BBC2 boss opens up about Great British Knit Off suggestion

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The Great British Bake Off has been a phenomenal TV success story in recent years, uniting the whole country in their love of scones and cakes and encouraging more people to try their luck in the kitchen.

Following on from this the BBC brought out Sewing Bee, which focused on various challenges which contestants had to complete using needles, thread and material.

This was a surprise success, according to BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow, who this week discussed the possibility of making a similar programme featuring knitting and crocheting instead.

Speaking in an interview at the Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival, she explained that there has been much talk about other similar formats, how they would work and whether they could be as well received as their predecessors.

Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman asked her about the Great British Bake Off, which averaged more than 5.5 million viewers – pulling in an impressive seven million for the final of the last series.

It has since started up again on our screens and it appears that this season is going to be as popular as ever.

Ms Hadlow revealed that following the Sewing Bee and its phenomenal reception among the British public she has been inundated with handicraft ideas for new shows.

She explained: “We got a lot of proposals for knitting. People saying, ‘sewing works so let’s find another handicraft’. It is best to think what did we learn from Sewing Bee, not how we do it with crochet.”

While rather tight-lipped about the prospect of a crafty TV show featuring knitting patterns and exciting yarns, it would certainly make an exciting prospect, pitting knitters against one another to come up with intricate and dynamic designs.

With knitting enjoying such a boom at present now could be a great time to release such a programme and help to spread the appreciation of the craft to new generations and across the UK.

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