe Swash Former EastEnders actor

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great Pottery Throw Down HBO Max Trailer". www.thewrap.com. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Seth Rogen, Jennifer Robertson join CBC's 'The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down'". Victoria Times-Colonist, 30 October 2023.
  3. ^ "The Great Festive Pottery Throw Down 2022 line-up: Meet the celebs taking part".

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