When is Great British Sewing Bee on TV – and who is host Sara Pascoe?


Sara Pascoe will welcome the new season with the return of judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young

The Great British Sewing Bee sees 12 amateur sewers take on crafty fashion challenges as they compete to be named Britain’s best home sewers.

In the first episode of the new season, contestants will have to create a capsule wardrobe, including a mini skirt, a going out top and a fitted wrap dress.

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Who is the host Sara Pascoe?

Sara previously participated as a contestant in the 2020 Celebrity Christmas Special and hosted the special the following year.

She is a comedian and stand-up actress known for her appearances on panel shows Mock the Week, Taskmaster, and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.

Her acting roles include a highly fictionalized version of herself in the sitcom Out of Her Mind and Coco Lomax in the W1A mockumentary series.

Sara will take over from Joe Lycett to host the series

Who are the competitors?

  • Angela – a Lancashire-based NHS health visitor and school nurse with 50 years of sewing experience to her name.
  • Annie – from Surrey is a buyer for a high street fashion label and was inspired to sew by her grandmother.
  • Brogan – a Spanish and French teacher from Edinburgh who started sewing after watching the first season of The Great British Sewing Bee.
  • Chichi – a London-based research analyst from Zimbabwe, she is also an upcycling enthusiast.
  • Cristian – originally from Romania and now manager of a department store in London, he learned to sew by watching his mother.
12 candidates will compete to be Britain’s best house sewer
  • Debra – from Anglesey, started sewing at the age of nine and was inspired by high-end designers such as Gucci and Chanel.
  • Gill – working as a public health intelligence analyst, in her spare time she sews clothes for her whole family.
  • Man Yee – Originally from Hong Kong and now living in London, she learned to sew so she could make herself a Comic-Con costume.
  • Marni – a member of the Maliseet tribe of the Canadian First Nations and now living in Devon, she has been sewing for over 30 years.
  • Mitch – who runs a university theater in Cumbria, is a self-taught fashion designer who learned the craft from books and online videos.
  • Richy – a professional baker and makes historical clothing as a hobby.
  • Steve – a running coach from Newcastle, he started sewing during lockdown and spends hours every day on his hobby.

Who are the judges of The Great British Sewing Bee?

Esme and Patrick are back to judge the competition

Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young both return for another stint critiquing the contestants’ designs.

Esme is a Bedfordshire fashion designer with 50 years of experience under her belt.

She started sewing when she was just seven years old and during her professional career worked as a costume designer for films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Beach.

She first joined the show as a judge for the fourth season and has been a staple on Sewing Bee ever since.

Patrick, who has been a judge since the show’s first season, is a Scottish fashion designer and runs several tailors as well as textile manufacturer Cookson & Clegg.

He has been co-chairman of the Prince of Wales’ charity Future Textiles since 2018 – the organization aims to address the skills gap in the UK textile industry.

Where was the Great British Sewing Bee filmed?

The eighth season of the competition was filmed at Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Leeds.

Filming for the first seven seasons took place at a studio in London’s Metropolitan Wharf.

The studio moved to Leeds for the 2021 Christmas specials and remained there through season eight.

When is The Great British Sewing Bee season 8 release date?

The new season will air on BBC One on April 27 at 8 p.m. with episodes airing at the same time each week.

Episodes will be available for viewing on BBC iPlayer shortly after they first air.


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