Bring back The Great Pottery Throw Down! 10,000 viewers sign a petition demanding BBC revive show

Nearly 10,000 outraged viewers have signed a petition demanding the ‘petty’ BBC brings back competition show The Great Pottery Throw Down.

The eight part series, which followed a group of hopefuls as they battled it out for the title of top potter, drew in up to 2.5million viewers last year.

But earlier this week it was revealed that despite consistent ratings, the broadcaster had axed the popular programme from its BBC2 schedule.

Nearly 10,000 people have signed the petition demanding the BBC resurrects The Great Pottery Throw Down. Pictured left to right is Sara Cox, Kate Malone, Keith Brymer Jones, the show’s stars

The show, which was presented by Sara Cox and ran for two years from 2015, is made by Love Productions – the company also behind The Great British Bake Off.

TV sources have suggested that the broadcaster has not recommissioned the programme due to ‘sour grapes’ with Love Productions after the company sold the baking show to rival broadcaster Channel 4 as part of a £75 million deal.

Now a petition calling for the broadcaster to bring back The Great Pottery Throw Down has gained 9,600 signatures. (likely to go up)

It accuses the BBC of cutting the programme ‘out of spite’ and urges the corporation to consider the licence fee payer deciding to axe popular shows.

‘The BBC have decided, out of spite for losing the Great British Bake Off, to axe the Great Pottery Throwdown’, the petition reads.

‘The public should have more say in what the corporation does and how they spend our money – so stop being petty and bring back popular programmes’.

Guest Judge Johnny Vegas. One fan said the show had resulted in pottery and ceramics classes being 'oversubscribed'

Guest Judge Johnny Vegas. One fan said the show had resulted in pottery and ceramics classes being ‘oversubscribed’

Fans who signed the petition described the decision to axe the show as ‘a tragedy’ and ‘a terrible shame’.

One wrote: ‘A shocking spiteful decision with no regard to the views of licence fee payers.’

Meanwhile, another said the show had resulted in pottery and ceramics classes being ‘oversubscribed’.

The show, which was filmed at Middleport Pottery, is also said to have helped boost tourism to Stoke-on-Trent.

BBC2 controller Patrick Holland has commissioned a second series of The Big Family Cooking Showdown – which drew in an average audience of 1.4million – and Million Pound Menu which had an average audience of just 800,000.

One insider told the Mirror: ‘Pottery Throwdown did really well on BBC2, they were a perfect fit. ‘It just seems incredible that it won’t return when other shows that haven’t done nearly so well are being brought back.

‘You’ve to wonder whether this isn’t all just sour grapes over Bake Off going to Channel 4.’

When asked whether the broadcaster would review its decision, a BBC spokeswoman said: ‘Whilst we are proud of The Great Pottery Throwdown and very grateful to everyone involved in the two series, we sometimes have to take difficult decisions in order to make room for new shows.’

A representative for Love Productions has been approached for comment.