Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett

Date of birth: 30-11-1987

Joe Lycett's first gig was at the Comedy Store in Manchester in February 2008, and later that year was a finalist in the City Life North-West Comedian Of The Year.

The following year he won the Chortle Student Award and was runner-up in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year.

In 2010, he was named best newcomer in the Chortle Awards, and the following year he received his first TV break, as a regular panellist on Alexander Armstrong's primetime Saturday night BBC 1 show Epic Win.

He is now a regular on TV and radio, and in 2018 won the Chortle award for best TV comedian.

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Joe Lycett 'has Sewing Bee stitched up'

Comic tipped as next host of BBC craft competition

Joe Lycett is being lined up as the new presenter of The Great British Sewing Bee.

The programme is set to return to BBC Two for a fifth series later this year – but without previous host Claudia Winkelman.

Although the show has not yet formally been recommissioned, trade magazine Broadcast report that Lycett is to be her replacement.

The news comes as the comic – familiar to TV audiences from appearances on the likes of 8 Out Of 10 Cats Do Countdown – works on a pilot of a comedy consumer show Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back, for Channel 4.

The future of Sewing Bee had been in doubt as it is made by Love Productions, which fell out with the BBC when it took its monster hit The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4.

But relations between the production company and the broadcaster are said to have thawed to bring back the sewing show, which has been off air for almost two years. The last series averaged a very healthy audience of 3.2million.

Winkelman, meanwhile, is working on the new BBC One series Britain’s Best Cook with Mary Berry as well as hosting Strictly Come Dancing, and her  Radio 2 programme.

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Published: 17 Apr 2018

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