Celebrity specials of Great British Sewing Bee

Budding celebrity sewers will do battle in three new special episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee. Each hour-long show will be overseen by a celebrity guest host, while four more
familiar faces will take their places at the sewing machines in a bid to impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin. The trio of episodes will air on BBC Two ahead of our
Appeal Show during November

In the first episode, broadcast on 21 October 8pm on BBC Two, Jenny Eclair takes hosting duties, overseeing Hairy Biker Dave Myers, DJ and presenter Edith Bowman, Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters, and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Dawn Harper. The judges set them three challenges including the transformation of a classic Hawaiian shirt into a child’s garment.

Sara Cox steps in as guest host for the second episode on 23 October, welcoming dance expert Louie Spence, comedian Mark Watson, television presenter Gaby Roslin and actress Pam Ferris as they pick up their needles to tackle challenges including designing a bespoke animal onesie.

Anita Rani completes the hosting line-up on 24 October and is joined by BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Cairney, comedian Helen Lederer, TV critic and author Kathryn Flett, and Overtones singer Timmy Matley. The challenges certainly get the celebrities thinking creatively, as they’re tasked with creating a junior garment inspired by their own favourite childhood memory.

Following the broadcasts, select items made by the contestants will be auctioned on the BBC Children in Need eBay site. From October, limited edition Pudsey Bear ironing board covers that feature on the show will also go on sale, priced £10 and available from the Pudsey Shop. 100 per cent of the profits from the auctions and the ironing board covers will benefit BBC Children in Need.

Speaking of the celebrity episodes, May Martin said: “It’s been great fun to judge these special episodes, especially to see the real mix of characters and abilities. We’ve covered a real variety, from the more competent sewer to the absolute novice – and I really do mean absolute!”

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