Craft it yourself

Achingly cool presenters offer creative austerity tips as C4’s Craft It Yourself serves up a typically hip Bake Off amuse-bouche

With its hip young hosts, Daily Mirror columnist Ian Hyland says Craft It Yourself is ‘peak C4’, but admits it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

I’m not sure what C4’s thinking was when it decided to launch Craft It Yourself, a new show all about making things for your home.

Was it a cunning plan to whet our appetite for home crafts ahead of the impending arrival of The Great British Bake Off?

Or, in its role as a public service broadcaster, did C4 simply want to help out those middle class viewers that have not escaped the bite of austerity?

Probably a bit of both.

Although if C4 is planning to make Bake Off as funky and snappy – and LOUD – as this show it might not go down too well with the old BBC audience.

It’s perfect for C4 though.

Having spent years helping its aspirational viewers find their perfect homes with Phil and Kirstie, C4’s creative types have clearly decided it is now time to start helping them stamp their own identities on those homes.

Obviously, hand painting tiles, weaving rope benches and beading chandeliers is not going to be to everyone’s idea of fun – especially when the burns from all that tugging begin to sting.Such extravagance never stopped Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on Changing Rooms though. It won’t stop the trio of achingly cool presenters C4 has found to host this show either.

Clemency probably couldn’t be any more “Channel 4” if she tried, but she’s particularly great on this.

She’s also something of an expert when it comes to baking – which might be good news for C4. You know, if the hosts of a certain other show don’t turn out quite the way the network is hoping.


 Tuesday’s best TV: Craft It Yourself

Pinterst comes to life with a lively new series on crafting stuff for your home;

In your cups ... Craft It Yourself.
In your cups … Craft It Yourself. 

Craft It Yourself
8pm, Channel 4

If you’re the type of person who thinks that life is too short to waste time beading your own chandelier then look away now, because this lively new series is all about crafting stuff for your home. It’s like Pinterest come to life as Robin Johnson, Clemency Green and Ant Anstead get to work on various projects. This week, a dining room is drenched in Cuban styles, Clem and Robin make a woven bench, and Ant demonstrates how to paint tiles. Hannah Verdier