Award-winning comedian Joe Lycett will take over presenting duties from CClaudia Winkleman for the hit programme.
The new host said: “My mum loves this show, and she’s bursting at the seams she’s sew excited! Weave talked about it and she says I’m tailormade and I’ll have the contestants in stitches.”
Claudia said: “I’m so sad I can’t be part of Sewing Bee this year but know Joe will adore it. I wish the whole fantastic team so much luck.”
Over eight weeks amateur sewers will take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain’s best home sewer, and face resident expert judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young.
The series was commissioned by BBC Two controller Patrick Holland and BBC head of popular factual David Brindley, and produced by Love Productions.
Patrick commented: “I’m delighted that Sewing Bee will be returning with Joe Lycett. The series is brilliant TV, filled with great craft, passionate creators and a big dash of mischief. Whilst sad that Claudia wasn’t able to do the series, I’d like to thank her for being such a fantastic host and welcome the hugely talented Joe. It promises to be a lot of fun.”
Richard McKerrow, chief creative officer of Love Productions, added: “We’re all thrilled that ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ will be back on BBC Two and excited to welcome Joe Lycett as the new host. His warmth and wit will undoubtedly delight our amateur sewers and the audience.”
New host Joe Lycett