It’s been something of a rollercoaster week for us sewing fans – first came the exciting announcement that our beloved Great British Sewing Bee would be returning to screens soon (hurrah!). Then came the news that presenter Claudia Winkleman wouldn’t be returning with it (sob!).
Fear not, though, for comedian Joe Lycett will be stepping in to fill her shoes, and what he lacks in a shiny fringe and the perfect smoky eye he’s sure to make up for in patterned shirts and one-liners. Here are three reasons we reckon he’s perfect for The Great British Sewing Bee series 5.
Who is Joe Lycett?
He’s a popular UK comedian. Before he stepped up to host the Great British Sewing Bee he has hosted Live At the Apollo and starring in shows such as 8 of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Would I Lie to You? and Roast Battle. In fact he’s so popular he’s won awards and sold out three sell out UK and Ireland tours. So we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings to the Bee!
1. He’s a snappy dresser
A quick scroll through Joe’s Instagram leaves us in no doubt of his passion for, shall we say, unique fashion. Fur coats, jazzy shirts and gold lamé are just a few of his sartorial highlights, so out-there GBSB creations like skanklets and elephant costumes won’t phase him one bit.
Plus, anyone dedicated enough to match their shirt to their wallpaper is sure to appreciate GBSB’s amazing haberdashery, right?
We’re expecting good things from Joe’s flamboyant wardrobe in the new series.
2. He’s a pro at puns
With previous stand-up show titles as Some Lycett Hot and That’s The Way, A-ha, A-ha, Joe Lycett, it’s clear that Joe has some serious punning skills, so we can’t wait to see what sewing-related wordplay he comes up with this series.
In fact, he’s already been showing off his punning prowess with a statement announcing his new role: “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 tailor made and I’ll have the contestants in stitches.” Let’s just hope he hasn’t used up all his best sewing puns before the show even starts…
3. He’s got sewing skills (well, sort of)
We all had to begin our sewing journey somewhere, and in Joe’s case it was with this rather fetching, erm, pair of trousers, sewn together with an actually-not-too-bad running stitch.
Even Patrick Grant was impressed, calling his creation “a thing of wonder” – we have a feeling he might not be quite so forgiving when it comes to judging the new contestant’s efforts, though.
— Joe Lycett (@joelycett) April 21, 2018
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