Bake, Sew, Throw: Why Crafts Make Compelling Television


Story by Tom Smith in The Conversation.

It looks safe to say that the biggest British TV moment of 2015 will have been the final episode of The Great British Bake Off. More than 13 million tuned in to watch Nadiya Hussain’s tear-jerking victory speech – and she made headlines all over the world.

Twee and kitsch Bake Off may be, filmed as it is from a marquee in the grounds of a posh country house with bunting fluttering around the contestants, but there’s no doubt that its appeal transcends age and gender.

Another such show climaxed at the start of December on BBC Two, with a tad fewer viewers. Four amateurs vied to be crowned Top Potter in The Great Pottery Throw Down, or at least make judge Keith Brymer Jones cry with joy (as he has managed at least once per episode, to the bewilderment of all).


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