The Great British Sewing Bee is proving to be a must-see show for those who like their entertainment on the genteel side.
Like its sister programme, the Great British Bake-Off, its success relies on the chemistry and camaraderie between the contestants and the humour of the host – in this case, Claudia Winkleman.
In last night’s episode, or week four, the seven remaining contestants had to tackle children’s clothing - the first being a pair of dungarees.
It was David - the last man standing (or sitting in his case, owing to an injury) – who won top place with his robust offering. He was also the only person with the sufficient strength to help the others fix the necessary poppers to their garments!
The second challenge was to make a fancy dress outfit from a tracksuit and a pillow case in only one and a half hours.
Cerina’s ingenious pirate outfit impressed judges May Martin and Savile Row's Patrick Grant. But it wasn’t enough to save her from eventual elimination after the third and final round to make a prom dress.
Competitors were in for a surprise when they discovered that their models for this category were in fact their daughters, nieces or friends. Whether this helped or hindered the situation I'm not sure, but it seemed to lead to a lot of tears.
In the end, and after seven hours of hard work, it was Lynda who emerged the eventual winner this week with a fine creation fit for any prom princess.
Who will be crowned Britain's best amateur sewer is anyone's guess but my money's on Lynda - or Tamara, or Heather!