Sara Pascoe to host The Great British Sewing Bee as Joe Lycett steps down


Sara Pascoe is to take over hosting duties on The Great British Sewing Bee.

The comedian – and former celebrity contestant on the show’s Christmas special – will replace Joe Lycett who is stepping down after three series.

Sara will host the two Christmas specials in December 2021 before the next main series in 2022.

Sara said: “It’s such an honour to get to be part of a show I love watching.

“I’m so inspired by creativity and skill and I am deeply in love with clothes so I can’t think of a happier place to be.”

Joe added: “I am absolutely thrilled my friend Sara Pascoe is the new host of The Great British Sewing Bee.

“I loved the three series I did, but I can’t wait to see how she makes the haberdashery her home.”

BBC’s director for factual, Patrick Holland commented: “I’m so delighted that Sara is taking over in the sewing room. As well as being one of our funniest comedians she’s passionate about the inspirational impact of this wonderful show.

“I’d like to thank Joe for his brilliant three years at the helm and look forward to working with him on future projects.”

Sara will join returning judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young on the show, which returns with two Christmas specials on 22 and 30 December at 8PM on BBC One.

The Great British Sewing Bee invites Britain’s most talented home sewers to compete in one of TV’s toughest creative challenges.

The series originally launched in 2013 on BBC Two, hosted by Claudia Winkleman.

After three-years off air, the series returned in 2019 first on BBC Two before moving to BBC One in 2020.