After an agonising wait, BBC Two’s new jewellery talent contest show All That Glitters finally graced our screens at 8pm last night. But was it worth the wait?
The overwhelming consensus seems to be, emphatically, yes!
The show did not stray far from the formula laid out by Great British Bake Off, and that was the right move on the producers’ part.
And with only two challenges to complete in each episode’s hour-long run-time, it felt as though the show perhaps had more time to breathe than Bake Off does with it’s three challenges plus adverts.
All That Glitters used this extra time to delve into the technical aspects of jewellery design in surprising depth given it is for a mass audience, spending a good amount of time explaining the processes used by the contestants.
On top of this it also discussed the business and retail side of the industry, and even went into the history of jewellery.
Where it really shines, though, when the jewellers’ personalities come through, and fortunately the producers have chosen a good bunch.
The eight jewellery designers showed off their varied skillsets and styles across two challenges: first designing a trio of silver bangles for the mass market, and next creating a pendant for a specific brief set by a member of the public.
Commenting on Professional Jeweller‘s Instagram post about the show, @gemporia said: “It was great! Some real talent there. Who is everyone rooting for?”
Unfortunately we did have to say goodbye to one of the cast at the end of the episode with judges Solange Azagury-Partridge and Shaun Leane giving firm but fair criticism to one contestant, as per the Bake Off recipe it follows – but it will be interesting to see where the show goes as its tasks become more challenging over the coming weeks.
Here’s looking forward to episode two next Tuesday!