How can Americans watch The Great British Sewing Bee?
June 28, 2020 8:40 AM   Subscribe

I recently found the first season of this show on You Tube, but haven't been able to find any of the other seasons? What gives?

The Great British Sewing bee first aired on the BBC in 2013, with a similar format to The Great British Bake Off, e.g. Each episode features three sewing challenges with a specific theme. There have been 7 seasons. So why hasn't it made it's way across the pond like almost every other British show? Not even available through Britbox.

Is there some secret, sneaky way to watch BBC One in the US?
posted by mulcahy to Media & Arts (33 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Check your MeMail.
posted by Lexica at 8:56 AM on June 28

I also am interested in knowing this.
posted by bunderful at 10:07 AM on June 28

I would also love to watch this show and find out how!
posted by primate moon at 10:45 AM on June 28

Nthed! I watched the first 2-3 seasons, and it was so charming!
posted by Caravantea at 10:48 AM on June 28

I did not know this existed. Now I need it, too.
posted by bilabial at 11:15 AM on June 28

I nth wanting to know how to watch.
posted by XtineHutch at 11:26 AM on June 28

I do as well!
posted by Gadarene at 11:28 AM on June 28

Add me to the chorus.
posted by kathrynm at 11:30 AM on June 28

The Pirate Bay has magnet links for S03E05, S03E06 and season packs for S04, S05 and S06, if that helps anybody.

Sometimes good results can also be had by posting requests to r/UKTVLAND/.
posted by flabdablet at 11:35 AM on June 28 [4 favorites]

The Sewing Bee subreddit has links to episodes: As far as I know there is no official way to watch the show in the US (I, too, have spent a while trying to find one).
posted by firefleet at 11:55 AM on June 28 [3 favorites]

With a little further digging it becomes apparent that The Pirate Bay has working magnet links for all episodes.
posted by flabdablet at 11:55 AM on June 28 [2 favorites]

Multiple MeMails sent to all who asked.
posted by essexjan at 11:57 AM on June 28

You can watch it on BBC iPlayer with a VPN.
posted by ellieBOA at 11:59 AM on June 28

I'm interested too, if someone wouldn't mind MeMailing me. I have seen series 5 and 6 but would like to see the older ones. (If anyone doesn't know - there was a FanFare thread on MF for each episode of series 6, posted by EllieBOA.)
posted by paduasoy at 12:01 PM on June 28

iPlayer only has series 6 at present, near as I can tell.
posted by flabdablet at 12:15 PM on June 28

I was hunting for it yesterday and found S01E01 at Vimeo: here.

r/UKTVLAND/ (thanks, flabdablet) has S03E06 (final): here.
posted by paduasoy at 12:20 PM on June 28

I'm adding my name to the list because Mrs. W would love to watch this.
posted by wittgenstein at 12:59 PM on June 28

I also would love to see this show please.
posted by seasparrow at 1:08 PM on June 28

More MeMails sent.
posted by essexjan at 1:20 PM on June 28

firefleet's link has all the seasons, including 6. People have uploaded a lot of other British shows to reddit, which can be found by googling something like "[name of show]". I mention this because if you're looking for sewing bees you might also be interested in pottery throw downs et al.
posted by trig at 1:22 PM on June 28

Ooh, I would love to see this. Is there a good vpn people recommend for this purpose?
posted by music for skeletons at 1:28 PM on June 28

I would love to see it too, please? I'd go to the subreddit, but that would surely mean instant spoilers on the season just finished.
posted by tomboko at 1:35 PM on June 28

It is a great show. I have seen a few seasons and sporadic episodes on YouTube, but was sad not to be able to follow along in FanFare because I could not find the current season. Why the heck isn't it on Britbox or Acorn, at least (assuming those still exist). Anyway you guys this show is so great and Patrick should wear more kilts and his Ted Talk about sustainable fashion is good.
posted by Glinn at 2:09 PM on June 28

I'd go to the subreddit, but that would surely mean instant spoilers on the season just finished

The post currently at the top of the subreddit is the one with the links. To avoid any chance of spoilers, just don't scroll down.
posted by flabdablet at 2:33 PM on June 28

I would also love the link!
posted by kiwi-epitome at 7:04 PM on June 28

OMG Memail me too please???
posted by QuakerMel at 7:15 PM on June 28

Does the reddit link posted by firefleet not work internationally? Works for me in the UK.
posted by paduasoy at 1:39 AM on June 29

NordVPN works well for me. I, too, want the magic mi mail. Thanks!
posted by Bella Donna at 3:01 AM on June 29

With nothing the slightest bit technical done to make it happen, the Reddit link is working well enough for me in Australia that I will most likely soon be in a position to start sending memails of my own.
posted by flabdablet at 3:39 AM on June 29 [1 favorite]

I've been using a free chrome vpn extension (setupvpn) for watching the "The Great Pottery Throw Down", and it works just fine.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 5:38 AM on June 29

All MeMails sent. Some ISPs block streaming sites, so you might get a 404.
posted by essexjan at 7:11 AM on June 29

I would also love to watch this but the link on Reddit is not working for me, unfortunately.
posted by cp311 at 2:06 PM on June 29

OP here. Glad to see so many of you are interested in this show. If you haven't seen it yet, I think you'll love the down-to-earth contestants and overall wholesomeness of the show. Please spread the word so Netflix or Britbox will consider booking the show.

It appears there are a number of nefarious ways to view the show, some pretty straightforward, some which may inflict malware on your computer.

Most of you may have received an email about at least one method. If you didn't, and want more info, email me. Special thanks to Lexica, my first respondee, and all others who had suggestions.
posted by mulcahy at 5:22 PM on June 29 [2 favorites]

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