Patrick Freyne: Who knew Eamonn Holmes' unknowable desires could be sated by craftwork?

Channel 4’s judges ‘eat, sleep and drink craft’, aka a coronavirus cure

Keith Lemon and Eamonn Holmes in The Fantastical Factory Of Curious Craft. Photograph: Channel 4

Keith Lemon and Eamonn Holmes in The Fantastical Factory Of Curious Craft. Photograph: Channel 4

If you’d told me that at the height of a pandemic there’d be a factory of people toiling to make gewgaws for the television presenter Eamonn Holmes, I would not have been surprised. If the end times didn’t involve the briefly 5G-concerned Irishman in some way, I’d be shocked. Holmes was recently criticised for suggesting on television that 5G conspiracy theories were worth exploring; now he’s making a guest appearance on the very enjoyable The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft (Sunday, Channel 4).

This features Keith Lemon, Holmes and handicrafts – that’s three of the horsemen of this apocalypse. The fourth is the TV presenter Anna Richardson, here as a sidekick to Lemon – a sort of Lemon-aide, if you like.

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