The Great British Sewing Bee is returning to our screens this week for three celebrity specials in aid of BBC Children in Need. Stars will join judges May Martin and Patrick Grant to put their sewing skills to the test…
Budding celebrity sewers have taken part in three new special episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee, which will be aired on BBC Two this week ahead of the Children in Need Appeal Show on Friday 14th November. Each hour-long show will be overseen by a celebrity guest host, and four celebrity contestants will take their places at the sewing machines to impress Patrick and May.
Following the shows, selected items made by the celebrities will be auctioned on the BBC Children in Need eBay site, with 100% of the profits from the auctions going to BBC Children in Need. Read on to find out who will feature in each episode:
Jenny Eclair takes hosting duties for the first show, overseeing four celebrity contestants. The A-line skirt pattern challenge proves to almost be the undoing of chef and Hairy Biker Dave Myers as he creates more of a hip than a waistband, DJ and radio presenter Edith Bowman transforms a gaudy Hawaiian shirt into a child’s garment even Patrick Grant would wear, Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Dawn Harper proves she can sew with surgical precision across the challenges, despite her shaking hands, and Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters puts her upholstery sewing skills to the test on a 1950s recreation dress made against the clock.
Sara Cox steps in as guest host for the second episode. Actress Pam Ferris dusts off her 40-year-old sewing box and skills to see if she can still cut it behind the machine – producing a Peter Pan-inspired skirt fit for a fashionista. TV presenter Gaby Roslin immerses herself fully into the world of fabric, creating some very sparkly results in the pyjama pattern challenge, while Louie Spence goes back to his roots in a flurry of tiered lycra. Sewing novice and comedian Mark Watson gets totally out of his comfort zone as he pins, cuts and sews his way from disaster to disaster.
Anita Rani completes the hosting line-up in the final celebrity special. Radio DJ Gemma Cairney has a run-in with the overlocker while trying to perfect a T-shirt in the pattern challenge. Journalist and author Kathryn Flett reconnects with her ’80s fashion editor self to create an alteration that Kate Moss would be proud of. Knitting fan and Overtones lead singer Timmy Matley borrows tips from his aunties in Cork to help him perfect a Michael Jackson-inspired jacket and comedian Helen Lederer brings her own style to the competition with everything from sequins to netting and even a coffee stain.
All of The Great British Sewing Bee celebrity specials will be aired at 8pm on BBC Two. Visit the BBC Children in Need website to find out more and to make a donation.