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Former Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc reveals how her new reality series is different

"This was like a marathon."

Ex-Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc is coming back to UK screens with a new competition reality show on Channel 4.

The six-episode series, called Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker, will put contestants through tough carpentry challenges as they battle for the crown.

The tasks will be judged by furniture-making extraordinaire Helen Welch and acclaimed architect Alex de Rijke.

The series will premiere on Channel 4 on Thursday, October 21, and air weekly.

mel giedroyc on handmade, britain's best woodworker

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Speaking to Radio Times, Giedroyc said the show is very different from Great British Bake Off.

"The [contestants] are phenomenal," she explained. "They had no time between episodes, which is so unusual. On Bake Off, we'd film at the weekends, then the bakers would have the week to practice and relax."

"This was like a marathon and the woodworkers have got such grit," she added. "They're a brilliant bunch of people and enjoyed all being together, because it is usually such a solitary activity. So for them to meet others who have the same passion was wonderful."

mel giedroyc with helen welch and alex de rijke

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Each episode of the new series will put the woodworkers to the test with one 'Big Build', where the contestants will have to make creative and exciting works to be scrutinised by the judges.

In the original press release for the new series, previously titled Good With Wood, Giedroyc said: "In the topsy-turvy world of 2020 IN GENERAL, having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is pretty much ESSENTIAL. So, if you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise."

Commissioning editor for Channel 4's factual entertainment Daniel Fromm added: "Joyous, insightful and entertaining, this series is feel-good Fact Ent and an antidote to our times, as it celebrates the extraordinary craftsmanship and artistry of the country's finest woodworkers."

charlie with mel giedroyc, helen welch and alex de rijke

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Giedroyc previously hosted Bake Off alongside Sue Perkins when it was broadcast on the BBC. However, both presenters left following the show's move to Channel 4, and were replaced by Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding and QI's Sandi Toksvig. Little Britain's Matt Lucas has since taken over from Toksvig.

Handmade: Britain's Best Woodworker airs on Channel 4 on Thursdays at 8pm, starting Thursday, October 21.

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