Fans are delighted about the return of the Great Pottery Throwdown – and suggest a controversial change to the format

the great pottery throwdown new series, with host siobhan mcsweeney and judges keith brymer jones and rich miller
Fans want a controversial change to the ThrowdownChannel 4

Contains spoilers for Great Pottery Throwdown episode 1

It’s one of our favourite craft TV shows and a must-watch for any budding potters – and last night fans were delighted to welcome the return of the Great Pottery Throwdown to their screens.

The pottery show – which sees 12 brilliant home potters battle it out to be crowned the country’s best at the craft at the home of pottery, Stoke on Trent – began with a (kiln) blast on Sunday night on Channel 4.

It was the same format as usual for the first episode in the sixth series, with expert judges Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones judging the contestants’ efforts through three challenges.

At the end of each episode, one person is knocked out and another is made potter of the week. This week, the challenges included a birthday tea set and handless jugs.

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And it seemed that the craft show was exactly what the British public needed, in the long weeks after Christmas. Jo Thomas tweeted: “Lovely to have #PotteryThowdown back on our screens!”.

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Richard Blaize agreed, saying: “Absolutely lovely first episode of #potterythrowdown.

"Best way to end a Sunday.”

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For some, it's the highlight of the TV calendar. Adamski tweeted to say: "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again for every series but #PotteryThrowdown is such a warm, lovely programme, it has me in bits every time. I love it."

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Of course, a contestant leaving each week is a key part of the Great Pottery Throwdown. But some viewers felt that it was cruel for a potter to be eliminated in the first week – this series, 29-year-old Vithu was the first to go.

Ms Insomniac took to Twitter to say: “Why can’t we have a week where no one goes. But in my world this programme is so feel good I wouldn’t want anyone to go. Kudos to Vithu for having a go.”

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Carol agreed, tweeting: “I really don’t understand why any contestant from either the Pottery Throwdown, Sewing Bee or Bake Off has to leave the first week. Give them all time to settle in. Have the best potter, outfit or baker still but just give everyone the chance to calm their nerves.”

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The Great Pottery Throwdown is on Channel 4 every Sunday, with each episode also released each week on All4.

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