Comic Vic Reeves, real name Jim Moir, is to present a new craft series on Sky Arts, in collaboration with Prince Charles.
The Prince’s Master Craftsmen: The Next Generation “will see a selection of top amateur craftsmen take on a variety of crafting challenges to boost their skills before each of them create one final showcase piece to present to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales himself”.
Covering traditional trades ranging from parging to blacksmithing and stained glass making, the seven-part series has already been filmed and will air later this year.
Sky says: “When it comes to traditional craftsmanship, Britain has a rich heritage – from wood carving to blacksmithing and weaving to stained glass – but we risk losing it forever. last year in the UK, four heritage crafts were declared extinct and a further 56 are critically endangered.
“The Prince’s Foundation advocates for the preservation of heritage craft skills through the wide range of education and training programs it offers at sites across the UK, including at its headquarters in Ayrshire, Dumfries House, at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London and at Highgrove Estate in Gloucestershire. The Prince’s Master Craftsmen: The Next Generation will bring some of these professions back to life by invigorating them with a new generation of talent.
“From across the country, the six amateur artisans will explore the history and importance of six key disciplines. They are joined by some of the country’s leading experts who give them a new task in their trade every week.
In the finale, artisans will visit Dumfries House, home to the Prince’s Foundation, to seek inspiration for their showcase pieces, before presenting their finished work to Prince Charles at his private residence, Highgrove House.
Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, commented: “Over the past couple of years many of us have been getting into artistic endeavors and more and more people are getting into craftsmanship – from stained glass to woodcarving and everything in between.The Prince of Wales has championed these traditional crafts for many years, so there seems to be no better time to showcase the brilliant skills of this cohort of craftsmen. And with Jim Moir at the helm guiding us through the show, it promises to be an entertaining and enlightening delight.
The series will air from May.