Pam Ferris: 'I like to think of myself as co-operative, but actually I just want to win!

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Call the Midwife star Pam Ferris says the Great British Sewing Bee Celebrity Special for Children in Need helped her unleash her competitive side!

Pam is one of 12 stars competing in the first Great British Sewing Bee Celebrity Special for Children in Need over the course of three programmes next week.

She told What's on TV: “There’s something buried deep inside me that has a competitive edge. I like to think of myself as a co-operative artist, but actually I just want to win!”

Not only is Pam feeling competitive, she’s also got a secret sewing past which gives her the edge over her fellow-celebrity competitors!

“I was very well trained as a pattern maker a long time ago. My experience is ancient. I know the technical terms for things, but that doesn’t help you sew.”

Pam explained the techniques she used to overcome her sewing adversities: “At times I don’t read the instructions properly or turn two pages at once, so I have to unpick things.

“Basically I spit on the instructions and do it my way. I’ve discovered pins are for wimps! I don’t pin, so everything comes out wrong, as you’d expect!”

This celebrity special for Children in Need follows the same format as original show The Great British Sewing Bee. Guest hosts Jenny Éclair, Sara Cox and Anita Rani preside over the stars, who include Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters, DJ Edith Bowman and presenter Gaby Roslin, who must impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin.

Will Pam’s secret past as a pattern cutter gives her the edge? Does high-kick king Louie Spence know his hemlines from his inseam? And will Hairy Biker Dave Myers realise there’s a difference between basting stitches and basting turkeys?

Find out when the shows screen on BBC2 on Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th October at 8pm.


Elaine Reilly
Writer for TV Times, What’s On TV, TV & Satellite Week and What To Watch

With twenty years of experience as an entertainment journalist, Elaine writes for What’s on TV, TV Times, TV & Satellite Week and covering a variety of programs from gardening and wildlife to documentaries and drama.


As well as active involvement in the WTW family’s social media accounts, she has been known to get chatty on the red carpet and wander into the odd podcast. 

After a day of previewing TV, writing about TV and interviewing TV stars, Elaine likes nothing than to relax… by watching TV.