The Great Pottery Throw Down

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From Louis Walsh to Motsi Mabuse: our favourite TV judges
The X Factor’s master of indecision, Strictly’s hilarious dancing queen, plus the least qualified foodie on TV and more. Our writers pick their top telly adjudicators

Stuart Heritage, Hannah J Davies, Rachel Aroesti, Graeme Virtue, Ammar Kalia, Henry Wong, Hollie Richardson and Luke Holland

11, Nov, 2021 @11:30 AM

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The Great British Saturation Point: is the Bake Off recipe going stale?
All That Glitters, a jewellery-making version of Bake Off, is the latest to reapply the formula in unexpected ways. Here’s a quick guide to the best, and the worst, attempts

Stuart Heritage

12, Apr, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Why we're so stoked by new Potteries film | Brief letters
Brief letters: Clarice Cliff | Reference books | Quick crosswords | Boris the clown | Pompom hats

Letters

18, Mar, 2021 @6:01 PM

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'I can't help but cry!' – how The Great Pottery Throw Down became a tear-jerking hit
They’ve fired clay with cow dung and crafted toilets that collapsed. As the latest series reaches its climax with an ‘art deco punch bowl’ challenge, we meet the emotional team behind the Channel 4 success

Ammar Kalia

11, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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The potteries of Stoke need a recovery plan | Letters
Letters: It is not too late to transform the ‘five towns’, writes Joan Walley, former MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, while Richard Ross describes how Thatcher’s deindustrialisation of Britain saw the destruction of the pottery industry

Letters

20, Jan, 2021 @5:02 PM

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The Guardian view on The Great Pottery Throw Down: eccentric and kind | Editorial
Editorial: This gentle programme also tells a curiously poignant tale of British industrial history

Editorial

15, Jan, 2021 @6:21 PM

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'Previously On': the great art of speed-watching hit TV
Is it possible to keep up with all the watercooler TV using only the recaps? We try to work out why Tom Hardy is rocking a Jamiroquai hat, why Carrie Mathison has moved to New York – and why the world of pottery is so sexy

Rhik Samadder

14, Mar, 2017 @9:00 AM

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The Great Pottery Throw Down review – tears, smut and wheel skills
The potters’ skills are extraordinary and mesmerising, while Sara Cox’s innuendos rival Mel’n’Sue’s. Plus: fluffy fun-balls run for their lives in Cheetahs – Growing Up Fast

Sam Wollaston

03, Feb, 2017 @7:10 AM

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The Great British Bake Off: producers achieve record growth
Love Productions’ revenues were almost £23m between April 2014 and June 2015, helped by spin-offs of hit show

Tara Conlan

26, Jan, 2016 @3:12 PM

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Why we are all fired up about the Great Pottery Throw Down
With the nation gripped by the hit pottery show, Tamsin Blanchard meets the last four contestants to hear about the earthly pleasures of moulding clay

Tamsin Blanchard

06, Dec, 2015 @11:00 AM

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