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Ten home potters compete to become the new champion of British pottery. They must test their technical prowess in front of a special guest judge, ceramic designer Emma Bridgewater.

For the new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down, hosted by Sara Cox, ten home potters return to Stoke-on-Trent and compete to become the new champion of British pottery.

The judges, master-potter Keith Brymer Jones and ceramic-artist Kate Malone scrutinise their work over three gruelling challenges. For their Main Make, the potters throw and decorate an identical sixteen-piece dinner set.

Testing their technical prowess in the Spot Test, the potters must sponge decorate a coherent design across a pair of jugs. Hardly easy at the best of times, they must also do it in front of a special guest judge, one of the UK's most popular ceramic designers - Emma Bridgewater.

Their final challenge is the Throw Down, where the judges examine the potters' skill at the wheel, and they must throw the tallest cone they can in just 15 minutes.

On the final day, kiln man Rich Miller will remove the potters' dinner sets from the flames. The heat is on as they all want to win Pot of the Week and get their ceramics into The Great Pottery Throw Down gallery. But whose dinnerware will be the first to be displayed and who will be leaving?

1 hour

Last on

Tue 28 Mar 2017 03:05

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    The Creation

    Making Time

  • 00:01

    Williams Fairey Band

    Strings of Life

  • 00:02


    Strange Brew 

  • 00:04

    Booker T. & The MG’s


  • 00:05

    The Spencer Davis Group

    Keep On Running

  • 00:10

    The Dave Clark Five

    Come Home

  • 00:12

    Sandy Nelson

    Drums A Go Go

  • 00:15

    The Spencer Davis Group

    I'm A Man

  • 00:18

    Williams Fairey Band

    Voodoo Ray

  • 00:19

    The Fireballs

    Ahhh Soul

  • 00:21

    Marquis of Kensington


  • 00:29

    Williams Fairey Band

    A Day In The Life / Can You Party? (Medley)

  • 00:30

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Time Is Tight

  • 00:40

    Booker T. & The MG’s

    Green Onions

  • 00:42

    Sandy Nelson

    Boss Beat

  • 00:47

    Dusty Springfield

    (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher

  • 00:56

    Williams Fairey Band

    Pacific 202

  • 00:57

    Small Faces

    Almost Grown


Role Contributor
Presenter Sara Cox
Judge Keith Brymer Jones
Judge Kate Malone
Judge Emma Bridgewater
Executive Producer Sarah Thomson-Woolley
Series Producer Elliott Gerner
Director Tim Van Someren
Production Company Love Productions