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'Great British Sewing Bee' to air on BBC Two with Claudia Winkleman

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BBC Two has announced details of its new competition series The Great British Sewing Bee.

Similar to the channel's hugely popular Great British Bake Off, the show will aim to find Britain's best amateur sewing enthusiast.

Claudia Winkleman

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Claudia Winkleman



Claudia Winkleman will host the show, which will be broadcast in the spring.

The show's Facebook page reads: "The series will represent a version of the already successful series The Great British Bake Off and it will be broadcast in March-April 2013."

Eight sewing aficionados will take part in the contest over four weeks, with special challenges along the way.

Applicants were asked for their expertise in clothing, tailored items, accessories, home projects, embroidery/appliqué, quilting and customising.

One contestant posted on Facebook: "We were filmed at Rotherwick village hall [in Hampshire] recreating a wartime make do and mend WVS session."

Women's Institute member May Martin and Savile Row designer Patrick Grant will take on the judging roles made famous by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

The Great British Bake Off embargoed until 14/09/12

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The Great British Bake Off



Winkleman said of the project: "It might not be the next craze and nobody might watch it but I'm proud to be involved in it.

''Before Bake Off I went to Tesco and bought cakes but now I can make my own - now I feel the same way about my kids' clothes and me.

"I made little navy roundneck cut-off tops that look amazing and you would trawl Bond Street for and spend a fortune on - and they fit so beautifully."

A BBC source told the Radio Times: "We had such success with The Great British Bake Off that we wanted to see just how creative Britain could be. We feel that sewing could become the new national pastime."

The Great British Bake Off will return for a fourth series in the autumn, while Winkleman took part in a Comic Relief special last month.

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