Channel 4 has commissioned an inventive and spectacular new crafting series from Studio Ramsay. The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft (w/t) is an inventive new 6 x 60-minute series, where skilful competitors turn crafting on its head to create Prop-like, mic-drop craft of epic proportions. Hosted by comedian and master crafter Keith Lemon each episode sees innovative creatives from across the UK use their artistic talent to wow us with spectacular makes.
Filmed in a surreal factory set which has been taken over by craft, each episode features four fabulous crafters who must use their unique creative skill set, to stick, sew, hammer and craft their creations in to life.
Over two fantastical rounds, Keith and co-host Anna Richardson help the grafting crafters navigate through the tasks as they construct their spectacular creations.
In the first round the crafters will create a bespoke item in response to a fantastical brief from factory owner Keith. Quality control craft experts, Harriet Vine OBE and Zak Khchai, will deliberate and help Keith choose the three most impressive makes with the worst one being dramatically ‘recycled’. The remaining crafters will advance to round two, where a celebrity guest will commission them to make the most fantastical creation of their lives before deciding which of our crafters will be declared the winner of the show.
Keith Lemon is a talented artist and crafter. Before becoming a household name, he studied art and design at Leeds College of Art, re-creating props for many of his TV shows including an ET model out of masking tape and kinder egg packaging for Keith Lemon Sketch Show. He also built life size models of the Star Wars characters R2D2 and C3PO. Founder of ‘KIL Clothes’, his official clothing line where all the clothes feature original designs by Keith who uploads his makes, graphic designs and doodles to social media to #lemonart.
Keith said: “I’ve always had love for making things, drawing and painting. I’m also a very good dancer. But that’s for a different show. I honestly can’t wait to get in that Fantastical World of Factory of curious craft to marvel at the mad skills of our crafters! In fact, I’m changing my middle name of Ian to ‘craft’! Keith Crafty Lemon! Word!”
Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 Head of Features and Formats added: “What do you get if you cross Keith Lemon, craft, the host of Naked Attraction and a factory full of glitter? The answer is a world of pure imagination, and we can’t wait for this joyous format to burst on to screens soon!”
Lisa Edwards, CCO of Studio Ramsay and Gordon Ramsay said, “We are hugely excited by this one of a kind format – mischievous, smart and fantastical, we can’t wait to let some of Britain’s brightest crafters shine. With grand master crafter Keith at the helm, we are delighted to be bringing this magical world to life on Channel 4.”
The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft was commissioned by Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4 Head of Features and Formats and Commissioning Editor Clemency Green and will be overseen by Commissioning Editor Deborah Dunnett. Executive producer is Andrew Cartmell with Lisa Edwards, Fernando De Jesus and Gordon Ramsay executive producers for Studio Ramsay and director Ed St Giles.
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