BBC confirm Joe Lycett is new host of The Great British Sewing Bee

Hit series The Great British Sewing Bee will return to BBC Two next year with new host, award-winning British comedian Joe Lycett.

Over eight weeks amateur sewers will be put to the test and take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain's best home sewer, and face resident expert judges - Patrick Grant and Esme Young.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, says: "I am 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, Love Productions, says: “We are all thrilled 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 when he joins judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young in the Sewing Bee haberdashery for a brand new series.”

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Joe Lycett says: "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.”

Claudia Winkleman says: “I’m so sad I can’t be part of Sewing this year but know Joe will adore it. I wish the whole fantastic team so much luck.”