The Great Pottery Throw Down

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The Great Pottery Throw Down
The Great Pottery Throw Down Title Card.jpg
GenreReality
Game show
Presented bySara Cox
JudgesKate Malone
Keith Brymer Jones
Opening theme"I Can't Explain" by The Who (Series 1)
"Making Time" by The Creation (Series 2)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes14
Production
Production location(s)Middleport Pottery, Middleport, Staffordshire, England, UK
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Love Productions
DistributorBBC Worldwide
Release
Original networkBBC Two
Channel 4
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
External links
Website

The Great Pottery Throw Down is a television programme first broadcast on the BBC Two from 3 November 2015. It is a contest in the style of The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee but with the craft of pottery rather than baking or sewing.

The presenter is Sara Cox and the expert judges are Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones.[1][2] It was filmed in Middleport Pottery.[3]

Having been axed by the BBC in 2018, it has been confirmed that the show will return for a third series on Channel 4, with Brymer Jones continuing as a judge, and Melanie Sykes as new host.[4][5][6]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Average UK viewers
(millions)
1 6 3 November 2015 8 December 2015 Matthew 2.39
2 8 2 February 2017 23 March 2017 Ryan 3.34

Series 1 (2015)[edit]

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
James 31 Vet Bristol
Jane 40 Farmer's daughter North Wales
Jim 52 Part-time painter and decorator Bognor Regis
Joanna 42 Parish Councillor West Sussex
Matthew 23 Teacher Giggleswick
Nigel 52 Builder Bakewell
Rekha 49 Conceptual artist Buckinghamshire
Sally-Jo 33 Interior designer Petersfield
Sandra 52 Project Manager Leeds
Tom 41 Retired Army Major Gloucestershire

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4 5 6
Matthew BP Winner
Jim BP Finalist
Sally-Jo Finalist
Tom BP Finalist
Jane OUT
Sandra OUT
James OUT
Joanna LEFT
Nigel OUT
Rekha OUT

Colour key:

     Potter was eliminated
     Potter won Pot of the Week
     Potter walked from the series
     Potter got through to the next round
     Potter was one of the least favourite
     Potter was one of the favourites
     Potter was a series finalist
     Potter was the series winner

Episodes[edit]

     Potter was eliminated
     Potter walked from the series
     Top Potter
     Winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Stackable Kitchen Bowls Pulling Egg Cups
James N/A 6th 23
Jane 7th 28
Jim 2nd 32
Joanna 4th 18
Matthew 5th 28
Nigel 8th 23
Rekha 9th 19
Sally-Jo 3rd 31
Sandra 10th 20
Tom 1st 36

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Decorative Hand Basin Surface Design Tallest Cylinder
James N/A 9th 15cm
Jane 2nd 20cm
Jim 6th 19cm
Joanna 7th 17.5cm
Matthew 1st 22cm
Nigel 8th 13cm
Sally-Jo 5th 12cm
Sandra 3rd 18cm
Tom 4th 20cm

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Long-necked Vases Slip Decoration Ornate Candlestick Copies
James N/A 4th 6th
Jane 6th 5th
Jim 5th 3rd
Joanna
Matthew 3rd 1st
Sally-Jo 2nd 7th
Sandra 6th 4th
Tom 1st 1st

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Garden Sculpture Strawberry Pot Widest Plate
Jane N/A 5th 33cm
6th
Jim 1st 36cm
5th
Matthew 4th 36.5cm
1st
Sally-Jo 3rd 32cm
4th
Sandra 6th 34cm
3rd
Tom 2nd 35cm
2nd

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Bone China Chandelier Banding Closed Sphere
Jane N/A 2nd 4th
Jim 1st 1st
Matthew 5th 2nd
Sally-Jo 4th 5th
Tom 3rd 3rd

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
12-piece Porcelain Tea set The Devil's Work High-shouldered Jugs
Jim N/A 4th 4th
Matthew 2nd 2nd
Sally-Jo 1st 3rd
Tom 3rd 1st

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

The second series began on 2 February 2017 on BBC Two. Some episodes will have a guest judge, these will include Emma Bridgewater (episode 1) and Johnny Vegas (episode 7).[citation needed]

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
Cáit 31 Quaker Meeting House worker Reading
Carole 63 Pottery Teacher Hertfordshire
Clover 33 Accountant and Part-time Illustrator London
Daniel 55 Mortgage adviser Hampshire
Elaine 55 Banana import business owner Buckinghamshire
Freya 24 Student London
James 25 Tour guide in National Glass Centre Newcastle upon Tyne
Nam 27 Cage fighter and Kick boxer London
Richard 53 Pub landlord Banbury
Ryan 30 Model Ipswich

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4 5[a] 6 7 8
Ryan BP BP Winner
Clover BP Runner-up
Richard BP Runner-up
Freya BP OUT
Cáit OUT
Nam BP OUT
Elaine BP OUT
James OUT
Daniel OUT
Carole OUT

[a] Because the judges were unable to agree, no-one was eliminated this week. As a result, two potters were eliminated the following week.

Colour key:

     Potter was eliminated
     Potter won Pot of the Week
     Potter walked from the series
     Potter got through to the next round
     Potter was one of the least favourite
     Potter was one of the favourites
     Potter was a series finalist
     Potter was the series winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
16-Piece Dinner Set Sponge Decorating Tallest Cone
Cáit Art Print Dinner Set 7th 10th
Carole Lake Dinner Set 5th 9th
Clover Chinese Dinner Set 2nd 7th
Daniel Flower Dinner Set 10th 8th
Elaine Fruit Dinner Set 8th 2nd
Freya Floral Dinner Set 1st 5th
James Industrial Dinner Set 4th 4th
Nam Gaming Dinner Set 6th 6th
Richard Royalty Dinner Set 9th 3rd
Ryan Motif Dinner Set 3rd 1st

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Clock Pulling Handles Double-Walled Pot
Cáit Owl 6th 7th
Clover Tree of Life 8th 3rd
Daniel The Cog Clock 2nd 9th
Elaine Patchwork Clock 1st 8th
Freya Mother Time 4th 4th
James Urban Decay 9th 6th
Nam Time Flies 3rd 5th
Richard 17th Century Harvest Jug 7th 1st
Ryan Geometric Clock 5th 2nd

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Japanese Sake Set Lantern Carving Rice Bowls
Cáit The Bottle Kiln 8th 6
Clover Kyūdō 3rd 12
Elaine Buttons 2nd 8
Freya Simple Sake 4th 10
James Japanese Tattoo 1st 6
Nam Kung Fu Fighting 7th 13
Richard Sake Spout 6th 8
Ryan The Sake Trail 5th 11

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Water Feature 12 Roses Flower Pots
Cáit Homage to Reuben 1st 7th
Clover The Lotus Flower 2nd 4th
Elaine Brighton Pavilion 4th 2nd
Freya The Fruit Tree 3rd 1st
Nam Sea Creatures 5th 3rd
Richard Aztec Temple 7th 6th
Ryan Seven Discs 6th 5th

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Pit Fired Vase Hand-building Jugs Goblets
Cáit Water Pot Vase 1st 4
Clover Delicate Vase 3rd 6
Freya African Drum Vase 2nd 8
Nam Moon Jar 5th 8
Richard Contemporary Vase 6th 6
Ryan Round Belly Vase 4th 5

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Russian Dolls Sgraffito Widest Bowl Blindfolded
Cáit There Was An Old Lady 5th 3rd
Clover Eco Animals 1st 6th
Freya Talking Heads 6th 4th
Nam Lotus Pods 3rd 5th
Richard Organ Jars 4th 2nd
Ryan Fisherman's Tail 2nd 1st

Episode 7[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Toilet Original Piece 1-Minute Teapots
Clover Stained Glass Toilet 3rd 3rd
Freya Mother Nature Toilet 2nd 1st
Richard Victorian Meadow Toilet 4th 2nd
Ryan Turtle Toilet 1st 4th

Episode 8[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Porcelain Lights Torso Sculpting Japanese Lanterns
Clover The Honey Bee 3rd 2nd
Richard Autumn Fall 2nd 3rd
Ryan The Church Organ 1st 1st

Ratings[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Two
weekly ranking[7]
1 3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) 2,245,000 8
2 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10) 2,402,000 10
3 17 November 2015 (2015-11-17) 2,437,000 7
4 24 November 2015 (2015-11-24) 2,160,000 11
5 1 December 2015 (2015-12-01) 2,354,000 7
6 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 2,530,000 7

Series 2[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Two
weekly ranking[8]
1 2 February 2017 2,197,000 5
2 9 February 2017 2,387,000 5
3 16 February 2017 2,373,000 4
4 23 February 2017 2,578,000 3
5 2 March 2017 2,604,000 4
6 9 March 2017 2,576,000 4
7 16 March 2017 3,140,000 1
8 23 March 2017 3,340,000 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alastair McKay (6 November 2015), "Catch up TV: The Great British Pottery Throw Down", Evening Standard
  2. ^ Tim Dowling (11 November 2015), "The Great Pottery Throw Down review: if your pot doesn't make the judge cry, you aren't trying hard enough", The Guardian
  3. ^ Roberts, Sophie (16 March 2017). "Here's where The Great Pottery Throw Down filmed and how you can visit". The Sun. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ Methven, Nicola (20 July 2018). "The Great Pottery Throwdown has been axed by the BBC amidst 'sour grapes' rumour". mirror. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  5. ^ "The Great Pottery Throw Down | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. ^ Ault, Richard (22 May 2019). "The Great Pottery Throw Down is coming back (& you could be on the show)". stokesentinel. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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