The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft: Keith Lemon to present Channel 4 contest
James R | On 18, Sep 2019
Keith Lemon will present a new crafting contest for Channel 4, as the broadcaster looks to build upon its success with The Great British Bake Off.
Produced by Studio Ramsay, The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft is six-part series, where skilful competitors turn crafting on its head to create Prop-like, mic-drop craft of epic proportions. Hosted by Keith Lemon, each episode sees 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 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 crafters navigate through the tasks.
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 MBE 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.
Lemon comes to the show with his own art and crafts background. Before becoming a TV fixture, 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 Surprise 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 features original designs by Keith, who uploads his makes, graphic designs and doodles to social media to #lemonart.
Keith says: “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, adds: “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!”
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. The Series Producer is Kim Rossiter.