Judges: Glenn Adamson, Mary Jane Baxter, Piyush Suri
BBC Productions Bristol for BBC Two, 8 to 19 October 2012 (10 episodes in 1 series)
Paul Martin is a man on a mission. He wants Britain to retain its tradition of making things by hand, to make its own crafts in a non-mechanical manner, and then to take over the world! That might come across as a little big-headed, so he'll settle for putting some of them on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
At the heart of each edition is a competition: five amateur creators have been invited along to display their wares. There's no theme to each day's contest - a silversmith could go up against a woodworker and a stained-glass blower. A panel of judges will review them, using such nebulous critera as "an antique of the future" and "something that will look good in the museum"; the item they judge best will be put on public exhibition.
It would be a mistake to class Handmade Britain solely as a competition programme. The show has a gently educational theme, demonstrating how it's possible to blow glass or make one's own silver ring. Each edition comes from a different heritage centre, allowing Paul to talk with other craftspeople, and demonstrate other crafts that people pursue.
Handmade Britain is a gentle mix of nostalgia and action, seen by the target audience as just right for the 3.45 cup-of-tea-and-biscuit slot.