Sewing Bee's Patrick Grant to host special show for King's Coronation

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Sewing Bee star hosts film for King's Coronation David M Benett / Contributor - Getty Images

Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant will front a one-off documentary which will take viewers behind the scenes at uniform manufacturers as they prepare for King Charles' coronation.

Coronation Tailors: Fit for a King will celebrate the very best of British manufacturing and craftsmanship at Kashket & Partners, the leading specialists for the design, development and manufacture of high-quality uniforms for ceremonial, parade and formal wear. The manufacturers will be working overtime to create thousands of parade uniforms for King Charles' coronation.

The BBC said in the show: "bespoke menswear designer and 'Sewing Bee' judge Patrick Grant takes us ‘behind the seams’ at uniform manufacturers, Kashket & Partners, as they pull out all the stops to prepare thousands of spectacular parade uniforms for King Charles’ Coronation Day," says the BBC.

"This fascinating and timely documentary celebrates the very best of British manufacturing and craftsmanship, revealing the rich heritage and history behind our iconic military uniforms and telling the inspiring, contemporary, and powerful stories of the men and women of the British armed services who will wear these magnificent uniforms with pride."

Patrick appeared on The One Show on 25 April to talk about the documentary and the brilliant people who make the uniforms. He told Alex Jones and Jermaine Jenas about John, one of the two people in the world who have the skills to make metal helmets for the royals by hand.

Patrick said: "[John] makes a helmet by hand. He starts with a piece of metal... and he forms it completely by eye and by hand."

Patrick continued: "There are only two people in the world who know how to do this, and they're both in Birmingham."

The King's Coronation will take place at Westminster Abbey on 6th May, and the BBC recently announced that its coverage will include Strictly's JJ Chalmers – a former royal marine – speaking with members of the military as they prepare for the historic parade.

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The BBC's coronation line-up also includes Anita Rani, Huw Edwards, Clare Balding, Sophie Raworth, Kirsty Young, Clara Amfo, Jordan Banjo and radio presenters Mishal Hussain, Martha Kearney and James Naughtie.

Meanwhile, Patrick is beloved for his role as a judge alongside Esme Young on BBC's Sewing Bee, which is expected to return to our screens in the coming months. The bespoke menswear designer is also admired for championing sustainability in the UK's textile industry. In 2015, he launched a social enterprise called Community Clothing with the aim of selling great quality and affordable clothing while creating jobs in textile making regions.

Speaking about the positive shift in attitudes towards sustainability, he previously told Prima: "People are fixing their clothes and repairing them, and darning is now cool, there is really a big awareness out there now.

"All of the negativity about being poor and wearing old clothes has gone now. It’s totally ok to be fixing clothes and protecting the planet. People need to feel really happy wearing old stuff. We are consuming less material, less high street and there are a growing number of cool young people who have recognised this."

Coronation Tailors: Fit for a King will air on BBC One at 9pm on Wednesday, 3rd May.

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