The Great British Sewing Bee Season 5 Venue - Tanner Street - exterior
The Great British Sewing Bee Season 5 Venue - Tanner Street - exterior BBC

The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Five

The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Five - Interior
Tanner Street Venue - Interior

In the fifth season of The Great British Sewing Bee, 2019, Joe Lycett hosts and Savile Row's Patrick Grant (who played U21 rugby, went to boarding school in county Durham and has studied material science) and fashion designer Esme Young of Central Saint Martins, judge the contestants.

Historical details were provided by fashion historian Amber Butchart, Paul Gorman, Meredith More of the V&A, Martin Pel of Brighton Museum, textiles historian Valerie Wilson

The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Five

Season 5 of the BBC reality television series, The Great British Sewing Bee, was filmed in 2019 in a former tannery, 47-49 Tanner Street, London, SE1 3PL, which once supplied clothing manufacturers across Britain and the British Empire.

The contestants take refreshments at Pique Nique close to the main filming venue.

The challenges included sewing a Wiggle Dress, introduced by Dior in 1954, a child's hoody, flared jeans, a swimsuit, a pussy-bow blouse from recycled clothes, a linen worker's jacket using a Patrick Grant pattern, Indian Dhoti pants and a waistcoat.

The contestants in The Great British Sewing Bee Season Five were:

  • Alexei - Alexei Winter, an aerospace engineer, living in Leeds, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, whose aunt was the first woman to fly a single-engine plane around the world.
  • Ben - Ben Moore, a PhD student in veterinary stem cell research, living in Edinburgh, with a love of trapeze.
  • Janet - Janet Poole, a 70 year old grandmother of four, a retired boutique owner, magistrate and sailor from North Yorkshire who has sewn since the age of 9.
  • Jen - Jen Hogg, a former lawyer who lives in Glasgow and in addition to sewing also explores silversmithing and stained glass making.
  • Juliet - Juliet Uzor, a primary school teacher from Penge, south London, apparently obsessed with sewing scissors!
  • Leah - Leah Nicholls, manages an architects' firm in central London, who started sewing to make clothes to fit her 5'2" body.
  • Mercedes - Mercedes Ferrari-Plumridge, a former bomb disposal officer with the British Army Reserve, who lives in East Sussex.
  • Riccardo - Riccardo Guido, an Italian, a digital content producer who moved to London in 2013 who plays beach volleyball.
  • Sheila - Sheila Hall, a social services worker living in Essex.
  • Tom - Tom Holmes, from Chelmsford, who started sewing at 19.
The Great British Sewing Bee Season 5 Venue - Tanner Street - exterior
The Great British Sewing Bee Season 5 Venue - Tanner Street - exterior
Tanner Street Interior - The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Five
Tanner Street Interior - The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Five
The Great British Sewing Bee Season Five - Tanner Street rear exterior
The Great British Sewing Bee Season Five - Tanner Street rear exterior
Pique Nique - Modern French Restaurant
Pique Nique - Modern French Restaurant