Co­me­dian Joe has got it all sewn up...

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IT’S been two years since we last saw con­tes­tants go­ing thread to thread in a nee­dle match on The Great Bri­tish Sewing Bee.

It had even been re­ported that the show would never been seen again on the BBC.

So, the good news is that a deal has been struck for a fifth se­ries.

The bad news is that Clau­dia Win­kle­man won’t be back as the pre­sen­ter.

What with a new cook­ery show plus Strictly Come Danc­ing, not to men­tion her Ra­dio 2 show, she was a bit tied up.

But the good news – stick with this – is that comic Joe Lycett has been signed to take her place.

Sewing Bee has been off air since 2016 when it be­came one of the ca­su­al­ties in the mas­sive fall-out be­tween mak­ers Love Pro­duc­tions and the BBC.

They fell out over Love’s big­gest show, The Great Bri­tish Bake Off, which went to Chan­nel 4 af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion and ru­mour.

C4 bosses paid an arm and a leg for it, but Love in­sisted it was noth­ing to do with the money (ahem) while the BBC were might­ily miffed to lose the show they had grown from tiny cup­cake to tow­er­ing gateaux.

But what about all the other shows Love makes for the BBC?

Af­ter a long-run­ning stale­mate in which the pro­duc­ers point-blank re­fused to meet with BBC bosses, talks even­tu­ally took place and a new deal has been struck for Sewing Bee, which drew a healthy 3.3 mil­lion view­ers for its last run.

The new se­ries, due to go into pro­duc­tion shortly, marks the first time Love has pro­duced a show for the BBC since Bake Off switched chan­nels with­out Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc or Sue Perkins on board.

Ce­ram­ics fans stand by your beds – a re­turn for The Great Pot­tery Throw Down must surely be next.

In­ter­est­ingly, Win­kle­man’s cook­ery show for BBC1, Britain’s Best Cook, fea­tures for­mer Bake Off fave Mary.

The Beeb will hope it fills the void left by her old show. We’ll see.

For now, let’s just say good luck to ev­ery­one con­cerned. It’s nice that you’re all friends again.

HOST Com­edy star Joe Lycett

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