Sky Arts will highlight the best of Britain’s design talent in The Big Design Challenge, which will debut on the British free-to-air channel and the streaming service NOW in February 2022.
The five-episode series is hosted by DJ, author and presenter Lauren Laverne (pictured), and will follow eight creators as they face off in a new skills-based reality format to find Britain’s next superstar designer.
The designers will compete each week in two teams of four. At the end of each challenge, one team will be declared the winner, with all eight artists judged individually. After four challenges are complete, two finalists will be announced, who will then lead the teams for the final challenge, which will take place at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. The winner gets the opportunity to show their designs at the V&A for millions of visitors as well as industry experts.
The Big Design Challenge is produced by Somethin’ Else TV Studio, part of 4th Floor Creative, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Ian Sharpe is executive producer, with Barbara Lee the commissioning editor for Sky. The series is produced in partnership with Lexus.
“Design is all around us everywhere, every day whether we are eating, sleeping, raving or just telling the time. The Big Design Challenge gets us under the skin of the art of the designer in the most informative and entertaining way and we are thrilled to open up that world to our Sky Arts audience,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, director of Sky Arts, in a release.